Red, White & Cue: A roundup of takeout barbecue fit for Independence Day.

Red, White & Cue: A roundup of takeout barbecue fit for Independence Day.

The 4th of July celebrations are gearing up to look a little different this year.

Governor Ralph Northam officially lifted the mask mandate more than a month ago, and as of June 24, 70% of the adult population in Virginia had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Needless to say, people are ready to let loose, light some fireworks, and invite loved ones and neighbors over for a backyard party.

Unless you’re a dedicated grill master, you probably want the professionals to handle your Independence Day spread. Here, we’ve rounded up a few takeout barbecue options you can book this week. Look at them:

ZZQ It just reopened its indoor dining room (you may have seen the lines on Instagram), so you can always head over to Scott’s Addition for a Texas brisket feast in person. If you prefer to take the products home, large group orders can be placed at least 72 hours in advance by emailing info@zzqrva.com.

You can request collection or delivery from Buz and Ned’s Authentic BBQ at least two days in advance. Choose from four different meat packs. All include three sides, biscuits, hot sauce and tea per gallon.

BBQ Q has a simple online ordering system for your catering needs. Choose from four meat packages and select sides like corn pudding, pineapple hot plate and kale.

Deep Run Road House has catering packages plus family packages available (suitable for four to 14 guests). Get a family party pack that feeds 12-14 with 2 pounds of pork or chicken, 1 pound of brisket, two ribs, seven large sides, and a dozen buns and gravy for only $145.

If you’re hosting a smaller gathering, you may want to order a family meal online from pitts steakhouse. The Good Times package for eight includes one rack of ribs, one pound of barbecue with coleslaw, one pound of brisket and 2 pounds of two sides.

Smohk RGB has a full catering menu plus a simplified drive-thru option for a basic combo package. Be sure to add desserts like home-baked chocolate chunks and oatmeal raisin cookies and pecan pie.

pork and beer has meats available in different pound increments. You can order a minimum of 5 pounds of brisket, North Carolina-style ground pork, BBQ pulled chicken, and smoked pork ribs per rack of five or 13. Order fried fish, smoked wings, and fried wings for 20 to 50 persons.

the smoked cup in Brookland Park recently lit up their smoker and will have barbecue available for pre-order by the pound through Monday, June 28. Pick up is on Saturday July 3rd or the morning of Sunday July 4th. For in-person dining, Smoky Mug ‘cue is available every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., or while supplies last.

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