Gilberts Corner in Aldie, Va., is just your average roundabout located in Loudoun County with one added bonus, a roadside barbecue stop called the Pit Stop.
We're not sure what makes smoked ribs taste so good, but when you get a craving for them, nothing will stand in your way of getting them, not even a drive out to Aldie, Va.... which is what happened a couple weekends ago when I remembered seeing a barbecue stand on the side of the road along Route 50. I later found out the little pit stop stand at the roundabout had an actual name (go figure), the Pit Stop.
"We chose this location because no one wanted us. No one would let us set up," said owner Ronnie Thomas. More video of our conversation here.
Thomas started in 2008 making 15 slabs per day; he's now up to more than 100 slabs. His customers attest it's the best 'cue they've ever tasted, and it's hard to disagree.
Will Thomas ever stop making barbecue? "I'll die here; I want to go up like I do every day, up in smoke," he quips.
The Pit Stop is open from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. At Gilberts Corner, you'll also find cookies, lobster rolls, fresh fruit and kettle corn vendors. The Pit Stop is located about an hour from downtown D.C