Baltimore is starting to really get some good barbecue. We have a couple of great options on wheels – the fab Smoking Swine and Jolly Pig, for example – and also some great spots to sit down and enjoy. I am a big fan of Blue Pit BBQ and it’s two minutes from my house (and the have great whiskey, beer and cocktails!)
So, when the folks from Mission BBQ asked me to come in, I was psyched. I do love barbecue – all kinds – and I don’t eat it as often as I’d like. It’s mostly Blacksauce Kitchen at Waverly Market (which, I must say is my favorite…Damian is the best dude.) And, I was also happy to head to Canton – also a hood I don’t get to that often – for some delicious meaty goodness.
Owners Bill and Newt set up shop at Mission BBQ on September 11, 2011. They describe themselves as two friends passionate about superior BBQ, patriotic for their country and believe in running a business with meaning and purpose: “We believe there is nothing more American than BBQ. And nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve our communities and our country. We do what we do for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders—all our loved ones in service.”
We ordered a little bit of everything: Oak-smoked beef brisket, Bay-B-Back Ribs, Half a Juicy Yardbird (roast chicken) and tons of sides like fries, mac ‘n cheese, green beans, cornbread and slaw. I liked the choices of so many sauces…and definitely ended up with a favorite – the KC Classic. The roast chicken was the most surprising new love – it was the juiciest, most flavorful chicken I’d had in a long time. I make a mean roast chicken, so I’m kind of picky about it. I will definitely go back for that.
I’m not a huge fan of chains, but they are locally based and I like their mission. Also, the people there could not have been nicer – and they served some of my favorite local craft beers! I will be back for sure. Thanks, Mission BBQ!
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