BBQ Post 401 Brings Relief to Fredericksburg

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Woodbridge’s beloved Dixie Bones establishes outpost to serve quality Southern barbeque to the town and surrounding areas

Dixie Bones of Woodbridge, Va. is opening a new restaurant in Fredericksburg, Va., BBQ Post 401. “Fredericksburg, despite its rich history, is currently underserved in Southern cuisine,” said BBQ Post 401 Commanding Officer Nelson Head. “We’ve been called upon to elevate barbeque to its rightful position within the community and stop the insurgency of fad foods currently taking over the area. Counterinsurgency operations will commence around the first of May with a call to arms to celebrate the official opening being held Thursday, 13 May 2010 from 1700 hours to 2000 hours (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).”

In accordance with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, BBQ Post 401 has been strategically located at 1917 Plank Road (Route 3), and was named using the last three digits of the town’s zip code, to bring timely barbeque relief to the Fredericksburg population. BBQ Post 401 counterinsurgents will address the insufficient barbeque situation by securing the local populace and providing essential Southern cooking. Victory will be achieved when the populace stops supporting the insurgency through their consumption of foods other than barbeque.

The essential Southern foods, none of which have been previously canned or packaged, will be prepared on site daily at Post 401. Following traditional Southern methods, pork, beef and chicken smoked in pits for many hours served alongside fresh-cut fries, coleslaw, chocolate fudge, and brewed iced tea. The Post 401 menu has been downsized from that of Dixie Bones’ headquarters to allow personnel to be more nimble and responsive to the needs to the populace. “Faster, better service; cleaner facilities; and less expensive meals are at the heart of a successful counterinsurgency effort,” Head stated.

As a reflection of the Post’s outward support of the military, personnel will don camouflage t-shirts as part of their uniforms, which will also display the Post 401 mascot, the Feasting Eagle, a nod to the University of Mary Washington’s Eagle mascot. The Feasting Eagle ensign will be proudly displayed inside the Post next to the United States and Virginia flags.

The outpost’s interior décor, featuring comfortable chairs, pine tabletops and benches, also pays homage to the town’s Southern heritage. “The BBQ Post 401 décor has not been neglected in our haste to bring relief and is a vital component of our counterinsurgency efforts,” said Head. Donna Rose, Post 401 civilian art contractor, has created two bottle trees to be displayed in the outpost. Often seen in Southern gardens, legend has it that evil spirits enter the bottles and become trapped inside. Another interesting aspect of the décor is evidence left behind by an unobserved visitor that entered the Post during construction. Pig tracks left in wet concrete can be seen throughout the dining area, though no other sign of the intruder was found. Head’s theory is that the pig was on a reconnaissance mission.

The Post’s walls will display a mural-sized picture of Head’s ancestors after a successful deer hunt, as well as a Gee’s Bend quilt reproduced by Kristine Wolfe, Post 401 co-commanding officer. “Southern food was influenced by African-American cooks living in the South. The ladies of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, in their own tradition, created unique pieces of American folk art that have been written about and displayed all over the world. My reproduction quilt in Post 401 pays these ladies the respect and recognition they so richly deserve,” said Wolfe.

About BBQ Post 401
BBQ Post 401, the initial outpost of Dixie Bones and forerunner in the barbeque counterinsurgency, serves homemade Southern barbeque from its Fredericksburg, Va. location. The Post name includes the last three digits of Fredericksburg’s zip code, 401, reflecting the restaurant’s commitment to the town and surrounding populace. BBQ Post 401 honors Fredericksburg’s Southern heritage and supports the efforts of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel in the immediate vicinity and beyond. For additional information, visit or call 540-266-3786.

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