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Bear Creek Open Pit BBQ

20294 Piney Point Rd., Callaway, MD - (301) 994-1030
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/9/2015 7:28:00 AM
Callaway is way south in Maryland; and while the Chesapeake Bay is best-known (and rightfully so) for its excellent seafood, it is also a place where you’ll find fine true-South barbecue. One of several smoke houses in the region, Bear Creek is unique for its huge open pit. Here, pitmaster Curtis Shreve cooks pork and beef so tender that if you look at it hard, it falls apart. We are especially fond of the pork, either hand-pulled into shreds or sliced into pieces soft as velvet. It has a fine smoky flavor and a piggy richness that defies description. It is so good that we like it without any sauce whatsoever, all the better to savor the flavor of the meat. (Mr. Shreve’s sauce, we should say, is excellent: sweet, gently spicy and mildly addictive.)

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
sliced pork
Fritos pie
Pulled Pork Platter
cornbread
Rib Platter
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A close view of Bear Creek's sliced pork sandwich: barbecue at its finest.
"A close view of Bear Creek's sliced pork sandwich: barbecue at its finest."
Michael Stern





The ribs provide a nice crusty chew.
"The ribs provide a nice crusty chew."
Cliff Strutz


A sliced pork sandwich, unsauced, on the dashboard of our car outside the original Bear Creek Bar-B-Q.
"A sliced pork sandwich, unsauced, on the dashboard of our car outside the original Bear Creek Bar-B-Q."
Michael Stern


Listed on the menu as Cajun Hot Links, the taste is more sweet than hot.
"Listed on the menu as Cajun Hot Links, the taste is more sweet than hot."
Cliff Strutz


Pitmaster Curtis Shreve at his open pit
"Pitmaster Curtis Shreve at his open pit"
Michael Stern


This unsauced pulled pork sandwich is part of the pulled pork platter.  As you can see, they give you more pork than the bun could possibly fit.
"This unsauced pulled pork sandwich is part of the pulled pork platter. As you can see, they give you more pork than the bun could possibly fit."
Cliff Strutz


This sign is a reminder that Bear Creek Open Pit BBQ is in St. Mary's County, home of stuffed ham!
"This sign is a reminder that Bear Creek Open Pit BBQ is in St. Mary's County, home of stuffed ham!"
Cliff Strutz


This menu with lots of interesting choices hangs behind the ordering counter.
"This menu with lots of interesting choices hangs behind the ordering counter."
Cliff Strutz


This stuffed bear chasing a stuffed wolf is just part of the Western-themed decor.
"This stuffed bear chasing a stuffed wolf is just part of the Western-themed decor."
Cliff Strutz



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