Cheap Eats 2012: KBQ Real Barbecue
Pork Ribs at KBQ. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

We’re not naive enough to think that the best barbecue in Washington can measure up to the magnificence of Kansas City, Memphis, or Texas. The fact is no one place around here excels at everything we look for in a ’cue joint. But if you hit Kerry Britt’s storefront early at lunch, when everything’s coming right off the grill, it does a pretty fair impression of what we pine for.

Britt achieves a deep penetration of hickory smoke, and the zestiness of his spice-and-herb rub gives these ribs, cooked in a smoker and finished on the grill (open pit isn’t allowed in Prince George’s County), lip-smacking appeal.

Also good: Hot country sausage; grilled chicken wings; shrimp-and-potato salad; Key-lime pie.

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