Ever since quitting my theatre job a few months ago I see less and less of downtown Salt Lake City. Every week I would drive down 3rd West and would pass the intersection of 600 South and notice just a Subway and a sushi restaurant next door. I never bothered stopping in since I’m not a real sushi fan, and there are literally thousands of other sandwiches I would eat before a Subway sandwich. However recently I heard talk in certain circles of a new kid in town. Looking up R and R barbeque on Urbanspoon I noticed 18 votes and 18 “likes” for a perfect 100%. Naturally I immediately put this on my list of places to try. I love barbecue food and Salt Lake is a great barbecue town. 18 people can’t be wrong, so I loaded my family in the van and took them to R and R Barbecue yesterday.
Consider the voting for Best Barbecue of 2013 officially closed. R and R Barbecue … Where have you been all my life?
I had one of the best eating experiences at R and R Barbecue. Everything was absolutely top-notch, from the food, to the prices, to the services, to the atmosphere. Let me start with the atmosphere. The place was super clean and very well decorated. Freshly painted murals and mission statements on the wall. A nicely easy to read menu board in the front. My wife and I immediately had the feeling we were in a classy well run place where the owners really invested in making it inviting for everyone.
As we made our way into the restaurant we passed by a gentleman who had just finished his meal and was walking to his car. We didn’t know him, but he came up to us and told us that we were in for a real treat. I took that as a good sign of things to come. Food is an interesting socially binding subject. When you taste great food, you immediately want to share it and tell others of your experience. (Lehi was right on)
R and R has a selection of smoked meats, salads, burgers, and sides. I asked the gentleman who welcomed us what he would recommend for a family that wanted a little of everything. He suggested the meat combo plates because we could taste a little brisket, chicken, and pork along with a side and a dinner roll. We ended up ordering two of those plates. The entire time while ordering we were made to feel like family. The lady that rang up our order told my daughter she was beautiful and liked her nails, and did it in a sincere genuine matter that had us laughing and engaging in conversation back and forth. Stuff like that can’t be discounted when going out to eat. By the time we sat down to eat, we were all smiling and enjoying ourselves. Of course the huge platters of food helped.
Let me tell you about this 3 meat platter and why R and R really stands out from not only other barbecue places, but most any other restaurant establishment. I always get tired of places who portion out the food they are giving you right in front of you. Some people even put some meat on a little scale like it would be some sort of crime to give you any bigger portion than what you paid for. You don’t get that here. The portions here are huge and flavorful. Check out how much of each item I got? That doesn’t even include the huge side that also comes with the meal. This plate was 100% pure win.
For starters the brisket or in other words the “bacon” cut of the cow, can come to you either chopped or sliced. I went chopped on mine. It was fantastically juicy and tender. I bathed it in R and R Original sauce and felt like I had died and gone to heaven. This BBQ sauce was some of the best I’ve ever had. It was a touch spicy which I absolutely loved. My kids thought it was a little spicy for their palettes so I gave them the Sweet sauce on their meat.
The chicken portion once again is way better than where you will get elsewhere. Take Dickey’s BBQ Pit for example that is franchising in the SLC Valley. They provide good chopped brisket as well, but their chicken they take out of a plastic wrap and chop it for you. Here at R and R you get a huge chicken quarter full of straight from the smoker. This was some of the best most tender chicken I’ve had anywhere.
The pork as you might have guessed was on par with fellow SLC BBQ heavyweight Pat’s Barbecue as being some of the best in town. It was smoked and pulled just right. I just couldn’t believe how good this plate was. You will find some establishments who have one protein choice that is really good where others might be lacking. I found all 3 of the R and R choices, pork, chicken, and brisket to be outstanding. Sadly they had run out of ribs when we entered, so I have a great excuse to go back.
Some of the sides choices include cole slaw, mac and cheese made of two different types of cheeses and sour cream, hush puppies, sweet potato and regular fries, and mashed potatoes.
As we were finishing up our meal one of the co-owners came up to our table to once again thank us for coming in and the check up on our meal. Whatever rating system man can invent, R and R Barbecue gets the absolute highest rating. I loved it so much, I’m probably going to go back today. If you are reading this post, make plans to visit R and R Barbecue soon. I have a feeling it is just the start of what is going to become a cult lunchtime following just like Moochies, Pat’s Barbecue, and others. Simply amazing place. Loved it!