1. Smoke & Barrel
A favorite barbecue spot in Adams Morgan, Smoke & Barrel does good BBQ really well. And even vegans will love the smoked vegan wings.
2. The BBQ Joint
Chef Andrew Andrew Evans was once a fine dining whiz until he was asked to judge a BBQ contest and from there he was hooked and has been chasing flavors ever since. The BBQ Joint is his local joint, originally started in Maryland but has branched out to two DC locations.
3. DCity Smokehouse
DCity Smokehouse is going through some growing pains as it moves to a bigger restaurant. But even with the location switch, they still do some of the best BBQ in the city and their sandwiches never disappoint.
4. Hill Country
The name is a nod to their Texas influence! Your order your meat and sides cafeteria style and you will love it all. There’s also live music to give that extra down-home Southern feel.
5. Garden District
A German beer garden with delicious barbecue on 14th street. You know it’s a real barbecue place when can order a pig head and it even looks like a real pig head.
6. Fat Pete’s Barbecue
Fat Pete’s is a Glover Park neighborhood favorite. It has a huge menu of different meats and classic sides like mashed potatoes and fried green tomatoes. Their speciality is the wide array of sauces that you can choose from.
7. Kangaroo Boxing Club
KBC is a cute Columbia Heights place that does one heck of a pulled pork. You also won’t want to miss the Johnny Cakes, mini cornbread cakes covered in butter for the real experience.
8. Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
Rocklands has been a DC BBQ spot since 1990 with its original location in Glover Park. Oak or hickory smoked meat is the way to go along with the classic sides like mac & cheese and baked beans.
9. Kenny’s Smokehouse
Kenny’s is a Capitol Hill no-frills place with excellent hickory-smoked meats and favorite sides. President Obama made an appearance here in 2012.
A nontraditional smoke-house, SmallFry is one of Park View’s best kept secrets near Columbia Heights. Their menu is no-frills but delicious and their only drawback is they don’t serve alcohol yet.