Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Mechanicsville is no bigger than a minute, but it can claim both the Surgeon General of the United States and the House Majority Leader as native sons.  Pretty tall cotton — or tobacco.  That’s what they used to grow in Southern Maryland.  Now the tobacco is gone and the farmers are growing subdivisions.  But Mechanicsville is largely untouched by the Washington excrescence.  It’s still just … Continue reading Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland

A Great Loss: Mike Wilson of SAW’s Barbecue

Mike Wilson, the genius behind SAW’s BBQ, SAW’s Soul Kitchen, and SAW’s Juke Joint, died over the Labor Day weekend, of all the weekends of the year. Mike opened SAW’s BBQ in Homewood, Alabama, in 2009. The first time I went there, back in 2014, I posted that “SAW’s Barbecue in Homewood, Alabama, serves what may well be the moistest, most tender barbecue in the … Continue reading A Great Loss: Mike Wilson of SAW’s Barbecue

Southern Smoke, Garland, North Carolina

After my wonderful breakfast at the Oak Level Cafe, I had a longish drive down to Garland for lunch at Matt Register’s Southern Smoke.  Given the size of the biscuits, the long drive was just as well.  As I mentioned in that post, I had a lunch date, and it was with my good friend, Dan Kenney. of Lumberton, North Carolina. Dan is a Renaissance Man: … Continue reading Southern Smoke, Garland, North Carolina

A First Look at the New Wilber’s Barbecue, Goldsboro, North Carolina

We pause after Day 2 of our 3 1/2 day  barbecue-eating trip from Washington, DC, to the beach in North Carolina for a special bulletin.  Wilber’s has reopened, and I drove the two hours up there this morning — Wednesday, the fifth day of business, I think — to give it a try.  I checked on my way down to see if it had opened, … Continue reading A First Look at the New Wilber’s Barbecue, Goldsboro, North Carolina

ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond, Virginia

Friends, hop in your car right this minute and drive to Richmond while a passenger reads this exciting episode to you.  ZZQ definitely is a Top Place. After my delightful if ill-timed visit to SMoHK, I drove around a little to get ready to check out ZZQ.  I like to wait at least a half hour between meals.  Actually, I’d already stopped at ZZQ to verify … Continue reading ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond, Virginia

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue, Richmond, Virginia

Here’s the headline:   Buz and Ned’s has the best pork barbecue I have tasted so far in the State of Virginia.  It was delicious, with that wonderful flavor of hickory-smoked pork.  And it’s only 100 miles away. The coronavirus lockdown has seriously hampered my barbecue research.   It scotched a couple of planned Virginia trips as well as a trips to Kansas City, upland … Continue reading Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue, Richmond, Virginia

Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Many thanks to my good friend Dan Kenney, the genius behind the Coach4aday blog, the host of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, our Senior Carolina Correspondent, and the Master of the Deep Fried Turkey.  Dan sent this good news from North Carolina.  The much-anticipated — I should say much yearned-for reopening of Wilber’s is very close.  The pit has been rebuilt, and they have set … Continue reading Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Great Barbecue on Thursdays at the Riverdale Park, Maryland, Farmers Market

The great barbecue is from 2fifty Texas BBQ, which I have reviewed here, and whose quarantine carry-out procedures I’ve detailed here.  The carry-out process is well thought out, careful, safe, and efficient.  And tasty.  This is easily the best barbecue available anywhere in the area, and the brisket is the best for hundreds of miles. The only problem is that for now, their current shop … Continue reading Great Barbecue on Thursdays at the Riverdale Park, Maryland, Farmers Market

Celebrating Diversity — A Look Back at BBQ4Life, Boise, Idaho

Nancy has been unusually defensive of vegans.  It may have been prompted by my Facebook comment a while back about Podnah’s Pit included what some have taken as a hit against Vegans, to wit “Let’s say you’re in Portland, Oregon, and the last four restaurants you’ve been to were exclusively Vegan.  (It happens there.)  Here’s where you go -“.  It’s possible that my “0% Vegan” … Continue reading Celebrating Diversity — A Look Back at BBQ4Life, Boise, Idaho