The Quest for the Perfect Pig: Mr. B’s

18 Feb

If asked what Barbeque means to you, everyone would have a unique Mr. B's Barbequeanswer.  Everyone’s barbeque tastes are different, and everyone’s favorite rib sits under a different roof.

The other night The Hay Sayers were sitting around, talking barbeque, and realized that neither of us knew what we would call our favorite slab.  So this weekend we set off, on the first adventure in a simple journey to find the perfect pig.  We will eat our way through joints in the city, bone gnaw the surrounding area, and when given the opportunity, taste what whatever else is out there.  Lucky for you, we will document it all.  Doug will set up the story, and Kareem, with his glorious buds, will report on the flavor.


After a slow start on Saturday, Kareem and I loaded up the car and took off to pick up a third adventurer in VA.  From there we programmed the TomTom to give us a random route and set out for Mr. B’s in White Post, VA.

We quickly realized that we  may have gotten a little carried away when randomizing the route.  We passed from Virginia to Maryland, crossed the corner of West Virginina, all before returning to Virginia.  Once we got off the interstate in Maryland, the mountains quickly grew closer, and the scenery set the perfect mood for some barbeque.

A few hours later, we rolled into the “town” of White Post.  From what we could tell, White Post is nothing more than a few streets forming an intersection around a large white post.  The only business I saw was Mr. B’s, and that was all we needed.


Beautifully nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Mr. B’s Bar-B-Que was certainly in the middle of nowhere.  When you pull up and look around, you see nothing but farms and a cluster of modestly sized homes on a two lane country road.

Inside Mr. B’s, the smell of freshly smoked meat filled the air.  I couldn’t help to stare at the wall of options for bbq sauce covered meat and be in awe.  The gentlemen who workedMr. B's - Doug there were very nice and took our order.  We decided to get a rack of ribs with the sides of cole slaw and potato wedges.  I was salivating with anticipation for this food by the time I paid for my meal!

When eating time came, there was a small problem…there was nowhere in this place to sit down and eat!  All that was in the building was a soda cooler and the steam tables with the food.  We were confronted with a tough decision, sit outside at a picnic table and eat our food in the cold, or attempt to inhale bbq ribs in the comfort of Doug’s Subaru…We opted for the former and it made for quite a brief meal.
The ribs were very good, definitely a welcome meal in the middle of February.  The sauce was a little runny, but it had a good flavor and went well with the smoked meat!  The slaw was okay, pretty basic but I still ate plenty of it along with the wedges which I always have a weak spot for.  They were great!  Overall I would say the ride was worth the meal and the only two things that would have made this meal better would have been sweet tea and corn bread.  Even with these two minor suggestions, it doesn’t take away from the fact that we managed to devour our food in about 7 minutes!!  Might I also go further and say I can’t think of a better way to spend 7 minutes on Valentines Day!


All in all it was a great day and a perfect launch of our Quest for the Perfect Pig.  Thanks to Michelle for joining us in the adventure.


2 Responses to “The Quest for the Perfect Pig: Mr. B’s”

  1. M Ho February 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    It was my pleasure to join in on this BBQ/Quest for the Perfect Pig adventure. I would be happy to join you two haysayers any time you want to try out something new and random!

  2. Chris Grier February 19, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    I. Want. To. Go. To. There.


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