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“Dry spare rib slab”
Review of Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ
Ranked #199 of 768 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

The three of us came for a quick lunch on a Sunday. The restaurant was relatively empty with 3 - 4 tables occupied and ample parking lots behind the shop. We shared a jumbo pork spare ribs (6-bone slab), sliced brisket, collard green, and sweet BBQ baked beans. The way the ribs were prepared meant that the meat was dry rather than juicy; this takes some getting used to. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience.

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Thank kapitanchina
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We have been going here since it opened. Last Saturday we actually left and went somewhere else.

It was packed more than usual, so service at the bar was fairly slow. My fault that I ordered wine - should have known better at a semi-casual restaurant. It was just awful. Ordered sausage - it came out cold. We flagged the bartender and he got us another one, but this one was way over done. It looked like they took the cold sausage and reheated it. Cornbread was good - but again, it was cold. Had an order of wings, which came out last, after the rest of our food. We ate of two because they were not cooked all the way through.

We were going to order some other food but decided to go somewhere else. I have had just about everything on the menu and it generally is all pretty good (for a non-Southern BBQ place). Hope they get better again.

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Thank Sher1234
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

I've been trying to find 'That BBQ Place' in the DC region - great BBQ, a comfortable atmosphere, and great service...It's Pork Barrel! Settled in a very nice neighborhood of northern Alexandria, VA, this will be our 'go-to' BBQ place! We recommend highly! Enjoy!

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Thank Kurt T
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We came to Pork Barrel without reading first tripadvisor. What a mistake! We had pork love and sandwiches. The pulled pork and the brisket were tasteless and dry. They were out of ribs, the potato salad tasted weird. Only the coleslaw was good. Definitely a place to avoid.

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1  Thank Travelalot0007
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Our party of 11, including four children, was seated at a high table near the bar. St. Louis ribs were good, brisket and all of the sauce offerings outstanding. We were able to order excellent burgers and fries from Holy Cow, the companion burger restaurant next door. The beer selection (lots in cans) was overwhelming; tap pulls (Fat Tire, Vienna lager) were the best. The noise level and informality of the place made our kids' occasional screams and bad behavior almost invisible. The sides I tried (spicy mac and cheese, creamed corn, and Texas caviar (black-eyed peas, red onions, peppers in a vinegary sauce)) were all superb. I hope to get back here next time in VA.

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Thank Pugboy
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