I have said it before – I am not the biggest barbeque fan out there. But I might be slowly changing my mind. This past weekend I was able to check out a new barbeque joint, R&R BBQ. The rumblings on Twitter from the wonderful foodie community in Salt Lake City had become too much to ignore, so I was happy to be able to try it for myself.
R&R is a clean, bright, welcoming spot for a restaurant. It was also busy. Having only been open for a few weeks — with word of mouth being their biggest form of marketing — it was obvious that R&R was already doing well. I also loved that the owners, Rod and Roger, were right along side their employees making suggestions to the customers and talking about their food with passion. The entire atmosphere was sort of electric and exciting.
By recommendation, we ordered the pulled pork sandwich, a half rack of ribs, mac & cheese, red beans & rice, and an order of sweet potato and regular fries (we were hungry).
The food was excellent. The pulled pork was moist, super flavorful, and situated on a lovely, soft bun. Seriously, it might have been one of the best BBQ sandwiches I can remember. The ribs were also fantastic: tender and high-quality meat falling off the bones. They were smokey, finger-licking good. Also, I really like that R&R has two barbeque sauces to choose from. Their regular house barbeque sauce had great flavor and wasn’t thick (I am not a fan of those thick, overly rich, barbeque sauces). It was an amazing compliment to the pulled pork without being overwhelming. R&R also has a “sweet” barbeque sauce – which is much smokier and rich and has a sugary kick to it. Both were delicious and very different from the other.
But let’s talk about the mac & cheese. This is the kind of mac & cheese that you picture in your head when a mac & cheese craving hits. Big noodles, cooked perfectly – with beautiful, creamy cheese melted and covering everything. The mac & cheese also has a smoky element to it, making it a perfect side dish for barbeque. I am not kidding when I say that I have been dreaming of that mac & cheese ever since. Knowing that exists might be a bad thing for me, if you know what I mean.
Everything that we had at R&R was great. Russell really liked the shoestring sweet potato fries and the red beans and rice (they were a little to spicy for me). I am looking forward to going back and trying some of their other specialties like the brisket I keep hearing so much about! The price point at R&R might be a bit higher than some of the other BBQ places in Salt Lake, but their quality of food is also higher than some of their competition; a few extra bucks to me is worth the end result.
I highly recommend supporting this great local restaurant – you won’t be disappointed. Great food, inviting atmosphere, and a wonderful staff makes this R&R a welcome addition to Salt Lake City! And guess what else? They will be serving beer shortly. At that point, they might have it all.