Alllllright. Union Woodshop has a million reviews and has had a lot of media hype, but I'm going to review it anyway. It's definitely worth a stop in, (I'm probably going to get stoned for this), but in comparison to Slows BBQ I would say it's still second best. There! I said it! Phew. It's really just a preference of how one likes BBQ. Their meats are smoky and they linger with you. If you are really looking for that deep smoky flavor and quality meat then you'll love Union Wood Shop. So your thinking, "uhhhhh, yeah...why wouldn't I love smoky delicious quality BBQ?" Well... You make a good point. Since I'm only evaluating the pork I can only talk about the pork.
First, I'm a texture and consistency person. I just don't like the finely shredded pork. I like taking a huge bite of chunky bits of delicious goodness. True, the smokiness at Union Woodshop sticks with you a tad longer, but I'm an in the moment person. I want the flavor now and in the moment. Swish those thick chunks of deliciousness in that Apple BBQ and I'm in foodie BBQ heaven! Ok back to Union...
Their sides remind you of mom's kitchen. Specifically the cheesy potatoes taste just like Easter Sunday and their green bean casserole reminds me of Thanksgiving at the Rei's household. I didn't bother getting their Mac and cheese since Vinsetta serves up the same kind and though I like it, I don't love it. The sweet potato mash is another winner mixed with jalapeño that gives it a slight kick. Their sides are small so you need to order a good amount. I personally think for three bucks a pop they should be slightly larger, but that's ok. It's not a deal breaker.
The sidecar brisket was good. Tender and not tough. You can cut it with a fork and it's a nice flavor. I sampled all of the barbecues and landed on my favorites being the Tennessee and Hell sauce. One sweet and one spicy just how I like em'! The pork was a little mountain of goodness. Not my favorite but would I get it again? Absolutely. However I would like to try something else like the Porker burger.
I notice at BBQ places I like I will be more adventurous and order a variety of options and try new things. At BBQ places I love, I tend to stick with favorites because if I don't order it I'll have deep deep food regrets and a sadness in my heart all day. Even if the food I ordered was delicious. It's like I'm abandoning my GOTOs and I just can't do that to them...
At the end of the meal, there was sooooo much food left. There were 5 sides, one mountain of pork, and a sidecar of brisket that was ingested. You can easily bring home the pork and have a monstrous pork sandwich for the next day. All of this for a little less than 30 bucks. Now go drop 30 doll-ahs like it's hot and try them out!
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