click to enlarge ZZQ serves up beef brisket and pork spare ribs with sides such as collard greens and jalapeño mac and cheese.

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ZZQ serves up beef brisket and pork spare ribs with sides such as collard greens and jalapeño mac and cheese.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Red, White & Cue: A roundup of Independence Day-friendly, grab-and-go barbecue.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Fourth of July celebrations are gearing up to look a little different this year.

Gov. Ralph Northam officially lifted the mask mandate more than a month ago, and as of June 24, 70% of the adult population in Virginia had gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

It goes without saying that folks are ready to let loose, light some fireworks and have their loved ones and neighbors over for a backyard fete.

Unless you’re a dedicated pitmaster, chances are you may want the pros to handle your Independence Day spread. Here, we’ve rounded up a smattering of barbecue to-go options that you can pre-order this week. Check them out:

ZZQ just reopened its indoor dining – you may have spotted the lines on Instagram – so you can always head to Scott’s Addition for an in-person Texas brisket feast. If you’d rather bring the goods home, large party orders can be placed at least 72 hours in advance by emailing

You can order pickup or delivery from Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue at least two days in advance. Choose from four different meat packages. All include three sides, rolls, hot sauce and tea by the gallon.

Q Barbeque has an easy online ordering system for your catering needs. Choose from four meat packages and select sides such as corn pudding, pineapple hot dish and collard greens.

Deep Run Roadhouse has catering packages plus family packs available (suited for four to 14 guests). Snag a party family pack that feeds 12-14 with 2 pounds of pork or chicken, 1 pound of brisket, two racks of ribs, seven large sides and a dozen buns and sauce for only $145.

If you’re holding a smaller gathering you may want to order a family meal online from the Pitts BBQ Joint. The Good Times for eight package includes one rack of ribs, a pound of barbecue with coleslaw, one pound of brisket and 2 pounds worth of two sides.

Smohk RVA has a full catering menu plus a streamlined drive-thru pickup option for a basic combo package. Be sure to add on desserts like house baked chocolate chunk and oatmeal raisin cookies and pecan pie.

Pig and Brew has meats available in different pound increments. You can order a minimum of 5 pounds of brisket, minced North Carolina-style pork, pulled chicken barbecue, and smoked pork ribs by the rack of five or 13. Order fried fish, smoked wings and fried wings for 20 to 50 people.

The Smoky Mug in Brookland Park recently fired up its smoker and will have barbecue available for pre-order by the pound through Monday, June 28. Pickup is Saturday, July 3 or the morning of Sunday, July 4. For in-person dining, Smoky Mug ’cue is available every Saturday from noon-5 p.m., or until it sells out.


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