Like babies and judicial rulings, barbecue is better when allowed to ruminate for longer hours. Take a slow, saucy ride with today’s Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of barbecue fare at United BBQ on Ives Street. Crowned Best Southern Barbecue in 2009 by Rhode Island Monthly, United BBQ corrals roving tongue buds with a menu of hickory-smoked eatables, including vegetarian and vegan options. Tongue-dive through tender tributaries of pork, chicken, and beef, all dressed in spicy rubs, pit-smoked for up to 16 hours, and swathed in a variety of sauces, from vinegary to sweet ‘n’ tangy to mildly indignant. United BBQ also serves up an array of sauce-sopping sides, salads, soups, and desserts so that moustaches can save their energy for waving in holiday parades.
The Boston Globe recognized United BBQ in its list of 10 best barbecue joints in New England in 2009. It won the southern barbecue category from Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of Rhode Island in 2009. The Providence Journal and Providence Phoenix also reviewed United BBQ. > * Here there’s sweet pulled pork, succulent pork ribs and spicy whole chickens. What I liked best was that each item had its own unique flavor profile. – Gail Ciampa, Providence Journal > * So, old-fashioned BBQ with new-fangled vegan fillings and ecologically-sound packaging — what more could a food fan, a college student, or a neighborhood resident desire? – Johnette Rodriguez, Providence Phoenix