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KBQ, Kerry Britt's Fantastic Barbecue Reopen in Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden - Closed on Dec 20, 2016

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After reading a few recommendations about this place from Chowhound (Link), I decided to give this place a visit before fighting the hordes at the College Park Ikea. Its located in the Safeway Shopping Center on Fairwood Pkwy and reasonably accessible from 495 (~30 mins from rockville). Its in a fairly new stripmall, similar to Urban BBQ, with about 10 small tables and brisk takeout business. Very clean, including the bathrooms, with very helpful and friendly staff. They were almost empty on a Saturday for lunch at 1PM, so it seems to be a great place to go on the weekends for a hearty meal. Here's a link to their website: KBQ Website with directions and their menu in PDF format.

Like most BBQ places, they focus on a few meats, along with a nice selection of sides and 2 choices for dessert(if you have room that is). I've been craving some good ribs, so went with the Half-Slab platter, which was more than enough for two people and maybe enough for 3 with the 2 included sides. I had the Broccoli salad which went very nice with the bbq, and the Mac N Cheese which was ok but nothing special. My friend went with the same platter but with Cole Slaw(good) and Potato Salad(egg and potato really, but also good). We both chose the Jalapeno Cornbread topped with a few shreds of melted cheddar. The bread was fluffy and had a nice balance of jalapeno and cornbread flavors but was a tad dry. I bought a slice of key lime(i'm a bit of an aficionado), and tried a bit at home. Good, not too heavy, but not as good as the one at Ray's the Classics (which I consider to be pretty decent).

The star of the show here is the meat, and this is indeed some darn good bbq. A nice amount of dry rub flavors the meat along with the help of slow smoking to give the rib that characteristic flavor and color that comes from traditional southern bbq. The portions are enormous, including the rib proper and the end meat including the rib tips, expertly sliced and ready to enjoy with one of their two house-made sauces. The original was a smoky tangy barbeque sauce while the Sweet and spicy was just that; both were delicious and didn't overpower the pork flavors but enhanced them when used. And these ribs were moist and flavorful enough to enjoy all on their own without being baked to blandness or charred bone dry, an all too common occurrence in most restaurants.

This is by far the best barbeque I've had in the area, and with the ridiculously low prices for the quality and quantity of food, this is now on my must-visit list whenever remotely in the area and highly recommended for anyone craving some good ol' BBQ. Be warned, visits likely to cause some form of food coma.

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This is by far the best barbeque I've had in the area
Ok, this is easily the best brisket in the area.

These are easily the best pork ribs I've had in the DC area. Too much time has separated my most recent experiences at Chubby's, Johnny Boy's, and Buz & Ned's, but these things are absolutely in that league, and considering KBQ is right outside the beltway?

I ordered a full rack ($19.99), and started plowing through them on the way home, somehow managing to drive a stick AND use only my right hand AND dip them in sauce AND not get a smudge on my white shirt AND finish half the rack before Hillandale, at which point, fullness started kicking in, and, dutiful son that I am, I delivered the rest to my mom.

I'm expecting a message on my phone shortly. "Donald ... WHERE did you get these ribs? These are the best ribs I've ever eaten! But they sure are spicy." (They're not spicy, but she'll say they are.)

In the past week, I've eaten at Palena, CityZen, and Citronelle. But the two most moan-inducing bites of food I've had may have been an Artisan Confections salted chocolate-covered caramel, and the very first bite of these ribs. DAMN these are good!

Cheers,

Rocks.

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Folks, I completely agree. We've gone several times over the past few months, even during my being on Weight Watchers (still am on it!). These are ridiculously local and easy to get to. And sooooo good. But I do also suggest you experiment with the other meats as well, and some of the sides are wonderful (especially the corn salad). And the folks that run the joint are very nice, too.

More thoughts on KBQ here.

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Seeing this bumped reminded me that I tried out KBQ a few weekends ago for takeout.

I really liked what I had. We tried the Pulled Pork, Brisket, and Smoked Chicken. Ah, actual smoke ring to the meat. Very tasty, didn't really even need the sauces [their "regular" and a sweet/spicy version, liked both but not particularly wow by themselves; the regular was a bit better imo].

We also ordered a half-sheet of their Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. Yum yum! Those hit the spot.

No Ribs the 1st time, but it's just an excuse to visit again :lol:

Great hours & local in Bowie [easy to get from via 295]. Good place to support.

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Guess I'll give that a go when I come back soonfor the ribs & more cornbread!

I have found mixing the two sauces together begtes surprisingly tasty results.

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I'm expecting a message on my phone shortly. "Donald ... WHERE did you get these ribs? These are the best ribs I've ever eaten! But they sure are spicy." (They're not spicy, but she'll say they are.)

Didn't get a voicemail from my mother, but rather an email from my sister, Claire Voyant:

"donald, what is the name of the place where you got those ribs? mom said it's in bowie. those were the BEST freaking ribs i have ever eaten. meagan agrees. let me know, ok? thanks

susan"

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Made a pilgrimage to KBQ today and was rewarded with some superb ribs. They were amazingly tender and very tasty. They came without sauce but I suggest adding some because the ribs just get better and better with a dab or two. Per a suggestion from the guy at the counter, I ordered the baked beans and they were indeed good. I wasn't so big on the (mustard) potato salad but I prefer my potato salad sans mayonnaise so take that with a grain of salt.

I'd like to add my voice to the chorus: if you like good ribs, go to KBQ.

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The ribs are indeed delicious and I luckily have some left overs in the fridge. My friend enjoyed his brisket sandwich too. I need to find more reasons to get out that way.

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Hey, BBQ fans, listen to Don and many others. Eat here. Report back.

First visit: ribs and pulled pork. Both were nicely smoked and quite moist, the latter a definite plus for the pulled pork. Both meats were a testament to their dry rub and smoke, and were delicious without adding a drop of sauce, which smartly is served on the side. The two sauces offered, "original" and "sweet and spicy," are good: I prefer more heat in a spicy sauce but pork is the star here and deservedly so.

Next visit: brisket and key lime pie. Looking forward to it.

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Tried KBQ for the first time this afternoon. By far the best BBQ I have had in the area. I had a half slab platter and was please to get ful ribs with the tips included. I used a combo of sweet spicy and the regular for a pleasant combo, but would have like to have a hot sauce with kick to go along with it. Both sauces were a little sweeter and thicker than I prefer and could ahve used more pepper and vinegar punch. The meat itself was tender and well cooked with a nicely peppery rub. I think the balance of char flavor to actual smoke was a bit too much to the former for my personal taste but well within the range of great Q. The meat was dry and had just the perfect chew.

The side of beans was superlative. Sweet with a hint of smoky meat in the finish. The potato salad less successful, a supermarket style mix that benefitted from a dollop or three of the sauces. The cheesy jalapeno cornbread was just not to my taste at all.

Maybe not up to my hallmarks of ribs- Hogly Wogley's Tyler Texas BBQ in LA or RIb n Bibs in South Chicago in days of yore, but neither of these joints are what they once were. Worth the trip! Great value!

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With it being slow enough that I cold get out tonight and have a date with Kay, we decided to go KBQ. One half slab platter, a 2 meat combo of pulled pork and chicken, iI have to say that either the Q was better tonight or that I just wasn't awake enough the other day. This is the best dry rubbed Q I have had. Given that my preference is a Q with enough of a mop sauce on it to be moist but not smothered, this stuff is freaking incredible. The pulled pork reminded me of Woodly's Sun Spot in the middle of nowhere in Tennessee which had been my benchmark till tonight. The ribs surpassed my memories of Rib's and Bob's on Chicago's South Side. The baked beans are just amazing.

We also met KB who jacked me about my not liking the potato salad, but otherwise is a very nice guy. We chatted for a while. We also tried the cole slaw, which while needing a little vinegar is crunchy and fresh and the mac n cheese is sneaky good. The first bite is just nice but by the end you are licking the bowl. All this for $25.00 for two with a bag of leftovers. Too bad there is no beer!

Off to bed with a shot of Caol Ila Murray McDavid bottling.

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With it being slow enough that I cold get out tonight and have a date with Kay, we decided to go KBQ. One half slab platter, a 2 meat combo of pulled pork and chicken, iI have to say that either the Q was better tonight or that I just wasn't awake enough the other day. This is the best dry rubbed Q I have had. Given that my preference is a Q with enough of a mop sauce on it to be moist but not smothered, this stuff is freaking incredible. The pulled pork reminded me of Woodly's Sun Spot in the middle of nowhere in Tennessee which had been my benchmark till tonight. The ribs surpassed my memories of Rib's and Bob's on Chicago's South Side. The baked beans are just amazing.

We also met KB who jacked me about my not liking the potato salad, but otherwise is a very nice guy. We chatted for a while. We also tried the cole slaw, which while needing a little vinegar is crunchy and fresh and the mac n cheese is sneaky good. The first bite is just nice but by the end you are licking the bowl. All this for $25.00 for two with a bag of leftovers. Too bad there is no beer!

Off to bed with a shot of Caol Ila Murray McDavid bottling.

Say hi next time. :lol:

I hate to complicate things, but I thought the pork ribs tonight were a shadow of what I had before. The other time I went (click), I showed up right when KBQ opened, I was ticket #2 (#1 was a $150 catering order!), and the ribs were furiously alive, moist, and rocket-to-Mars good; tonight at 6:30 PM they seemed dry, tired, and like they had been sitting around for a long time. While still very good, perhaps even still the best in the immediate area, they were not outstanding. Brisket, great but also muted. Mac and cheese, lame. Cornbread, lame. Coleslaw, refreshing. Key lime pie, custard-like and good. Bread pudding with raisins, sweet, fatty, and evil. Service, wonderful as before. I still love KBQ, but if tonight's dinner was my first visit, I wouldn't see why people rave about it. Incidentally, I detoured from Baltimore to Washington through Bowie to have dinner here.

Cheers,

Rocks.

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Say hi next time. ;)

Cheers,

Rocks.

Maybe KB just doesn't like you :lol:

Unless you suspiciously look like an empty chair, you were long gone by the time we got there at 9:40. They take their last order at 9:45 on Friday and Saturday.

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A week ago I decided to drop by KBQ but was unable to find it. I am from Montgomery County so I do not know the territory but I got the feeling that it was swallowed up by a Home Depot. Is this so?

Rob

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A week ago I decided to drop by KBQ but was unable to find it. I am from Montgomery County so I do not know the territory but I got the feeling that it was swallowed up by a Home Depot. Is this so?

Rob

Not that I know of (click). It's right in the middle of a strip mall.

Cheers,

Rocks.

P.S. Note the coupons on the website.

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A week ago I decided to drop by KBQ but was unable to find it. I am from Montgomery County so I do not know the territory but I got the feeling that it was swallowed up by a Home Depot. Is this so?

Rob

I'm from MoCo as well. As Rocks pointed out above, Google Maps w/ directions will get you there. If I remember correctly about the area [only been there due to trips to KBQ] goto the next major intersection after the shopping plaza w/ the Home Depot.

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A week ago I decided to drop by KBQ but was unable to find it. I am from Montgomery County so I do not know the territory but I got the feeling that it was swallowed up by a Home Depot. Is this so?

Rob

No, you just didn't go far enough. It's another 2 miles east on 450 toward Bowie from the Home Depot you must have been at (Vista Gardens shopping center at intersection of 450 and 704). After crossing 193, it's a right at next light onto Fairwood Parkway, then left into shopping center anchored by Safeway -- KBQ is just right of midpoint of center, next to a wings place.

Incidentally, the map on their website is not quite accurate. It places KBQ about 2/10 of a mile farther down Fairwood Parkway than it is. (If you'd like a satellite view of area, Google Maps' is pre-construction while MapQuest's is current.)

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Since everybody was so helpful, I guess I ought to review my visit to KBQ last week. I got the two-meat platter (pork ribs and brisket) plus baked beans and green beans with smoked turkey.

The pork ribs were definitely the highlight of the trip--smoky yet moist and full of flavor. Add hot sauce for an extra boost and you will be very happy. Unfortunately, the dry brisket dragged the experience down and the hot sauce barely saved them from nowheresville.

As for the side dishes, the beans were tasty and had plenty of smoke, but the green beans out did them with a peppery kick. Maybe the turkey did it? I couldn't say.

I would go back again but I would stick to the ribs.

Rob

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Just stopped by yesterday w/ a hankering for better-than-decent Q.

The pork ribs here are still smoky [nice to see actual pinkish color from true smoke penetration], good solid, tasty crust on the outside. It makes me want to pull out the smoker soon.

Also tried their Fish Sandwich [today it was Tilapia]. I liked it a lot. Good smokiness on the outside, still moist on the inside. Paired w/ a nice buttery flaky bun, and accompanying "mustard-horseradish" sauce brought a nice light spiciness].

I remember how decadent their Bread Pudding was, but thankfully I resisted.

Still a good place to checkout if in the Bowie area. [stop by on the way to/from the Eastern Shore]

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My experience last weekend pretty much mirrored sphere777's. I thought the ribs were good, definitely the highlight, but I will not be driving from DC to get them on a regular basis. I loved the smoky flavor and a full rack is way more than any one human can eat in one sitting (I took 3/4 of them to my parents' house), but I found them a little dry and the sauce they came with to not add much of a kick other than a little moisture. While I don't like my ribs "wet" by any stretch, I need a little more moisture than these had if I'm going to call it excellent BBQ.

The sides were all pretty bad outside of the Shrimp Potato Salad, which was a nice surprise when hit with a packet of salt and pepper. The mac n cheese was boring and the jalapeno corn bread plain bad, with a dry texture and a bitter after taste.

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Had a late lunch/early dinner here today after finishing up a flying lesson at nearby Freeway Airport. This was about 4:00 in the afternoon, and unfortunately both the pork ribs and the brisket I had felt like they had been sitting for quite a while. Both were dry, though not unpleasant, just...ok. The baked beans, on the other hand, were fantastic. They had that kind of sweet and sour flavor you'd expect, but also a great, unexpected kick of garlic, and as an added benefit were full of porky goodness as well. I don't know if they're worth a trip from DC, but if you're there definitely try the beans.

From some of the comments above, it seems like the quality of the meat you get here might be related to when you visit...wonder when that sweet spot is.

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From some of the comments above, it seems like the quality of the meat you get here might be related to when you visit...wonder when that sweet spot is.

Friday night at 6:30 they were on point, as the Smoked Chicken, half rack of Pork Ribs, and the lb. of Pulled Pork that we took to-go were all great offerings. The ribs were noticably better than the first time (a Saturday afternoon) I went and the dark meat on the chicken was smoky and delicious.

The sides (shrimp potato salad, fries, and corn bread) were all really bad, though, with the only edible portion being the fries. It's hard to resist getting a starch with a meat-heavy meal, but based on my two visits here you really must avoid, especially the corn bread. It is dry and a total waste of calories.

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I have a love/hate relationship with this board.

I love discovering all of these places that I wouldn't have known about otherwise.

I hate that now I can't walk into the Urban BBQ a couple of miles from my house, and know that I was getting the best 'cue in the area. Now I have to drive 45 fucking minutes to KBQ, because they're not even playing the same game, much less in the same ballpark.

So, screw you all, for the best ribs I've had in probably a decade. Pulled pork and beans were very good as well, but these ribs were off the chart.

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