According to the National Barbecue News, two Virginia BBQ spots were named as the "Best of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America."

National Barbecue News, a publication dedicated to all things barbecue, named two Virginia BBQ restaurants as the "Best of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America." The winners: Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, with locations in Alexandria and Arlington, and Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs, which has locations in Martinsville and Danville. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="2042,2041"] Affiliates of the publication visit the restaurants and do a taste test, without the restaurants' knowledge. The honor is awarded for a one-year period, only if they pass the taste test. Once the 12-month period is up, each listed restaurant will be re-tested in the same manner to see if they can make it on the list for an additional year. Only 29 restaurants in the country made the list this year. To view the full list, click here.
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Companywhich serves wood-only barbecue, has been serving the D.C. community since 1990. The restaurant has received countless accolades, including being listed on Huffington Post's Top 20 list in the United States; Washington City Paper's Annual, for which Rocklands has been listed for the seventh year in a row; and has tons of positive reviews in publications like GourmetNewsweek, and the Washington Post. [gallery size="large" columns="2" ids="2036,2038"] Not only is it a full-service restaurant, but if you need a birthday party, an office party, or corporate event catered, Rocklands will do it. If you're in need of a caterer at your next event, you can contact the catering team at (703) 778-8000, or email The menu at Rocklands includes everything from Baby-back Ribs, to Hot 'n' Spicy Grilled Wings and a Mixed Rib Platter. You can view the full menu here. Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs was brought to life by award-winning BBQ master Tommy Houston. With more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Houston wanted to provide the folks of Martinsville and Danville quality barbecue products with the simple touch of southern hospitality. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="2043,2040"] The menu ranges from the classic Roasted Pork Sandwich, to hot dogs and a Champion's Feast -- ribs, BBQ, brisket and chicken! View the menu for Martinsville and Danville. Is there a BBQ restaurant that deserves to be on the list? Let National Barbecue News know by emailing them here.
Which of the two BBQ restaurants is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
Photos courtesy of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company's Facebook page and Checkered Pig BBQ & Rib's Facebook page.

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