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Sloppy Mama’s Sets Up Shop in Union Market

The shopping mecca just got a new barbecue option

Sloppy Mama’s
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Union Market just got a new meaty addition: Sloppy Mama’s.

Founded by Joe and Mandy Neuman, the homegrown restaurant specializes in all things barbecue. Think: pork and brisket sandwiches, smoked meat platters and traditional sides like coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, corn bread, and hot sweet pickles.

Neuman, a history teacher turned pitmaster, launched Sloppy Mama’s in August 2014 as a catering company and food truck.

Its first standalone locale will focus on St. Louis-style ribs and pulled pork. Meats such as turkey, house-made sausages, duck, lamb, and goat will be available on a rotating basis. Sandwiches are $10, while a platter with two sides start at $15.

Sloppy’s sauces, also sold at area locations such as 3 Stars Brewing Company, are also in stock; featured seasonings include the Kansas City (traditional tomato-based) and Georgia Gold (mustard-based) sauces, as well as Happy Sprinkles Rub.

The D.C. area is clearly craving barbecue as of late, with recent debuts from Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que in Silver Spring, Maryland, DCity Smokehouse in D.C., and Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque in Alexandria, Virginia.

Status: Certified open, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 1309 5th Street NE; website.

Union Market

1309 5th Street Northeast, , DC 20002 (202) 902-2633 Visit Website