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Slows Serves 20 Gallons of Apple Barbecue Sauce Per Week

Welcome to By the Numbers, a series that looks at the quantitative operations of restaurants. How much smoked meat does Slows Bar-B-Q sling on a weekly basis? Find out here.

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Ask someone about barbecue in Detroit and the name that inevitably comes up is Slows Bar-B-Q. After the Cooley family opened the eatery in the mid-aughts, it became a cornerstone restaurant ushering in a new wave of dining in the Corktown neighborhood. Today, the Slows' Michigan Avenue location is busier than as ever, and the brand has grown into multiple locations including Slows To-Go, Slows Grand Rapids, a food truck, a Ford Field outpost, and a forthcoming location in Pontiac.

In honor of Barbecue Week, Eater reached out to local barbecue spots to find out just what it takes to operate a restaurant in Metro Detroit. Here, now, is a breakdown of Slows' weekly operations by the numbers, courtesy of executive chef Michael Metevia .

Year Slows Opened: 2005

Pounds of Baby Back Ribs Sold: Around 700 pounds per week

Pounds of Brisket Sold: Around 600 pounds per week

Most Popular Sauce: Apple Barbecue Sauce

Gallons of Apple Barbecue Sauce: Around 20 gallons per week

Most Popular Sandwich: The Reason

Most Popular Side: Mac N Cheese

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Slows Bar-B-Q

2138 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216 313-962-9828