OK, so Mrs. Stickman and I have an impromptu BBQ event this weekend when we decided to go on a little road trip way out West - all the way to Loudon County!
Anyhow, in our past lives, we had driven by a little BBQ stand on Route 29 several times on the way home from barnstormer airshows in Bealeton (which by the way I think everybody should go to since it is excellent family fun - especially in August when they have the balloon festival). Here is the airshow link - be sure to click the Discount link for a coupon: http://www.flyingcircusairshow.com/
Anyhow, the airshows are on Sundays, the traffic is nuts coming home on Sunday evening, blah blah blah so we have never stopped. However, this day was different because somewhere around Chantilly we started getting close to Willard's (see above) and thinking of BBQ when we remembered that place on 29.
It is called Jammin' Joe's and it is a few miles outside of Gainsville. It is a little shack with a barrel smoker and it smelled delicious as we pulled into the gravel parking lot. I got hungry so fast, I almost started gnawing on the railing as we climbed the little stairs to the order window. I got the ribs/chicken combo and Mrs. Stickman got the ribs/pulled pork combo. This was way more food than we needed, but how else could we try several things at once? The combos also came with sides - the cole slaw was good and the beans were particularly tasty.
Anyhow, the ribs turned out to be pull-apart tender, well smoked, and generally yummy. The chicken was OK, but I thought it was somewhat oversmoked. The pulled pork was good and had an interesting kind of sweet flavor. I am not sure what the spice was (maybe cloves or allspice? I don't know) but it worked. The sauce that came with it looked like it should be vinegar based, but was also kind of sweet - I would have liked a more vinegary sauce.
I think this place had the best ribs I have had in the area (although there are many places I haven't tried yet) and if you are ever near Gainesville, you should check it out. Incidentally, the little furniture place in the parking lot has pretty good deals on wood furniture like Adirondak chairs.