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

The Campaign for Real Barbecue is Coming to the Washington, DC, Area

I have mentioned the Campaign for Real Barbecue from time to time here on the blog.  For those who aren’t familiar with the Campaign, it was founded in 2013 by Dan Levine, and John Shelton Reed two distinguished North Carolinians steeped in barbecue, so to speak.  The Campaign identifies and certifies places that cook Real Barbecue — True ‘Cue.  That is, barbecue that has been cooked … Continue reading The Campaign for Real Barbecue is Coming to the Washington, DC, Area

The Best BBQ in Virginia? King’s Famous Bar-B-Q, Petersburg

The 4th Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking was scheduled for a Saturday, so I headed south on Wednesday morning.  It’s not a long trip — Saturday morning would be early enough — but I was embarrassed not to have tried more of the barbecue places listed on the Our State list of 26 Essential North Carolina Barbecue Places.  Also, Nancy, having left me as Acting … Continue reading The Best BBQ in Virginia? King’s Famous Bar-B-Q, Petersburg

Best BBQ in Virginia: South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg

Originally posted on John Tanner's Barbecue Blog:
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?  … Continue reading Best BBQ in Virginia: South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg

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

The Fishing Pig, Farmville, Virginia

Well, they say it’s in Farmville, but it’s actually in Kingsville, a few miles down the road near Hampden-Sydney.  We took the back road down to North Carolina to avoid I95, and hit Farmville at lunchtime.  Yelp’s top restaurant for Farmville turned out to be the Fishing Pig (motto — Eat like a Pig, Drink like a Fish).  Who could resist a name like that? … Continue reading The Fishing Pig, Farmville, Virginia

Best BBQ in Virginia: South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg

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 … Continue reading Best BBQ in Virginia: South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg

Blue Winged Frog, Front Royal, VA

We were driving north on I-81 on the way back from the Birmingham wedding — and getting hungry.  Nancy got on Yelp and found the highly-rated Blue-Winged Frog in Front Royal, which features a  sandwich called  Death by Pork.  We drove straight to it. The Blue Winged Frog describes their death by pork sandwich as “Lean pork loin stuffed with sage sausage, fresh sage, apples, … Continue reading Blue Winged Frog, Front Royal, VA

Smokey’s BBQ, Wytheville, Virginia

We recently drove down to Birmingham for the wedding of my niece, Anne Rain Tanner, and Hunter Brown.  They are both lovely people and I was excited about the wedding, even though it would conflict with the Alabama-Texas A&M game:  I had discovered a work-around only the week before:   http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/10/sec_shorts_-_bama_fan_with_no.html.  Anne Rain and Hunter are living in Texas now, and there was a fair chance … Continue reading Smokey’s BBQ, Wytheville, Virginia