While bite after delicious bite of fall-off-the-bone barbecue and all the scrumptious fixin's is obviously the most delicious reason to visit Inspire BBQ, the most rewarding is knowing that with each meal you order you're helping to feed the mind of a youth in the community. Indeed, Inspire isn't just named so because the slow-cooked meats and homemade sides will make your taste buds believe in this tasty world again; it's named so because Inspire does exactly that for the city's kids. "We hire high school students from DC who seek to not only learn about the culinary arts and the hospitality industry, but also about things like responsibility and how to save money with the goal that they will achieve their dreams by going to college," said Chef Tate, a third-generation Washingtonian who owns Inspire with his brother, Atif. "It's really is a family here." And Inspire really is a community pillar. Having won the Hilly Award for Community Service from the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce this year, Inspire has put their altruism where their mouth is. And you? You can do that too (they're looking for volunteer mentors!), along with putting wood-smoked ribs, fresh-cut green beans and homemade potato salad there, too.
And let's talk about the food. All freshly made with tender loving care, Inspire BBQ is DC barbecue. What's that, you ask? "We take the best of all the barbecue worlds, without compromising the integrity of all the different regions' strengths," said Tate. That philosophy, as you might guess, shows up in the variety of sauces on offer. There are vinegar varieties, spicy varieties, sweet varieties and various combinations of those. Whether you apply one or all, that's your choice, but for us? We decided not to apply any. That's because not only was our order of ribs flavored with Inspire's signature dry rub, but Inspire's smoking skills left them juicier than the average, which, of course, was aided by the excessive watering of our own mouths. Yes, if the holiday tunes playing outside the establishment don't draw you in, the appetizing aromas wafting out of the front door certainly will.