Cheap Eats 2009: KBQ Real Barbeque
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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KBQ Real Barbecue
Address: 12500 Fairwood Pkwy., Suite B-1, Bowie, MD 20720
Phone: 301-352-8111
Neighborhood: Bowie
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)., 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
Dress: Informal
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.

Why go: Shiny and clean, painted sunshine yellow, and housed in a strip mall, this is about the last place we’d expect to find real barbecue full of smoke and flavor. But Kerry Britt’s ribs and brisket are terrific.

What to get: Meaty, juicy pork ribs (swab them in the thick crimson sauces, one sweeter than the other); 12-hour pulled pork with a vinegary tang; tender beef brisket; black-pepper-flecked mac and cheese; fresh coleslaw; saucy baked beans; not-too-sugary house-made lemonade.

Best for: Satisfying a barbecue craving without having to take a road trip; takeout for a summer party.

Insider tip: The pulled pork can be bought in bulk and freezes well. You’ll find discount coupons at

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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