Smokeshack Ribs BBQ Restaurant

American, Barbecue
$$$$ ($15-$24)
Takeout barbeque, featuring ribs and pulled pork.
Tue-Thurs 11 am-8 pm Fri-Sat 11 am-9 pm Sun 11 am-7:30 pm
(Oxon Hill/Fort Washington)
301-248-8200
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Editorial Review

By Nancy Lewis
Thursday, July 22, 2004

Smokeshack Ribs BBQ Restaurant is really just a takeout, just off Indian Head Highway on Livingston Road. The day I visited, the restaurant had run out of its signature pulled pork, and the ribs I ordered ($19.95 a rack) were meaty but with a strange, rubbery texture and a thin, brown barbecue sauce with a bit of a kick but not a lot of depth of flavor.

The coleslaw -- crisp shreds of green cabbage and carrot with a creamy dressing -- is too sweet and needs more vinegar. The potato salad, with well-cooked, medium-dice potatoes, includes scallions and sweet pickles. The only drawback is what seems to be a too-generous dusting of paprika.