Well, I'm back from Salt Lake City and have a report on two Q-joints that I ate at while there: GoodwooD Barbecue Company and The SugarHouse Barbeque Company.
I stopped for lunch at GoodwooD Barbecue Company in Draper (133 East 12300 South, Draper, UTAH 84020 - (801)495-4840) and I sure am glad that I did! Here is the "review" for this establishment: Opened the door and was met with good smoke aroma. This was definitely pulled pork, but it was a bit dry and slightly chewy. It had good smoke flavor. Dip spooned over the pile of pork was okay - kinda sweet with molasses taste (I think). Both sauces on the table were okay - Sweet & Spicy or Sweet & Sassy. Cole-slaw was way too chunky without hardly any dressing but okay flavor. Barbecue Beans were a wee bit crunchy with spices and tomato flavor. Good amount of food for $8.99 plus Tea and Tax = $11.92 On my rating scale (1.0 worst to 5.0 best) I rated this Q a solid 3.0.
My wife and I had dinner one night at The SugarHouse Barbeque Company (2207 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, UTAH 84106 - (801)463-4800). Very few people there when we arrived, but the place filled up pretty fast shortly thereafter. I got the "Bill's Big Combo Platter" and here is my review: My meal consisted of pulled pork, beef brisket, & 4 ribs w/ bbq-beans, collards and cornbread. My wife got the tomato/carrot bisque with red beans & rice. Appearance = everything looked extremely dry. Pulled pork was dry yet not too chewy with too much smoke flavor (masked the pork flavor); brisket had good smoke flavor with beef flavor peeking out, but was dry - especially the bark; ribs were dry but okay flavor with lots of smoke; Sauces on table not great; didn't really help the pork; Barbecue beans had strange spice flavor; collards were a bit crispy but good; red-beans & rice had good flavor with large chunks of sausage; Bisque was pretty good too. Corn bread was the best part of the meal. It was GREAT!!! Tea was too sweet and too weak. $18.49 plus Tea & Tax & Tip = TOO MUCH!!! Good live bluegrass music was excellent!. On my rating scale I gave this place a 2.0. I should have gone back to GoodwooD!
Anyway, just thought all-y'all might like to know.