It’s never been a secret— D.C. hasn't historically been a barbecue city. With competition from all over the American South, obtaining a slot on the most exclusive ‘cue lists is a tough task. While that may be discouraging for some cities, Washington can work past it.
Why? D.C. has the unique luxury of attracting residents from all over the country, including smoker-savvy transients from the country’s top barbecue locations. As they bicker amongst themselves over whose style and sauce is superior, all are representing their regions in the nation’s capital. Washington is barbecue Switzerland, so to speak— remaining a neutral party during the arguments and enjoying a relationship with all. D.C. diners may not have a style to call their own, but it’s not needed when they can enjoy everyone else’s recipes.
This summer, spend barbecue season exploring different styles from across America without even leaving the region. Up for a smoked meat road trip? Venture to Baltimore to try that city's speciality, pit beef.