Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

Sloppy Mama’s in Arlington sells moist brisket as well as lean!

I here confess error and hope for your forgiveness.

In my otherwise glowing review of Sloppy Mama’s, I groused that, like other Washington area barbecue places, they served only lean brisket.  Hard as it may be to believe, I was wrong.  Flat wrong.  I was extrapolating from the general state of brisket in the Washington area.  In the past, when I’ve asked for moist brisket in other barbecue places, I’ve always been given lean brisket, sometimes with a little extra fat on top, rather than meat from the thicker, fattier end.  I assumed, based on this experience, that the practice extended to Sloppy Mama’s.  I have updated my review accordingly.

(For the uninitiated, lean brisket tends to be dry.  Brisket from the moist end is, well, moist.  The difference in flavor between moist and lean is extraordinary — as Hyperion to a Satyr.)

Thus corrected, I eagerly look forward to returning to Sloppy Mama’s.  It already has the best pork I’ve found in the area, and I want to give their moist brisket a try.  And, inevitably, I’ll have some of their macaroni and cheese and their banana pudding, and some pimiento cheese to go.   You should, too.


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