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R&R Barbeque: Finger Lickin’Good

Rachel Madison

July 3, 2014


Each month, we ask our Facebook fans to nominate their favorite Utah-owned businesses and select one to feature here. This month we asked fans to tell us their favorite barbecue joints. Want us to write about a business you love? Follow us at www.facebook.com/UtahBusiness and watch for the next time we ask for business recommendations.

Roger and Rod Livingston have been barbecuing together for more than a decade. The brothers, who are self-taught barbecue masters, have been to some of the country’s most renowned barbecue competitions, including the Jack Daniels Invitational, Sam’s National BBQ Championship and the American Royal, and have won numerous competitions both locally and nationally. Although Utah isn’t normally known for its barbecue, the Livingstons started a barbecue catering company a few years ago.

“We decided to open a restaurant to get more catering jobs, which in turn led to more people coming into the restaurant,” Roger says. The brothers opened R&R Barbeque at 307 W. 600 South in Salt Lake City in April 2013. It became an immediate hit.

Roger says the restaurant is successful because either he or his brother is there at all times, making sure the quality of the food that’s served is top grade. “If someone’s not happy at our restaurant, we want them to let us know so we can make it right,” he says. “If they aren’t happy, we aren’t happy.”

R&R Barbeque’s most requested dishes are the brisket and ribs, but Roger says once people try the chicken and pork, they tend to find even more favorite dishes. “My pork was 26th in the nation two years ago out of 5,000 barbecue teams,” he says. “The secret [to our meat is that] you just really have to watch it and when it’s done, it’s done. We don’t cook by times. We cook by using the right temperature and getting the right tenderness to keep our meat at a good quality.”

Because of the restaurant’s success, Roger says R&R is currently under contract to expand to a second location on 12300 South. “We sell out almost everyday. We have a line out the door at lunch. The numbers we’ve seen were not forecasted for about five years,” he says.

Roger says he and Rod are grateful they’ve been able to bring their barbecue to the people of Utah. “We’re so happy that people come in and enjoy our barbecue,” he says. “Seeing people come in, enjoy the meat and tell us it’s amazing is just great.”

A few other barbecue restaurants recommended by our Facebook fans:

DUB’s BBQ, St. George
Five Star BBQ Company, Orem
Pat’s BBQ, Salt Lake City
Smokin’ Bones BBQ, Bountiful

 

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