KBQ Real Barbecue
Address: 12500 Fairwood Pkwy., Suite B-1, Bowie, MD 20720
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)., American, Barbecue
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Sunday noon to 6.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Ribs; pulled pork; country-style sausage; smoked brisket; grilled chicken wings; potato salad with shrimp; baked beans; mac' and cheese; Key-lime pie.
Price Details: Starters, $1.99 to $4.99; main courses, $5.99 to $11.99.
Photograph by Matthew Worden.
Why go: Short of making a pilgrimage to the open-pit joints of southern Maryland, Kerry Britt’s place serves up the closest thing to the smoky, backwoods taste that ’cue purists crave. Close your eyes and you can almost forget the Bowie strip mall that houses it.
What to get: Pulled pork in moist, ropy strands; country-style sausage full of spice; smoked brisket with the fall-apart lusciousness of braised short ribs; eggy potato salad with shrimp; molasses-drenched beans; Carla’s Key-lime pie.
Best for: A lip-smacking picnic to go.
Insider tip: Resist the urge to sample the fish of the day—it’s often lackluster. Best to stick with the pork.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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