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American, Barbecue
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

My wife and I decided to do something different for our anniversary and an online search showed several BBQ spots in "nearby" Ashburn. Based on their history and Tripadvisor reviews we decided on Carolina Brothers BBQ and boy was that a smart decision! Frankly, this...is the kind of place that might not attract your attention if you were just driving by, but not noticing and stopping would be a colossal mistake. Inside, the place is clean, cheery and a bit rustic; just the place to enjoy a fun & leisurely meal. They don't have an extensive menu but rather choose to specialize in things they do really well.The folks behind the counter were friendly and knowledgeable & perfectly happy to answer they myriad of questions a couple of first timers might ask. Once we decided, our food was ready surprisingly quickly and OMG was it great BBQ! I had Brisket (only available 3 days a week), my wife had ribs and we shared a mix of sides. The entrees and sides were as good as any we've had in recent memory & that includes trips to KC and North Carolina. (My wife is still raving to her friends about the Pumpkin cornbread.) Prices were surprisingly good for the amount of food you get. Carolina Brothers BBQ is just over an hour from home but we're already planning a return visit. Do yourself a favor and give these folks a visit!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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margaret gorey, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Diverg348 - we're soooo happy you stopped in and enjoyed your 'Q! Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate you and can't wait to serve you again! Happy anniversary!

Reviewed 20 August 2023 via mobile

So much to say, but I will start by saying it is the best BBQ we have ever had ever. Prices are also incredible. There are not to many places you can have an over stuffed pork BBQ with coleslaw for $7.50. You have to...also try the delicious Jalapeño Poppers! We concluded our meal with the tasty Banana Pudding. All fantastic and should not be missed. It is 10 miles out of our way but worth the detour. We will be back!! Thank you for such an enjoyment experience!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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margaret gorey, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2023

318kendal - Thank you so much for leaving us 5-stars and for your kind review! We appreciate you! Please come back again soon -- we can't wait to serve you again!

Reviewed 15 August 2023

If you are looking for affordable yet delicious meals, this place is perfect! The ambiance was cozy and welcoming, perfect for a satisfying meal. The rustic decor and friendly staff made me feel right at home. I ordered mac and cheese and it was creamy...and cheesy, just the way it should be! So excited to try the other options next time!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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margaret gorey, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2023

Thank you for visiting Carolina Brothers, leaving 5-stars, and for your delightful review! Please visit us again soon and keep an eye out for the white mac 'n cheese special!

Reviewed 7 June 2023 via mobile

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, this BBQ place is superb. I had beef brisket and oh my daisy days I could have had more. Served just on a bun (sandwich) which was almost like brioche, no sauce … delicious. Could have had various sides,...but didn’t. Unlimited soda drinks, and good quick service I totally recommend this place. Very rustic with no frills and selling sauces as well I’d go again if in VA. Lots of piggy stuff around the place for interest. Pulled pork BBQ was enjoyed by others. Didn’t see apple sauce to go with it but it might have been there. If I lived locally I’d be in there a lot and the smell from outside was incredibly appetising. It was clean and had bathrooms for patrons. Only complaint was that all plates and cups and crockery were one use plastic/styrofoam. I get it’s more convenient but that’s a lot of landfill and waste. Cardboard would’ve been better. If I lived nearer I’d bring my own plate etc!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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margaret gorey, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2023

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! We're so glad you enjoyed your food. We will look into the cutlery & plates ... We are always looking for ways to improve!

Reviewed 22 March 2023 via mobile

The smell of smoke in the air is inviting every time we have driven past Carolina Brothers, and finally decided to stop for lunch. We ordered a 1/4 rack of ribs and the BBQ chicken sandwich, both with sides. Both lunch plates came with generous...portions of potato salad (well prepared, seasoned, and dressed) and Cole slaw (fresh, raw vegetables with only a hint of any dressing; more similar to a crud d’etat than southern-style slaw). The two meals were a contrast in preparation; their shredded chicken was juicy with a mild hint of smokiness whereas the baby back ribs, although falling off the bone cooked, were dry as the bone from which they were shed. A healthy dash of Carolina Brothers BBQ sauce didn’t make any difference in their parched texture. We’ve eaten here in years past and found the quality of preparation better. Today’s luncheon was a bit of a disappointment.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 2 February 2023

I cannot rave highly enough about Carolina Brothers catering! We hired Frank and his team for my daughter's wedding in December, and they were fantastic - and the BBQ spread was awesome! Frank was so helpful and friendly in helping us prepare for the big...event - walking through the menu options, reviewing all the pricing and preparation and options, and having a fun and delicious taste sampling session! His team showed up exactly on time and were professional, hard working, and friendly. They delivered an amazing service and delicious meal for all of our guests. Everyone was thrilled! I highly recommend Carolina Brothers!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2023

Thank you so much for your kind words! It was our pleasure to cater your daughter's wedding. We're so happy you enjoyed the process, team and food!

Reviewed 3 September 2022

I was installing an exhibition of my photography at the Ashburn Library, (just down the street) and afterwards, my wife and I stopped by for some delicious BBQ and stories from the owner, Frank. I got a half rack of BBQ and my wife order...the Pulled-Pork sandwich with slaw. She raved about her sandwich and the ribs were so tender they fell off the bone. Most worthwhile a visit that will have you craving for more. I understand they also do catering eventsMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2022

Legalmanager - thank you for visiting us! We're so happy you enjoyed your food and spending time with Frank! Please come back again soon - and, yes, we love to cater events!

Reviewed 21 August 2022

Carolina Brothers is located on the W&OD Trail, making it a good place for a pit stop on a long bike ride. Barbeque is the kind of food that seems intended to be served in a shack with outdated furnishings and thin napkins, and Carolina...Brothers fits that image. The dining room is nicer than you'd expect from the outside, while maintaining the antique decor feel. The food itself is excellent, with the pulled pork and sauces tasting like the BBQ I've had in North Carolina. The cornbread was especially notable, moist and tasting almost like cake, rather than the dry and crumbly texture it typically has.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2022

Thank you for visiting Carolina Brothers! We're so happy you enjoyed both the atmosphere and the food - particularly the cornbread! Please come back again soon.

Reviewed 13 August 2022

I decided to do a 90 mile ride front to back on the W&OD trail. 60 miles in I stopped by Carolina Brothers for possibly one of the best meals ever. I needed some calories and I had an amazingly good BBQ pork sandwich, green...beans, baked beans and a soda for $11!!! Delicious and so appreciated the affordable price. Great staff too.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2022

nihari c - thank you for visiting Carolina Brothers while out on the trail! We're thrilled you enjoyed your pork sandwich, green beans, baked beans and soda! Please stop in again soon - we can't wait to serve you again!

Reviewed 29 July 2022 via mobile

Got the chicken platter with baked beans and Mac and cheese and it was so good. I’ve been coming here for years and it’s always great. The employees were very kind and had great customer service. Everything seems great under the new ownership. They said...the food won’t be changing which I’m very happy about. They’ll be adding some new additions which I’m excited to see.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2022

Thank you so much for visiting and for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We appreciate it! Be on the lookout for the white cheddar mac & cheese - we have it as a special from time to time. Please come back...More

Reviewed 26 July 2022 via mobile

I loved this place. Just a small restaurant with plenty of indoor seating. The ribs were excellent. I ordered half slab with two sides. The ribs were moist and juicy with plenty of meat on the bones. The baked beans were good with plenty of...spice. The coleslaw was like home made. The prices of all meals were very reasonable. The two people working there were very friendly and we enjoyed visiting with them.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2022

Thank you so much for visiting and for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We really appreciate it.

Reviewed 1 May 2022

I was very pleased with the consideration, patience and taking the time to explain the process, that I thought was above and beyond what I expected.

Date of visit: May 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2022

Amanda - thank you for stopping in and for your review. Please come in again soon!

Reviewed 27 April 2022

Very happy with this food. good communication and service this place. Would most certainly recommend this food.

Date of visit: April 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2022

Adella - thank you for your review! We really appreciate your kind words and recommendation!

Reviewed 18 February 2022

NC Native here and a bit of "BBQ snob." The meat holds it own against plenty of the legacy establishments in Eastern NC. Sides, especially the slaw, beans, and Mac and cheese are excellent. They don't try to make BBQ something its not, and hit...all the right notes. The place is also clean and affordable - I will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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mgorey828, Owner at Carolina Brothers BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2022

RRinITALY - thank you for driving an hour to visit Carolina Brothers -- we're so glad you did! Please stop by again soon - we would love to serve you again!

Reviewed 19 July 2021 via mobile

Great food. Sat outside in lovely weather. BBQ pork, Mac & cheese and baked beans are a winner. Will revisit when back in the area.

Date of visit: July 2021
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I am not sure, I was only there 20 minutes and many people got take out. I did not notice others using a computer.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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