Sometimes you just want to get down and, um, "messy" with some good old barbecue.

Barbecue is seriously the best, and we've put together three spots you need to try ... pronto!

Hill Country Barbecue Market

410 7th St, NW, Washington, D.C., 20004 Hill Country works a little differently than typical sit-down restaurants. You pick out your meat and pay based on weight. You can add sides like salad, chili, or cornbread, all served cafeteria-style! Finish off with mac and cheese, burnt ends, or green bean casserole. Browse the full menu of options here. Although barbecue may be the main event, Hill Country has a lot more than just food. They act as a music stage, hosting local musicians, as well as country artists on the road. For the calendar of performances, visit the website here. [caption id="attachment_6695" align="aligncenter" width="300"]barbecue Courtesy of gilt.com[/caption]

Fat Pete’s BBQ

Cleveland Park: 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20008 18th Street: 801 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006 If you want your barbecue dinner roasted with love and prepared with ingredients of the highest quality, then Fat Pete’s is the place for you. The restaurant prides itself on smoking their meats and vegetables, and there's a wide range of menu options -- such as barbecue sandwiches, or platters of brisket, ribs, pork, burnt ends, smoked chicken, and more. And then, of course, there’s a whole bunch of sides to enjoy with your meat! View the full Fat Pete’s menu here. [caption id="attachment_6696" align="aligncenter" width="300"]barbecue Courtesy of Groupon.com[/caption]

Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue

1942 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001 Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue is all over town, either through their food truck, catering orders, or at Solly’s Pub. You can keep track of where the Sloppy Mama’s food truck will be either through their website or by following them on social media (@sloppymamas). You can order a pork, brisket, or chicken sandwiches for a very reasonable $10 and pair it with sides like cole slaw, baked beans, and cornbread. Sloppy Mama’s also serves their barbecue at Solly’s Pub in the Shaw neighborhood. You can enjoy smoked meat platters, sandwiches, homemade sauces, and much more, all while enjoying a stiff alcoholic beverage and the lively crowd that populates this bar. [caption id="attachment_6697" align="aligncenter" width="300"]barbecue Courtesy of washingtoncitypaper.com[/caption] Have you tried any of these barbecue spots? Which one is your favorite in Washington, D.C.? Let us know in the comments below!

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