I was recently in Detroit, and since I’d never been before, I asked around for great places to eat. One of the consensus top restaurant picks was Slows BBQ, so I had to check it out!
It would’ve been a fairly long walk, so my friend and I decided to take a cab over. There were no tables available when we arrived (apparently it’s not unusual to have to wait for one), so we put down our names and played the waiting game. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long to be seated, and thats when the real fun began!
In order to maximize our meat coverage, we decided to order different combo platters, and then share everything. I ordered “The Big Three”, which includes brisket, pulled pork, and chicken:
He ordered the “You Choose”, which includes ribs and chicken (and we splurged to “upgrade” to baby backs):
And of course, we had to start things off with an order of okra fritters:
The food was outstanding! The fritters were of a bit heavy way to start to such an indulgent meal (did I mention they have ridiculously good mac and cheese?), but the pickle garnish and spicy sauce lightened things up a bit. This meal was all about the meat, though. The chicken was… good. It was really good, but it paled in comparison to the brisket, the pulled pork, and the baby back ribs. They were all outrageously smoky, juicy, and flavorful on their own. I really liked that the pulled pork was “dry” and had a bit of char and smoky flavor to it. Probably my favorite part of the meal was getting to try all sorts of different meat-sauce combinations with Slows’ various sauces.
I tried all the sauces with all the meats (yes all 20 combinations). I enjoyed every single one of them, but I think my favorite was the NC sauce on the pulled pork. I’ve had great BBQ in Kansas City and Texas over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever had vinegar-based, North Carolina-style sauce before. Let’s just say I’m a total convert. The other sauces were really, really, really good – but that NC stuff is something else. I just couldn’t stop myself, and before I knew it, my entire plate was empty!
If you’re ever in Detroit, I highly recommend stopping by Slows. It’s on the outskirts of town so will be a bit of a hike if you’re right downtown, but it’s totally worth it. Several people recommended the Yardbird sandwich to me, and while I’m sure it’s really good, I can’t see myself getting anything put a big ole plate full of meat.
What are some of your favorite BBQ joints in cities that aren’t necessarily known for BBQ?