Hidden DC BBQ Gems

By Spencer Ackerman

Ben, go here for your cheap Carolina-style barbeque.

My friends and I opted to sop up Saturday night’s alcohol with the signature pulled-pork sandwiches. The pork itself is excellent; it’s chin-dribbling juicy, but ill-served by the floppy white bread that carries it (Or rather, whitish bread. I thought it was just white bread, but one of my companions thought she saw some wheat in there). Better to just eat the meat with your plastic fork. And be sure to squirt some of chef/owner Bobby Donaldson’s homemade hot sauce on each bite; you can see the pepper flakes floating along in the flavored oil, and the taste is something else. The coleslaw, like everything in B & J, is made from scratch, and you get a creamy, peppery bite of cabbage to complement the mush that the bread turns your pork sandwich into. Donaldson also does a mac & cheese that could use a helping of salt but has a great savory crust. All three dishes—which is way more than you can eat—plus a cup of coffee, will set you back a mere nine dollars.

I’m sure you can find something to complain about, though.

2 responses to “Hidden DC BBQ Gems

  1. Floppy white bread is actually the perfect foil for pulled pork and chopped brisket: neutral/slightly sweet taste, no real texture to distract from the ‘q, its the minimal necessary to keep the slaw in and the fingers out.

  2. hogs on the hill (tiny shack behind the Checkers at NY Ave & Bladensburg in NE) is super amazing NC style bbq. Carry-out only. Pick up some bbq and some sweet tea (Checkers has better tea) and have yourself a picnic at the Arboretum columns when the azaleas bloom…

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