AFTER THE WINERY: Hammerdown BBQ

Hammerdown BBQ started out as a food truck, but they opened a brick and mortar location in Aldie a few months ago. They’re open 11am until they run out of food from Wednesday to Sunday, and they were crowded as heck on the day we went in. Lots of people were dining in, lots of people were doing takeout. When we were there in December, their bar wasn’t open, yet, but that’s probably changed by now.

Their menu is pretty basic, which I think is what you want in a barbeque restaurant. They have sandwiches, platters, meat by the pound, and a few sides and desserts. Everything revolves around the meat. Since we had to wait in line for a good 10+ minutes before getting to the counter, we had plenty of time to discuss the merits of different combinations. Ultimately, we wound up with a rack of ribs, a pound of pulled pork, a pound of brisket, family mac and cheese, and family sweet potatoes.

The pork was okay, and the mac and cheese was pretty standard. The kids and I all liked the ribs, but Paul wasn’t a huge fan. Everyone loved the brisket, though. It was fall apart tender and just amazing. I think it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll be coming back to Hammerdown BBQ in the future.

 

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