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Pork in the Road Kickstarter

Posted by CDB 4 Jun 2013 One Comment

On May 26 (Sorry, I’m a little slow on the upload) the Pinhook hosted the first Kickstarter party for the Pork in the Road foodtruck. Considering the hype out there one the project, turnout seemed a little depressed from Memorial Day outings.  But the food samples were on that familiar upper, crack-cocaine. Christian Thompson and his crew conjured up the following tasty bits:

Clockwise from upper left: pork on polenta, boudin ball, toast with bacon jam, pulled pork with apple-fennel slaw.

The boudin balls were really nice, even a little mellow.  The moist insides were encased in a simple batter, keeping the whole thing contained and shapely without detracting from the boudin itself.  These were accompanied with a really tasty mustard sauce.  The deep, slightly sweet, tangy mustard completed the boudin balls for me.

The pulled pork, I’m assuming, was not done in a smoker like other NC BBQ (more on that to come from me, by the way), but got it’s smoky deliciousness from a good dose of smoked paprika–perhaps some influence from his partner in crime who cooks at Mateo?  (Mr. Thompson, do correct me if my mouth has betrayed me on this one…it wouldn’t be the first time)  But what really did it for me was the apple-fennel slaw accompaniment.  I’ve long been a fan of sneaking apple into a slaw for pork, but the fennel shavings brought that familiar Italian sausage aspect.  A subtle, unexpected move.

The bacon jam on toast was pretty ridiculous.  Full of, you guessed it, concentrated bacon flavor, the jam was balanced out by what must have been caramelized onions.  I went back for second helpings of everything, but I’m almost ashamed to admit to just how many samples of the jam I took.  I even went ad hoc and slapped some on a cracker with cheese from the platter across the way.  It was the right thing to do.

Lastly, the milk braised pork on polenta chips.  It had little dollops of ricotta cream on top.  What?!  These morsels neared perfection.  Yes, I’ve been known to hyperbolize, but these were one of the tastiest things I’ve had this year.  It turns out the dish was an of the moment concoction while prepping for the party, not a planned menu item.  I implored Mr. Thompson to change his plans.  Hopefully he listens, because you want to put this in your mouth and let it hang out for a short while.

The one thing I didn’t taste were the Cheerwine cupcakes with bacon bits on top, but my sweetie loved them.  And she isn’t a believer of the bacon-maple bar crowd.  So it must’ve been good.

The next Pork in the Road Kickstarter party is this Sunday 7pm at the West End Wine Bar in Durham.  There’ll be more pork related treats and a corn hole tourney.  Check it out and help put another truck on the streets.

One Comment »

  • ObjectMethodology.com said:

    That sure does look tasty!


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