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cheap moncler jackets sale Daniel Vaughn, the esteemed barbecue editor for Texas Monthly, visited the District last month to, more or less, settle an argument I had started a year ago when I suggested that the brisket at my then No. 1 smokehouse, Hill Country in Penn Quarter, was as “good or better” than the stuff at Franklin’s Barbecue (you know, the Austin joint run by Aaron Franklin, the first Moncler Outlet pitmaster to win a James Beard regional chef award and the dude whose worshipers stand in line for hours for a taste of the Texas Trinity, the semi comically sacred name for the combo plate of brisket, ribs and sausage). area for 2017] cheap moncler jackets sale

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cheap moncler jackets We visited Hill Country on a Sunday in late moncler outlet store June. Our order of brisket, from both the lean and moist sides, had already been sliced and was lounging under a heat lamp. I asked whether the slices were fresh. The counterman insisted they were. They weren’t. They had surrendered their monlcer down jackets succulence well before we arrived. Whatever smokiness they may have had initially was history. Even some of the bark had been unceremoniously sliced off. cheap moncler jackets

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moncler jackets outlet Vaughn quickly rendered his judgment: thumbs down, which I captured on Instagram and promptly shared. The messages, texts and emails soon followed, including ones from Hill Country founder Marc Glosserman and pitmaster Dan Farber. moncler jackets outlet

cheap moncler outlet “I was definitely devastated at first. I was hoping that he would have moncler mens jackets been impressed,” Farber says. cheap moncler After he massaged his bruised ego, he sat down with his team and explained, “It’s hard to get to the top, and it’s even harder to stay there.” He went on to say that small mistakes, like moncler outlet online the counterman’s nonchalance about the freshness of the brisket, can hurt a smokehouse’s reputation. cheap moncler outlet

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moncler outlet sale Vaughn’s opinion did not, by itself, rob Hill Country of its crown. No, the restaurant’s inconsistency did. I visited Hill Country five times in the months leading up to this year’s top 10 barbecue list, and I could never predict what buy moncler jackets would land on my butcher paper. Sometimes the brisket was so on point smoky, aggressively seasoned, fork tender that it did compare to the best found in Central Texas. Other times, I wondered whether the pit crew had forgotten to put wood in the smoker. barbecue scene in general: It’s always in flux. moncler outlet sale

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So much https://www.moncleroutletssale.com has changed since June 2017, when I last updated this list. Smokehouse Live in Leesburg has cheap moncler sale closed. Jos Andrs has entered the barbecue business with his new America Eats Tavern in Georgetown (where his crews still need to figure out how to produce more and better smoke). And some smokehouses that I thought were ready for prime time such as District BBQ in Vienna took a step back.

The result? There are four new restaurants on the list, which I expanded to 11 this year because the smokehouses that finished 10th and 11th both deserved attention, though for different reasons. There’s also lots of movement up moncler sale and down the list for those that made the cut again. There’s even a new No. 1. But for those who saw Vaughn’s stern thumbs down, that probably doesn’t come as a surprise.

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Located on a bucolic stretch of highway in Loudoun County, HammerDown is not beholden to the same environmental regulations as the big city smokehouses. Founder and pitmaster Ken Soohoo’s custom built smoker huffs and puffs on an open air slab next to the cheap moncler coats restaurant, perfuming the outdoors with the clean, woodsy scent of smoldering white oak logs. The meats pulled from Soohoo’s pit are surprisingly moncler sale outlet light on smoke, as if his giant, reverse flow rig can’t quite pull the vapors the entire length of the smoker. Still, the brisket rings true, succulent and stinging with black peppercorns. The spareribs need work: Their primary aroma is rendered fat, bordering moncler outlet sale on rancid. But the operation is not even a year old. My long term expectations are high for HammerDown.

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Honey barbecue glazed spareribs at Fat Pete’s in 2015. (Kate Patterson/The Washington Post)

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The small local chain has closed its College Park location, and its downtown operation doesn’t smoke meats on premises. Which leaves the original Cleveland Park location as your only semi reliable outlet. Based on my two visits, I’d say it’s a crapshoot as to what you’ll get here. When Fat Pete’s nails it say, slices of brisket that tickle your nose with smoke and your palate with spice you’ll wonder why you ever doubted the place. Then you’ll bite into a sparerib, its meat underseasoned and its exterior bitter with char, and you’ll suddenly remember why.9. Monk’s BBQ.

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