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    Monk’s BBQ opens in Purcellville

    Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville found a permanent home at 251 N. 21st St. in Purcellville, next to Southern States. Photo Courtesy/
    After several years as a food truck based at Corcoran Vineyards in Waterford, Monk's BBQ has found a permanent home in Purcellville.

    "It is a lot of fun watching this business grow," said owner Brian Jenkins. "Three years ago we were under a 10-by-10 tent hoping someone would come by," he added.

    Jenkins and his wife Kirsten, along with their partners Nick Calabrese and Mike Jewell, started Monk's food truck in July 2011. For Jenkins, smoking barbecue is a personal passion which he's been doing on the weekends, while working at his day job at Visit Loudoun.

    Monk's has become well known around the area, selling their barbecue at vineyards including Tarara, Doukenie and Breaux.

    Since then, they've received many accolades, including "Best Food Truck in the DC Area" in 2013 by WTOP's listeners and readers poll.

    When an opportunity became available to open a permanent restaurant location in the space previously held by Boodacades, at 251 N. 21st St., next to Southern States,

    The 2,500-square-foot space has seating for 50 people inside and 35 on the patio.

    Jenkins said they have a great selection of local beer and wine. As a fan of bourbon, he said they will offer craft drink specials every week, including drinks made with local favorite Catoctin Creek.

    Monk's makes pulled pork, Texas brisket, pulled chicken, cured and smoked pastrami, Cajun turkey and their own cured hams, Jenkins said.
    "We hit on a lot of different styles, which is why we have been popular," Jenkins said.

    They offer a variety of homemade sauces including one that is made from Catoctin Creek's rye called blackberry whiskey barbecue sauce. There is also a raspberry chipotle merlot sauce, made from Corcoran's raspberry merlot wine.

    For sides, Monk's makes smoked gouda mac-n-cheese, vinegar cole slaw, pasta salad and their own baked beans. Monk's will be open from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-noon Friday, 11 a.m. - midnight, Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


    What is all the odd talk about debt? Really people.

    I went to Monks Friday, hands down the best BBQ in the whole DC area. The brisket was amazing and loved the mac n cheese. The chipotle raspberry BBQ sauce was tasty.

    ” the only debt I have is the note on my primary residence.”

    Well, then. Glad to see my tax dollars are hard at work.

    I do plan to go out and try this place, and looking forward to it.

    As to those concerned about my financial situation, the only debt I have is the note on my primary residence. I am about half way finished on my 15 year loan, so I should be debt free by the age of 41.

    If anyone wants to join me when I go let me know. I may have enough room in my debt free convertible Mustang.

    Everett, its time to move out of your parents house and try some delicious BBQ.

    Everett - You are too funny.  Are you debt free? Then you are just as guilty, though I don’t understand why currently borrowing money, paying interest on it has anything to do with the Gov’t bailout.  Methings it’s time for you to leave the cave.

    BofA, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase,  Sun Trust, Wells Fargo, among MANY other banks took government bailout money back in 2008. Upwards of 700 Billion total.

    So unless this small barbeque joint came up with ALL their cash on their own(i.e. did not borrow a penny) then I reiterate my point “Glad to see my tax dollars are hard at work”.


    Everett- What exactly do your tax dollars have to do with a BBQ restaurant opening?

    Everett - I’m a little confused as to why & how any of your tax dollars are being used?  Please explain.

    Incredibly tasty BBQ. I had some last time I had visited Corcoran. Nice to see them get their own place.

    Is this place going to be real Texas BBQ?
    Glad to see my tax dollars are hard at work.
    It is a bit of a drive from my house though…

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