Monday, May 30, 2011

Burly's Chuckwagon

(NOTE: I had a better experience in April 2012, please read part 2!)

Burly's Chuckwagon can be found at the Salem Farmer's Market. They sell some breakfast items when the Saturday Market opens at 9 a.m., but starting at 11 a.m., it's all about BBQ.

I noticed Burly's has a few unique BBQ sauces, including Marionberry, Huckleberry, and Carolina (which basically looks like a version of yellow mustard).

I got a pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw, then added a few different sauces on the side of my take-out box (Marionberry, Huckleberry, Carolina, and BBQ).

At first glance, I did not have high hopes for the sandwich. The bread did not look very appetizing at all.

The pork was not bad. It had some juiciness, flavor, and smoke to it. I felt it needed a little more salt, though.

The cole slaw was almost non-existent (trust me, it was underneath the helping of pulled pork I got). Aside from the crunchiness of the slaw, all I could really get flavor-wise was the pulled pork.

The bread was an absolute disaster. At the very least, the bread should have been toasted or warmed up. Instead, it was a room temperature (cooled even more due to the chilly weather outside), hardened, inedible mass of starch. I took one bite of the bread and ate the pork and slaw instead.

The sauces were the best part of the entire meal. I liked the Carolina one and the berry ones, since they were a little different on the palette than what I'd be used to having for BBQ. Still, when the sauce is the best part of the meal, that is not necessarily a good thing, folks.

The sandwich is $7. It's not even worth $1. It doesn't take a genius to figure out I won't be going back for that again. The sauces and the respectable attempt on the pork are the only things saving this from a more catastrophic score.

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