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Cheap Eats 2007: Johnny Boy's Ribs
Comments () | Published July 13, 2007
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Johnny Boy's Ribs
Address: 7540 Crain Hwy., La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-870-2526
Neighborhood: La Plata
Cuisines: An example of a traditional Southern meal is deep fried chicken, field peas, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet tea and a dessert that could be a pie (sweet potato, pecan and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers)., Barbecue, American
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes A slab of ribs; pulled pork flecked with char and suffused with smoke; potato salad (it outshines the middlin’ fries); sweet tea.
Price Details: Entrées, $2.25 to $22.75.

At the moment, there’s no Valhalla of barbecue in the area, no place that meets all the criteria for the perfect ’cue joint: great ribs, luscious pulled pork, lovingly made sides, scrumptious desserts. So don’t burden this La Plata shack with those expectations. But Johnny Boy’s is plenty good.

Unlike other area jurisdictions, Charles County allows open-pit cooking, which is the only way to get great barbecue. Johnny Boy’s has the details down. The ribs, slathered with Mama Sophie’s marvelous red sauce, are big, smoky, meaty, and pink. The pulled pork is darn near perfect, whether you eat it alone with red sauce or stacked on a bun and topped with creamy slaw.

Don’t look for any of the niceties of white-collar ’cues like cleverly conceived starters or a bluesy soundtrack. There aren’t even booths; you sit at picnic tables and enjoy the glorious smoked meat in the sun.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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