Cheap Eats 2011: KBQ Real Barbecue
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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.

Pit barbecue, cooked for hours at a low temperature over a smoldering pile of aromatic wood, is an ideal that area restaurants rarely reach--open pits are outlawed in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Kerry Britt makes do, often gloriously. The pit man of this strip-mall restaurant starts his spice-rubbed ribs, briskets, chickens, and turkeys in a closed smoker in the back of the restaurant until the meat turns a deep pink, then finishes them on the grill.

The ribs--the best in the area--aren't too big or thick; the meat's tender succulence compels you to gorge even if you've promised not to.

Also good: Spicy country sausage links; KB Wings; shrimp potato salad.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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