2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

God bless our men and women in uniform!  Especially my nephew, Murray “Cuatro” Johnston.  Cuatro’s current uniform is that of a West Point cadet, but this spring it will be that of an Army lieutenant headed off to Fort Benning to prepare to lead an Infantry platoon.  You met Cuatro as the Founder and First President of a Barbecue Club at St. Anselm’s Abbey School for Really … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode I

Having resolved the Christmas Gift Mystery (thanks Dale Leibach), I can’t leave Christmas behind without mention another gift. I have a hard time shopping for other people.  It’s rare that I pick a really good gift.  I did hit a home run one Christmas.  I gave Nancy tickets to see her favorite singer in concert in Paris.  That wasn’t the home run.  Since Nancy knew then … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode I

Sloppy Mama’s, Arlington, Virginia

Sloppy Mama’s is the best barbecue place in the Washington area — at least in the DC-Virginia part of the area.  I’m hedging because there are a couple of new all-wood barbecue places in Maryland that I haven’t tried. so stay tuned.  I’m keeping my powder dry, but Sloppy Mama’s owns the DC-Virginia crown. I went to Sloppy Mama’s as part of my continuing efforts on … Continue reading Sloppy Mama’s, Arlington, Virginia

Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, Virginia

Purcellville is a nice town of 10,000 in Loudoun County, in the outer Washington suburbs, well past Dulles Airport.  It’s in a lovely area of Virginia, and Purcellville enjoys the benefits of the growth of the Dulles tech corridor without being overwhelmed by it.  Best of all, Purcellville is the home of Monk’s BBQ, which I can certify is a Campaign for Real Barbecue producer … Continue reading Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, Virginia

Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Arlington, Virginia

Here’s the headline:  Texas Jack’s has the best brisket I’ve had in the DC area.  I mean actually very good brisket, and until now, finding very good brisket in Washington has been like finding a herd of unicorns. I had been to Texas Jack’s last year with Doug Jacobson, the Kansas City Barbecue Maven, and at that time, as noted in our review, the brisket had … Continue reading Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Arlington, Virginia

Guest Post: Griffin Johnston on Texarbama BBQ, Fairhope, Alabama

I’ve mentioned my cousins, the Johnstons, before.  My first cousin, Ann Thomas, is one of the Wilson, North Carolina, Griffins, famous for their preference for Bill’s over Parker’s.  (Now that Bill’s has closed, they seem to be fans of Marty’s.)  Murray is from San Antonio  and went to school in Austin, and, a true Texan, he makes the best brisket in the Washington, DC, area. … Continue reading Guest Post: Griffin Johnston on Texarbama BBQ, Fairhope, Alabama

Lewis Barbecue, Charleston, South Carolina

Lewis Barbecue is a Texas transplant, which means they cook beef and sausages rather than pigs.  I normally wouldn’t bother with a beef barbecue place in South Carolina.  There’s pork country and there’s beef country, and usually, the beef in pork country is even worse than the pork in beef country.  But Southern Living put Lewis Barbecue, plunked down though it is in pork-centric South … Continue reading Lewis Barbecue, Charleston, South Carolina

Conecuh Sausage has a Fan Club

I’ve told you this before, but it bears repeating: I love Conecuh Sausage.  Conecuh Sausage is the best smoked sausage in the world.  Really.  It’s made and hickory smoked in Evergreen, Alabama, which is the best-smelling town in the world.  You probably haven’t had it unless you live in the South, Detroit, or on a military base.  Nothing is too good for our men and … Continue reading Conecuh Sausage has a Fan Club

Texas Jack’s, Arlington, Virginia

Shortly after Nancy and I returned to DC from our trip to see Dear and eat barbecue, Doug Jacobson, the Kansas City Barbecue Maven, reminded me of our planned trip to Texas Jack’s, the Washington Post’s highly unreliable selection as the #1 barbecue place in the region.   Texas Jack’s is named after John B. Omohundro, a Virginia native who had a colorful career out … Continue reading Texas Jack’s, Arlington, Virginia

Hill Country BBQ Market, Washington, DC

I went to an event sponsored by a Texas group on Wednesday, largely because it was billed as a barbecue.  As I expected, it was catered by Hill Country BBQ Market here in DC, a place which has been a puzzle to me. Others, including barbecue experts like my neighbor, Doug Jacobson, the Kansas City Barbecue Maven, have had uniformly good experiences at Hill Country. … Continue reading Hill Country BBQ Market, Washington, DC