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United BBQ - Providence

celeriac | May 24, 2009 08:49 AM

Stopped into United BBQ on Ives St last night, and I have to say I was VERY pleasantly surprised. When I'd been before, shortly after they opened, the meat had been too dry and not flavorful enough, and the sides has been so-so. Well, I think they've worked some kinks out, because my meal last night was really very good--definitely the best 'cue I've had in Providence (though that's not saying much).

I grabbed a pulled pork sandwich and subbed a side of collards instead of their house made potato chips for an extra $1. The pork was excellent. Nice, thoroughly smoky flavor, pulled roughly into toothsome chunks, lots of pink smoke ring and flavorful bark in there, and fairly moist. My only real complaint on the meat is that I don't love the tomato-based sauce they use, but it's very lightly sauced and they were happy to provide a bit of vinegar on the side (I prefer NC-style, and dabbing a bit on really helped).

The roll it's served on is pretty good, though a bit too large (just too much bread). The slaw was serviceable and simple. The collards were actually VERY good, with a deep and mild flavor, plus plenty of bits of pork in there. Last note, the place is very reasonably priced -- all that for $7 seemed like a good deal to me.

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