Review of Mission BBQ in Roanoke
I’ve found a few good spots for pulled pork and ribs, but the region still lacks a variety of places to find quality BBQ.
So when a new BBQ restaurant opens in Roanoke, like the Mission BBQ at Towers Shopping Center, I get really excited.
Because my family travels to Maryland a lot, we were familiar with Mission BBQ. It’s a Maryland-based company and my parents had visited a location in the Baltimore area.
There was reason for optimism that a new Roanoke location would provide a good option for quality, reasonably-priced BBQ. And it would offer some legitimate competition to other BBQ restaurants in the area.
Based on the three meals I’ve had at the new spot, Mission BBQ is off to a good start.
To go along with the “Mission” theme, the restaurant has many elements that pay tribute to our military. Whether it’s through offering cups that provide proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, or seeing posters and uniforms from military branches hanging on the walls, it’s clear Mission BBQ cares about honoring our troops and veterans. It’s cool to see.
As for the food, Mission BBQ offers a variety of smoked meats, sandwiches and side dishes.
I’ve tried the brisket, smoked sausage, pulled pork, smoked turkey and chopped brisket and enjoyed each one.
They also offer a wide assortment of sauces, including a smoky sauce, Memphis-style sweet sauce, vinegar-based, Texas hot sauce, Alabama white sauce, and others. As far as I know, it’s the only restaurant in Roanoke with an Alabama white sauce, which is great on chicken and turkey.
However, and in what’s always a great sign with BBQ, the meats have plenty of flavor without adding any sauce.
All the meats have a smoky flavor, but the pork and turkey are especially moist and not overly seasoned or rubbed.
If you’re a fan of sauces, my personal preferences are for the Smoky Mountain with the pork and the Alabama White with the turkey.
Along with the meats, the side dishes are also quite tasty. My top choice would be the mac & cheese, which is then followed by the baked beans with brisket. For a healthy option, you can also get a side salad.
Comparable to most BBQ restaurants nowadays, the prices at Mission BBQ are very reasonable. A pulled pork sandwich with a side and drink is around $10, and a combo with two meats, sides and a drink is around $15. I can think of one popular BBQ restaurant in Downtown Roanoke that is much more expensive and the quality is nowhere near as good as Mission’s.
The arrival of Mission BBQ is a step in the right direction of Roanoke’s BBQ scene. We’re certainly not the next Lockhart, Texas, but if the region can become known for having good BBQ, it’s mission accomplished.