UPDATE: SOUTH FORK HAS CLOSED
South Fork, easily the best barbecue place north of the North Carolina line, has closed. Blaine Cooper has packed up his custom smoker and is headed to Austin, where good barbecue is appreciated. It makes sense. Why would a true artist want to serve people who would rather have chicken fingers? The same thing happened years ago when the Golden Rule opened a branch in LongIsland, a true barbecue desert. People only wanted hamburgers.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
I saw that Southern Living had named South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg the best barbecue place in Virginia — actually, the one bucket list barbecue place in the Old Dominion. Feeling a bit like Cincinnatus, I recognized the call of duty, and decided to take yet another road trip in my ongoing quest for good barbecue near Washington, DC…
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