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November 30, 2011 Published in Business, Top Stories

Pork Barrel Barbecue Finally Opens In Del Ray

By Carla Branch

Pork Barrel BBQ co-owner "Mango" Mike Anderson chats with customers at Tuesday's opening. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

After two years of anticipation, Mango Mike Anderson’s Pork Barrel Barbecue restaurant is finally open in Del Ray.

Alexandrians have anxiously watched the progress of the new dining delight at the corner of Oxford and Mt. Vernon avenues. They were rewarded last night when the doors opened at 5:00 p.m. All of the delicious BBQ was sold before closing.

According to the Pork Barrel BBQ website, “The story of Pork Barrel BBQ is the story of the American Dream.

“Our journey began in early 2006 during a heated budget debate in the United States Senate. We were two fatigued Senate staffers working late into the evening and discussing the late night food options on Capitol Hill. While we were dreaming of a tasty barbecue dinner and wishing there was a good barbecue joint in Washington, D.C., Senators were engaged in a debate over the merits of pork barrel spending. Suddenly an idea popped into our heads, an idea that is now a reality – Pork Barrel BBQ.”

The restaurant offers their national award winning pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and exclusive Pork Barrel BBQ brisket sausage with sides like BBQ baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, mac & cheese, Texas caviar, cucumber salad, smoked vegetable Rattatouille and corn salad.

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