R&R Barbecue in Salt Lake City

Pulled pork and sliced brisket with hush puppies and mac and cheese at R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City.
Pulled pork and sliced brisket with hush puppies and mac and cheese.

There are few foods that provoke the controversy and rivalry like barbecue does.  The different styles of smoked meat have sparked deep alliances, causing many a debate over which is the authentic–and therefore best–type of barbecue.  But for those of us in Salt Lake City, the winner of the barbecue argument is an easy one: R&R has the best barbecue in Salt Lake City.

Pulled pork and sliced brisket with hush puppies and mac and cheese at R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City.
Pulled pork and sliced brisket with hush puppies and mac and cheese.

R&R Barbecue only opened a year ago, but it’s made a massive impression in that small amount of time, winning just about every barbecue award in the business–including some worldwide competitions.  In fact, owners Rod and Roger Livingston were winning awards before they opened a restaurant, which inspired them to turn their hobby into a business.

R&R Barbecue in Salt Lake City.
R&R Barbecue in Salt Lake City.

That business evolved to the little restaurant on 300 West and 600 South that smells of wonderful, glorious smoked meat inside.  The semi-sit down restaurant has an order up front atmosphere, perfect for to-go orders or when you’re short on time.  Despite the nearly constant crowds, the orders are out quickly and efficiently.  And they even serve beer.

R&R’s specialties are pulled pork and beef brisket, but they also serve pork spare ribs, smoked chicken, salads (topped with meat) and burgers.  Oh yeah, and wings–smoked and deep fried wings topped with house-made sauce.  The smoked stuff can be ordered by the pound or plate, depending on your hunger levels.

Smoked meat and Evolution beer at R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City.
Smoked meat and beer is a wonderful combination.

The plate meals come in one ($13.99), two ($14.99) or three ($15.99) meat options, with a choice of dinner roll or hush puppies and one side.  It’s tough to decide between pulled pork, beef brisket (available sliced or chopped), smoked sausage, ribs and chicken, but picking the sides isn’t easy either.  Choices include smoked baked beans, garlic smasher, red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, coleslaw or fried okra (for .75 cents extra).  There’s also sweet potato fries ($3.50), regular fries ($2.99), hush puppies ($2.99) and onion rings ($3.75).

Tables are lined with bottles of R&R’s house-made barbecue sauce in original, sweet or spicy form (go for the spicy, it has the perfect mix of tangy and spicy).  The two meat plate (with juicy pulled pork and smoky sliced brisket) paired with hush puppies and macaroni and cheese was a hefty-sized dinner that left me stuffed with meat to spare.

But oh my, did it go amazingly well with a glass of Wasatch Evolution beer.

Pulled pork, chopped chicken and chopped brisket at R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City.
Pulled pork, chopped chicken and chopped brisket.

R&R’s amazing smoked meat even exceeds its reputation.  So next time you’re in a meaty mood or looking to cater a bunch of meat eaters, R&R is where to go.

Go to R&R Barbecue for :: deliciously smoked meat.  Try the brisket!  Notes :: Open Monday-Saturday from 11 am-9 pm.  They are known to have lines out the door and run out of items, so get there early.  They have a build-your-own barbecue menu for large parties and cater all along the Wasatch Front and Park City as long as they have 48 hours notice.

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