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by Lauren Jones

When you see a giant lion roaring at you on the side of a food truck and hear bluegrass music being pumped from its inner workings, you should probably stop and eat whatever is offered. It’s going to be rad. When I stopped by Carnivore BBQ, it was just that. I tried the beef brisket topped with sauce and N.C. style (vinegar based) slaw. Oh hey bun, I didn’t see you under all of that MEAT. This—fall apart as I fork it up—brisket was definitely smoked properly in “Old Smoky” as is all of the meat that’s served up. Carn BBQ offers five homemade sauces to choose from; I had the Memphis sauce (sweet and tomato based) and the mustard sauce (hot XXX BBQ sauce + the pitmasters choice). Many a brave carnivore goes balls to the wall and opt to load on all of the sauce choices to his meat. TRY IT. The smoky brisket, hot and sweet sauces and vinegar crunch of the slaw were so good that I wanted to yee-haw to everyone at the meat eatin’ hoe-down around me.

I did, however, have some beef with the beef in lieu of customer service. While I totally understand that all of the suits in DC during peak lunch hour are waiting in line as fast as they can, if your truck comes with a painted lion and bluegrass music you should probably assume that your audience is going to be awesome and friendly. So, pitmaster, YOU SHOULD BE TOO. Check out the Carn BBQ beginnings and all the info you need here. Aside from the brisket they pull things too like pork and chicken. Sandwiches start at $8.

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