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.