Cheap Eats 2010: KBQ Real Barbecue

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: This is the closest thing to backwoods barbecue you’ll find without lighting out for the country. The suburban-slick setting may raise an eyebrow, but the brisket, ribs, and sausage, delicately scented from long stints in Kerry Britt’s smoker, all ring true.

What to get: Ribs that need no sauce to be good; thick, fall-apart slices of beef brisket; country-style spicy sausage; rosemary-rubbed grilled chicken wings; a tangy sweet-potato salad with shrimp; mac and cheese; Key-lime pie.

Best for: Getting your chow on. A carryout order makes for an instant picnic.

Insider tip: The lusciousness of the meats varies depending on the time of day—early at dinner and early at lunch are prime times. If something is drier than you like, ask for a replacement.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.