Sunshine and warm weather can only mean one thing. It’s barbecue time. Forget stocking up your fridge and don’t even bother messing with that grill. Get into the summertime spirit and head to one of these restaurants where you will try the best barbecue in DC.

Garden District
1801 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009

Garden District offers all of your backyard barbecue favorites plus a few surprises. Enjoy delicious smoked and grilled sandwiches, like pulled pork, brisket or a hot dog with slaw. The friendly and fun barbecue joint also features German cuisines, like the German bratwurst with kraut and German beer. Don’t forget to add tasty side items like the barbecue beans, hand-cut fries, potato salad or hush puppies. Garden District also offers non-alcoholic beverages, bottled beer and burgers. Make sure to get there early because the joint shuts down once the barbecue is gone.

Hill Country Barbecue and Market
410 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 556-2050

Named after the rugged hills found in Texas, Hill Country Barbecue and Market honors all things barbecue and country music. Fill up your plate with only the best cut meats, like pork loin, beef ribs and brisket. Add tasty side items like collard greens with applewood smoked bacon, longhorn cheddar mac and cheese or the campfire baked beans with burnt ends. Sip your sweet tea or lemonade out of a mason jar. Hill Country also offers beer, wine and spirits and tasty desserts. Weekly specials include all-you-can eat Mondays and Rock n’Twang Live Band Karaoke on Wednesdays.

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Smoke and Barrel
2471 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-9353

Nothing goes better with barbecue than a good bourbon. At Smoke and Barrel, you will find just that. The casual and cool full-service restaurant and bar features house-smoked meats and signature barbecue and hot sauces. Try the barbecue sampler for two, where you’ll get brisket, pork, sausage, half a chicken, a half slab of ribs and four sides. Or, try the brisket steak and cheese sandwich. Wash it all down with a whiskey on the rocks or enjoy a mixed drink made with homemade ingredients. Smoke and Barrel also offers a rotating menu of draft beers, craft cans and hard-to-find bottled beers.

DCity Smokehouse
8 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 733-1919

Size doesn’t matter at what the Washington Post calls “the tiniest new barbecue joint” in DC. DCity Smokehouse features barbecue favorites from all over the country including Texas, Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. Try the pork ribs and rib tips, which feature dry-rubbed and slow-smoked ribs and tips with homemade barbecue sauce, pickles and Texas toast. Or, try the Meaty Palmer Sandwich, which comes with smoked turkey and pork belly with smashed avocado and jalapeno aioli. Enjoy delicious side items, like green smokey brisket chili, red chile coleslaw and barbecue pinto beans.

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Inspire BBQ
650 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 391-0741

Enjoy fall-off-the-bone barbecue and support DC youth all at the same time. Inspire BBQ hires DC teens who are inspired by the culinary arts and hospitality industry. These teens help make many of the tasty dishes featured at Inspire BBQ. Order up the barbecue ribs platter, which features Inspire BBQ’s signature dry rub, slowly smoked ribs, sweet corn muffins and a variety of Inspire BBQ signature sauces. Or, try the fried mango ginger barbecue chicken, which is served with honey-dipped cornbread. Side items at Inspire BBQ include string beans, sweet mesquite smoked beans, coleslaw and collard greens. Enjoy homemade iced tea and delicious desserts.

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