You’re just going in search of BBQ. Yes, again. But this BBQ has a reputation.
Say hello to Pork Barrel BBQ, the first brick-and-mortar outpost affiliated with the burgeoning local smoke and sauce empire, opening later this month in Del Ray.
This is the kind of place to spend a meaty afternoon. As you might expect from the BBQ competition trophies displayed in the room, this is serious, Midwestern-inspired ’cue that emerges from a smoker the size of a tank (it can handle 500 pounds of meat at once).
At the counter, you’ll order up BBQ staples (ribs, quarter chickens, pulled pork and brisket) by the rack and by the pound, along with some surprises like Brisket Sausage, Chipotle Mac and Cheese, Redneck Ratatouille (basically smoked veggies) and small-batch sodas like Moxie and Sun Drop.
With a large group, you’ll then make for the communal table, fashioned from a huge slab of maple. But with a more modest crew, you’ll want to take up a post at the 40-foot soapstone bar. There, you’ll start things out with a Smoked Lynchburg Lemonade (the lemons are smoked before they meet the bourbon), then order from the huge vertical tower of taps, which will dispense stuff like Starr Hill’s Love and Port City’s Monumental IPA.
Yes, those are beers.