There are so many BBQ people out there. I'm thoroughly enjoying going to the places and events and meeting the men and women that have this great passion for BBQ. I look forward to continuing my adventure to find the best BBQ in Virginia.
Smoke-n-Shine Catering-Northern Virginia
Smoke-n-Shine is a Veteran owned BBQ catering and competition team based out of Northern Virginia. They are another one of my Instagram finds. I had the chance to meet up with owners Billy Callahan and Mac Talbert(Mac was in the Navy and Billy still is) at an open house for Dizzy Pig's store in Manassas. They were doing a pop up and giving samples of their food. They were doing brisket, pulled pork, meatballs, baked beans and cole slaw. Of course I had to try everything. They even make their own sauces, a spicy, a sweet and a hybrid. I really like the sweet. It's nice and thick and has a great brown sugar flavor that I love. I will admit though that their brisket or their pulled pork can hold their own without any sauce. They sent me some sauce and I have had it at home.
Smoke-n-Shine is available for BBQ catering and whole hog roasts. Be sure to check them out and follow them on social media.
Odd BBQ a full service BBQ catering company that is now serving their delicious BBQ from Ono Brewing Company in Chantilly. This was my second stop for the day and I wanted a little something different. They offer typical BBQ platters of brisket, pork, chicken thighs, smoked turkey, ribs, korean pork belly, lamb shoulder and beef short ribs. Some of these items are on a limited availability. They also have a nice selection of BBQ sandwiches. I had the brisket sandwich with a nice slaw a house made remoulade on a toasted brioche bun. Pretty darn good. Paired really well with the Ono IPA that I was drinking. Odd BBQ is just off of Willard Road and definitely a must for your beer and BBQ fix.
A couple months ago I wrote about Divine Swine as a pop up and now they are a brick and mortar eatery in Warrenton. Tim Marcus teamed up with owner and chef Todd Eisenhauer of Black Bear Bistro to open up this one of a kind BBQ and deli. Their typical menu consists of pulled pork, jerk chicken, home made hot dogs or sausages and made to order deli sandwiches. I had the opportunity to hang out in the kitchen and help out both Tim and Todd. `That day they were doing jerk chicken with jicama slaw, collard greens and their mix of beans. Todd was also making some housemade jalapeno pork sausage. Tim told me they slowly plan on introducing on a limited basis brisket and pork belly. I am looking forward to that. I was also told that they should have their ABC license soon(if not already) to be able to have two beers on tap and they have a great walk in beer cooler where they will sell bottles of beer.
I look forward to returning many times as this is pretty close to my house and their food is very good. If you get an opportunity to check them out please do. They are only open from 10 until 4 pm Monday through Friday for right now. So it might have to be a special lunch date or breakfast as they serve smoked sausage gravy and locally made biscuits.
This weekend there are several events going on from the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest on Saturday in Charlottesville to The Taste of BBQs at Maltese Brewing in Fredericksburg and the Police Unity Tour Pig Roast at Forge Brew Works in Lorton both on Sunday. I will most likely be seen at Maltese. I will be back next week with more new BBQ places in Virginia. Until then Drink Up and Eat Well!