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Leon’s Barbecue – The Beans & Collard Greens were good.


So I did a search and found a newer BBQ joint that had opened up recently. I was on my way to Pork Barrel BBQ and decided a little detour for another joint isn’t a bad idea. Or so I thought.

Leon’s BBQ
9448 Lanham Severn Rd
Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706

I saw they had fresh pork rinds. Now I love pork rinds- these were great for snacking on the road. They had some beautiful slices of homemade pies on the counter too.

The decor was plain and that’s perfectly alright. It was spotless. Super clean.

I ordered some brisket, chicken and collard greens with some beans.  I tried to order ribs as well but they were not ready yet at lunchtime. I was offered the option of whole wheat or white bread. I opted for the white bread thinking that since this was a franchise from Texas I would be getting some great food.

I should have known when I asked them what kind of wood they used and they told me it just came in a bag. Um? They brought out a piece.  Very friendly people actually. They had just opened the franchise about 3 weeks prior. They are new – really I get it. I also asked what kind of smoker they used. They could not tell me. ugh.

Still optimistic I sat down and waited for my order to be brought over.
It did and I knew. I knew in my gut this was not going to be good just by looking at it and smelling it.
Sadly I was right. The brisket was really overdone. Crumbling apart all moisture gone in some parts and the texture of rough leather in others. In addition some of it was also cut with the grain making it next to impossible to get a bite off. The smell was a very bitter smoke. Not pleasant at all. The chicken was overcooked and while seasoned lightly by the looks of it – the consistency and flavor was of dry cardboard.

The sauce was still warm as they had made it that morning. It had a really nice balance of sweet and tangy. However even the sauce could not save the brisket or the chicken.

All hope was not lost though.  The pork rinds were excellent.  Then came the best two items from this place. The beans were amazing. Absolutely amazing. I could have eaten a gallon of them. They were perfectly cooked just deliciously creamy on the inside and just the right texture of tender. The bean sauce was not overly sweet and had some light kick to it.  With one bite I was instantly reminded of the beans from Texas that I had loved on my last visit there. then came the collard greens. Beautiful texture, aromatic liquor with a great balance of vinegar and sweet. Delicious!!

So not all was lost on the visit and I am sure these people will get the hang of making some good BBQ in the future. I sure hope they do because Ill have to stop back for more beans and greens. It may just take some time to get the hang of it.

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