By: David M. Higgins II

Hughesville, MD- Hughesville was a tobacco market town. The former tobacco warehouses are now used for second-hand thrift stores and boutique gift and craft shops.

A multi-lane bypass of the town by Maryland Route 5 opened in February 2007, which has alleviated previous rush-hour traffic backups at the single traffic signal; beside it are two unusual side-by-side traffic roundabouts. Because Hughesville, though small, is considered the strategic geographic center of the tri-county Southern Maryland region, it houses institutions such as the headquarters for the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, an animal shelter, an economic development council, a board of realtors, and a homeless women’s shelter, which serve the tri-county area.

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There is also a Girl Scout camp. The town has no traditional grid-layout streets, but consists of merely businesses along the highway and some very small outlying housing developments. It was announced in 2013 that the College of Southern Maryland is building its fourth campus in the town.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,537 people, 503 households, and 407 families residing in Hughesville. But there’s a little roadside hut that serves up the best ribs, pulled pork and BBQ around. They were once named as the Washington Post’s Best BBQ Ribs in the D.C. Region; they’ve been serving in SoMd since 1981.

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Randy’ smokes its meats on a real hickory pit. Slow-cooked ribs, BBQ pulled pork, chicken, and ham.

They offer standard fare as burgers, hot dogs, and BLT. But their claim to fame is the ribs and BBQ.

You can also any of their sauces; Orignal and hot or sweet but the bottle, half-gallon or gallon.

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You can check out their menu at

Just like Hughesville, Randy’s Ribs comes in a small package but offers a lot!

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...