It started as a quest to visit all the 60+ BBQ places in the counties of Madison, Limestone, Morgan, and Lawrence in Northern Alabama (that is the Hunstville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area).
Then I got sent back to Germany and there was no BBQ. But eventually I got assigned to a new job which takes me on business trips in the USA occasionally. So I reopened the blog – just deleted the “North Alabama” from the title.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Quest Log No 65 – Pig-N-Out BBQ Huntsville, Madison County
Well, well, a BBQ in a gas station.
I have seen stranger things, but it is certainly not the usual setting for such
place. I also noticed that they have “Korean BBQ” on the menu, which is kind of
no surprise given the fact that the owner is a Lady from this nice country.
The restaurant is surprisingly nice
inside – not exactly what you may expect to find in a gas station. The place is
impeccably clean, and the little corner where the tables and booths are
situated is lovingly decorated, bright and friendly.
The BBQ though, is more like you
would expect it from a place like this. The meat of the pork plate I ordered
was lean but somewhat chewy, with no particular smoke aroma. It came neither
chopped nor pulled, but it looked like it had been put through a blender. There
are three sauces, a white one that I did not touch, a basic vinegar-pepper
sauce without much pepper in it, and a thick red vinegar-tomato-pepper sauce –
and that had some real nice kick to it, and was very flavorful. I scooped the
sauce up with the roll that came with the pork plate at the end. Very
The sides are really almost not
worth mentioning – the potato salad was bland and the baked beans were your
standard supermarket variety.
The portions were not that big, and
actually I was still kind of hungry when I was finished. But for not even nine
bucks, including a big 32 oz drink, that is an acceptable deal. But just to
fill your tank with some food that is better than a burger from one of them
chains. For a real culinary experience, this place would not be my choice.