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‘Cue Styles From All Over The Country Can Be Found At This DC Smokehouse

Think smoked turkey and pork belly on Texas Toast

08/27/2017 20:21 EDT

What started as a tiny but beloved barbecue joint is now one of the most cultish-ly followed spots for smoked meat in the area. The initial popularity of the place grew from local pitmaster Rob Sonderman’s obsession with wood — he was constantly testing out varieties like honey locust, persimmon, and pear trees to see what kind of interesting flavor he could impart in the meat.

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Sonderman has since upgraded the size of the space and passed the reigns onto a new pitmaster, Shawn McWhirter, who is a veteran of Hill Country and has been at DCity since it started. McWhirter, thankfully, has carried on the restaurant’s most important tradition — the Meaty Palmer, the restaurant’s O.G. sandwich that includes smoked turkey and pork belly on thick-cut Texas Toast.

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Pro Tip: Try the Tommy Gun sandwich, the crispy onions and cilantro ranch make this turkey sandwich a standout. The wings also have a great balance between smokey and juicy.