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Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Captain G ()
Date: August 21, 2009 03:05PM

I'm new to the area and am eager to find some real slow-cooked, made with love real BBQ. Anything in this area?

P.S. If you suggest Dave's or Smoky Bones or some other national chain, you deserve to be shot.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: August 21, 2009 03:06PM

Your mom.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ยง ()
Date: August 21, 2009 03:25PM

"Made with love" BBQ sounds like it involves special sauce with a side of kinky.

I prefer just plain cole slaw and hot sauce.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Sweeney Todd ()
Date: August 21, 2009 03:36PM

If you're willing to drive over to Ashburn, try this place out: http://www.carolinabrothers.com/

I drove by it one day, and the smell "enticed me." Good stuff!

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Space Ghost ()
Date: August 21, 2009 03:52PM

I've heard good things about this place at the Herndon golf course: http://www.jjdeli.com/

I haven't tried it myself, I keep on forgetting to go there.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: BBQ ()
Date: August 21, 2009 03:57PM

Dixie Bones is in Woodbridge but close enough; good BBQ

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Numbers ()
Date: August 21, 2009 04:18PM

Sweeney Todd Wrote:
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> If you're willing to drive over to Ashburn, try
> this place out: http://www.carolinabrothers.com/
>
> I drove by it one day, and the smell "enticed me."
> Good stuff!


I too was enticed by the smell, so I stopped in to try it.
When I went in and asked if it was NC BBQ, the dopey teenager at the counter replied, "No, we make it right here". Needless to say this didn't fill me with confidence, but I went ahead and got one.

It was ok, but lacked any real character. I love Burger Delights NC bbq and their type of cole slaw compliments it well. They now have some other type of bbq that isn't awful, but stick to the NC and you'll be good to go.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/burger-delite-alexandria

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: graymoose1 ()
Date: August 21, 2009 05:30PM

I hate to say it but Red Hot and Blue is not all that bad. Not as good as NC, but what the fuck you gonna do in NOVA

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: August 21, 2009 05:34PM

Dixie Bones in Woodbridge; great variety and certainly authentic.


13440 Occoquan Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22191


Not in Fairfax, but close enough.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/21/2009 05:34PM by eesh.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Rebecca ()
Date: August 21, 2009 06:24PM

We like Willards up near the Expo Center on Willard Road. The restaurant decor isn't much, the people who work there are surly but the food is good. They also have some really delicious side orders.

Stay away from the 'homemade' pies...I don't know who's home they were made in, but I'd bet Giant's kitchen.

Order the burnt ends sandwich...its the best thing on the menu!!

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: oo0oo ()
Date: August 21, 2009 07:58PM

That's interesting. *YAWN*



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/25/2009 04:08PM by oo0oo.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Date: August 21, 2009 08:20PM

Dixie Bones, for sure.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Anonymous Coward ()
Date: August 21, 2009 10:20PM

Williard's is the best in FFX County.

They also play the best music.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bob in Southeast Loudoun ()
Date: August 21, 2009 10:41PM

I will second Willard's and in particular the burnt ends. The brisket is good too. In other words, go with the beef.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Hootz de la Inka ()
Date: August 21, 2009 10:51PM

Bob in Southeast Loudoun, did you ever frequent the Pub in Mclean?

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: August 22, 2009 09:18AM

Numbers Wrote:
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> the dopey teenager at the counter replied, "No, we make it right here".


LOL, now that's funny.


FWIW, I'm not much of a bbq fan, but I've been to Dixie Bones and really liked it. I recall the side dishes being very good, specifically a potato and cheese dish.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Got Wood ()
Date: August 22, 2009 05:12PM

Carolina BQ is excellent.

Rockland in Alexandria is good too
www.rocklands.com/

Of course there's always Red, Hot, and Blue

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Konkey ()
Date: August 22, 2009 05:20PM

Red, Hot and Blue is not authentic BBQ. It's portion-controlled, mass produced chain restaurant food. They have about 35 locations.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: graymoose1 ()
Date: August 22, 2009 06:52PM

true but its not to bad

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: August 22, 2009 11:17PM

Konkey Wrote:
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> Red, Hot and Blue is not authentic BBQ. It's
> portion-controlled, mass produced chain restaurant
> food. They have about 35 locations.


It was fine. we ate dinner there tonight. Decent brisket.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: foodie ()
Date: August 23, 2009 12:57AM

Bluzbrothers in Ashburn...the chicken is to die for!

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: bloody blisters ()
Date: August 23, 2009 01:23AM

then why dont you....


die for it

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: August 23, 2009 02:05AM

The man has a point... you can't just say something like that and not die.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: bloody blisters ()
Date: August 23, 2009 02:28AM

RESton Peace Wrote:
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> The man has a point... you can't just say
> something like that and not die.


actually im a woman but i get waht you puttin down

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bob in Southeast Loudoun ()
Date: August 23, 2009 06:11PM

Hootz, haven't had the pleasure. Do I remind you of someone? If so, hope it's a good reminder.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: fdb ()
Date: August 23, 2009 10:13PM

Dixie Bones sucks. Why do you guys keep recommending it?

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Janey J ()
Date: August 23, 2009 10:25PM

Heh... he said bone and suck in the same sentence. *snort!*

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Date: August 24, 2009 09:25AM

Konkey Wrote:
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> Red, Hot and Blue is not authentic BBQ. It's
> portion-controlled, mass produced chain restaurant
> food. They have about 35 locations.


While I have busted on Red, Hot and Blue before, if you are really hankering for BBQ, their ribs and potato salad are not bad. I think their brisket, pulled pork, chicken, etc, are all pretty dry, though.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Date: August 24, 2009 09:25AM

fdb Wrote:
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> Dixie Bones sucks. Why do you guys keep
> recommending it?


What would you suggest?

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: August 24, 2009 09:32AM

I've been to a few parties that were catered by Red, Hot, and Blue, and they actually did a great job on the food. I've never really understood the controversy of what constitutes "real BBQ", it's sorta hard to screw up something as simple as meat with sauce, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend RH&B's for catering.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: unregistered ()
Date: August 24, 2009 09:05PM

whole foods is some jive ass, frou frou bullshit, but the one in Fair Lakes makes the best gotdamn pulled pork I have eaten in VA.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Take a Stand ()
Date: August 24, 2009 10:14PM

My recommendation would go to Willards BBQ

Their burnt ends, and pork sandwiches are the best. the ribs are good too.
I also enjoy there corn bread and sauces.

Recently I was taught the technique to making real bbq at home, I rarely go out for BBQ anymore. It takes like 6-7 hrs but damn is it good. I suggest the 3 pack of ribs from Costco. They are cut so thick, its like a pork chop on each rib. and $30 for 3 slabs is the best Ive found.
..off on a tangent

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: KC boy ()
Date: August 25, 2009 11:11AM

JJDelli in Herndon at the Golf Course is the best real BBQ in the area hands down. Takes his time and does the meat right...doesn't just add liquid smoke or try to BS you.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Date: August 25, 2009 11:14AM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> I've been to a few parties that were catered by
> Red, Hot, and Blue, and they actually did a great
> job on the food. I've never really understood the
> controversy of what constitutes "real BBQ", it's
> sorta hard to screw up something as simple as meat
> with sauce, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend
> RH&B's for catering.


I think it depends on what you expect for BBQ. When I order a pulled pork sandwich, I don't expect to get a pile of dry meat and have to pour Carolina BBQ sauce on it. I want it stewed for hours in the stuff so it is tangy and hot throughout. The ribs, on the other hand, are prepared fairly well.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: August 25, 2009 05:55PM

Carolina Brothers in Ashburn is the best Carolina style BBQ around. If you want to put a bunch of sauce on it go ahead but the pulled pork speaks for itself.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/25/2009 05:56PM by More Complete.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Zombie Dr ()
Date: August 25, 2009 06:02PM

For the early hatin on Famous Daves, I will say if your name is Dave you get a free Entree on Sunday.

Any opinions on Kingstreet Blues up in Kingstowne?

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: bbq ()
Date: August 26, 2009 12:47AM

go to backyard bbq at the intersection of sycamore street and williamsburg blvd. their bbq is fucking amazing. its close to east falls church metro

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: August 26, 2009 05:10AM

Got Wood Wrote:
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> Rockland in Alexandria is good too
> www.rocklands.com/

Tried them out on Monday since very close to me.
Yummy!

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Consumer Advocate ()
Date: August 26, 2009 07:43AM

Ditto for Rockland's in Alexandria. Also, Barbeque World on Burke Center Parkwway...the real thing, slow cooked, never dry and definately nothing fancy.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Ron Burgundy ()
Date: August 26, 2009 04:07PM

Rocklands in Arlington and Dixie Bones in Hoodbridge are really good.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: BBQ World ()
Date: August 26, 2009 06:01PM

BBQ world is the best even have a drive through. Not sure if it works though.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: drab ()
Date: August 26, 2009 10:42PM

BBQ World Wrote:
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> BBQ world is the best even have a drive through.
> Not sure if it works though.


We ate there one night. Some mighty dry shit.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ffxstoner ()
Date: August 26, 2009 11:34PM

Red hot and blue.................. express...........

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Wu Tang Nuzza ()
Date: August 26, 2009 11:50PM

JJ's Deli in Herndon. On the golf course and DELICIOUS nugga.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: bloody blisters ()
Date: August 26, 2009 11:55PM

does the golf course add to its flavor?

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: anagogue ()
Date: August 27, 2009 02:39PM

RH&B is fuckin' nasty. It's also incredibly expensive. If you're gonna eat at a chain, Famous Dave's beats it all to hell any day. Famous Dave's also beats most of the strictly local restaurants, too. But that's not saying much.

Rocklands, while not in FFX Co., is the best BBQ you can find in the area. I've never been to the Alexandria or DC locations, but the one in Arlington is amazing.

Willards is very hit or miss. Sometimes it's great, and sometimes the food is completely tasteless. Worth trying, though.

Also, there's a place way down Rt. 29 past Gainesville. It's just a trailor on the side of the road. It's decent, but also very expensive.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Date: August 27, 2009 05:24PM

Sweeney Todd Wrote:
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> If you're willing to drive over to Ashburn, try
> this place out: http://www.carolinabrothers.com/
>
> I drove by it one day, and the smell "enticed me."
> Good stuff!

vouch
very good bbq with the swine roastin out front
also blues brothers near bonefish in ashburn is decent. but not comparable

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Genevieve ()
Date: August 27, 2009 09:12PM

Charlie Schmidt's "cool cat" Wrote:
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> vouch
> very good bbq with the swine roastin out front
> also blues brothers near bonefish in ashburn is
> decent. but not comparable


REStonPeace and I tried Bluez Brothers. The sides were pretty good, but the pulled chicken sandwiches were pretty bland... not much flavor in the chicken and the sauce wasn't anything special.

I still think Willard's has good pulled chicken but with mediocre sides. Overall, my vote is for BBQ Country in Vienna.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: August 27, 2009 09:43PM

Genevieve Wrote:
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> Overall, my vote is for BBQ Country in Vienna.

I went there last Sunday for lunch and didn't really like it. I ordered one of their specials, a sandwich and two sides for like 7 bucks (good price). The pulled chicken sandwich was akin to something I could heat up in my microwave, and the sides (cole slaw and mac&cheese) were just OK. Despite the 90 degree temps they did not have the AC turned on, and instead just left the front door wide open (I had a similar experience at Born Restaurant the week before, right down the street in Vienna, is this a new trend?). Anyway, I wasn't pleased. Maybe I ordered the wrong stuff?

What's the good stuff on the menu? I'd go back if I had a credible recommendation.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bounce House ()
Date: August 27, 2009 09:57PM

I was totally disappointed with BBQ country in Vienna. My dismay was foretold wen I saw it was run bt Koreans.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: BBQ Lover ()
Date: August 30, 2009 10:22PM

That little joint on Route 29 outside of Gainsville did serve up really nice BBQ. Stopped there on my way back to C'ville to try it out. It's called "Smokin' Joes" or something like that. It's just a trailer on the side of the road, parked in a lot next to the Amish Buildings/Play Equipment place.

I just Google Mapped it and it's at 5286 Lee Highway, Warrenton. That's the address, not Gainesville. Worth a trip to try it at least. It's a little BBQ shack on wheels, but we liked the BBQ. The beef brisket sandwich was really good.

They're closed on Monday's BTW.

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Re: Best real BBQ joint in Fairfax County?
Posted by: LamarBB ()
Date: September 03, 2009 10:04AM

Now that's what I'm talking 'bout.........Frou Frou and BBQ at the same store. Only in NoVa.

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