Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Little Bit of Smoke

A Little Bit of Smoke is a Carolina BBQ food cart near SW 9th and Alder in downtown Portland, Oregon. Headed by Scott and Genevieve, this dynamic duo offers sandwiches, plates, bowls, each containing BBQ goodness! They will likely also have at least one dessert on the menu as well to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Menu (late October 2011)
I ordered the Hogpile ($6): a bowl of black-eyed peas, pulled pork, tangy slaw, and their red Carolina BBQ sauce. And sticking with Southern fare, the meal came with a mini Moonpie! A Moonpie usually consists of two round graham cracker cookies with marshmallow filling. It's relatively low in fat, but high in sugar.

Hogpile (A Little Bit of Smoke)
Mini Moonpie! Yes!
The Hogpile was a very comforting, satisfying dish. The black-eyed peas were cooked perfectly. It became a hearty meal when combined with the moist pulled pork and red Carolina sauce. The slaw added a refreshing crunchy component to the mix. I don't need BBQ in sandwich form to make me happy. In fact, I like it if there's more meat and sides to enjoy!

The Moonpie was a nice touch. Yes, I ate some of it. OK for what it is, but I guess I'm not a huge fan of processed sweet snack foods. I guess that means more Moonpies for everyone else, right? Don't worry, I'll be the dude by this BBQ cart eating all the meats and sides.

This cart had been on my list of places to try for a long time, and I'm glad I finally got around to trying them out. While I personally prefer the KC style of BBQ sauces, I still wholeheartedly enjoyed the red sauce (Western North Carolina roots). On my next visit, I'll have to sample the other sauces and see what those are like. 7.25/10

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