BBQ

Petworth gets juicy, twangy and not ‘too fancy’
Cinder BBQ hopes to become your new favorite hangout

Slaw, brussels sprouts and Gordy’s pickles round out a meal at Cinder. (Clyde McGrady/CQ Roll Call)

Two veterans of the Washington bar and lounge scene are teaming up with a pitmaster to bring barbecue to D.C.’s Petworth area, adding to what they call its “cool neighborhood vibe.” Cinder, which sits among Upshur Street anchors such as Timber Pizza Co. and Himitsu, will open its doors this Saturday, April 13. I caught up with the owners on the eve of the grand opening.Pitmaster Bill Coleman, a retired Marine who favors Doc Cochran from HBO’s “Deadwood,” down to the glasses perched on his nose, spent the last 16 years running a catering business before finally heeding advice from friends Matt Krimm and John Anderson that he needed his own brick-and-mortar restaurant to serve his Texas-style BBQ.

Krimm and Anderson already co-own cigar bars W. Curtis Draper and Civil Cigar Lounge and had been kicking around the idea of owning a restaurant for years. Krimm, shortly after moving to the Petworth neighborhood four years ago, even told his girlfriend that he would do it someday.

At the Table: Sen. Angus King Builds Senate Friendships With BBQ
 

Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski sat down with Maine Sen. Angus King for a barbecue lunch at Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse near Capitol Hill. King frequently orders from this local joint, serving barbecue ribs at bipartisan Senate relationship-building dinners he hosts at his D.C. residence nearby.

Polling Gets Sauce-y

What do you get when you combine BBQ sauce and presidential politics? (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When barbecue sauce and presidential campaigns come together, who knows what could happen. South Carolina, known for its great BBQ, inspired some interesting and unique questions.  

This weekend, Public Policy Polling surveyed 897 likely Republican primary voters and 525 likely Democratic primary voters in the Palmetto State. And, the 29th question on the survey introduced the topic: “Do you prefer mustard, tomato, or vinegar based barbecue sauce?”  

Take Five: Rep. Robert Aderholt

Aderholt was in the band. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week, Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala., talks about the University of Alabama's most recent NCAA football national championship and the Yellowhammer State's favorite cuisine: barbecue. Q : How many [recent] national championships have come from Alabama football teams?