With May being National BBQ month, it’s time to think about pork, pulled pork that is. Like so many imports to the nation’s capital, DC’s pulled pork takes the finest pork flavors in the nation from Carolina to Texas and everywhere in between. Being fortunate enough to have a cornucopia of farms surrounding the area, DC restaurants have a choice for local pork from your standard pink pigs to heritage swine. These top five restaurants for pulled pork in DC will satiate your craving for mouth-watering barbecue.
Three Little Pigs
5111 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
Husband-and-wife team Jason and Carolina began Three Little Pigs a little over a year ago in the Petworth area of DC on Georgia Avenue. The shop is well known for its house-smoked and dried charcuterie and salumi made from local pigs from Evensong Farm. The pulled pork sandwich from Three Little pigs starts with the rubbed pork shoulder that is smoked in an Amish barrel smoker for six hours before being slow roasted another six hours until it reaches pulled-apart tenderness. The pulled pork is then tossed in the house-made BBQ sauce, which is molasses based and sweeter like a Memphis style. It’s then topped with a homemade creamy coleslaw dressing with a hint of Spanish paprika all assembled on the perfectly matched jalapeno cheddar bun from the local Lyon bakery. The pulled pork is offered weekly at the Columbia Heights market and seasonally over the summer at the storefront.
1320 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Featuring a Carolina smoked BBQ sandwich, The Pig serves up pulled pork with a tangy sauce and pickles on a grilled brioche bun. The pulled pork sandwich is offered at lunch, but if you can make happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, you can sample the Carolina smoked BBQ sandwich for only $9. At dinner, it switches over to a Carolina Smoked BBQ plate with the pulled pork next to a side of southern-style mac and cheese served up in a cast iron crock. The pickles are made in house with vegetables from the Eat Well Natural Farm in La Plata, MD. Truly local and sustainable, The Pig believes in nose-to-tail cuisine and uses the whole animal on its menu.
Location changes daily, Monday to Friday
Porc, which stands for Purveyors Of Rolling Cuisine, brings BBQ to you with its food truck. The most popular sandwich is the pulled pork, which starts with a pork shoulder that is smoked over hickory chips for hours, then pulled and served on a brioche bun. Top that sandwich with one of Porc’s sauces ranging from mild to spectacularly hot. The sandwich comes with a vinegar-based coleslaw, but many fans will add on the jalapeno mac and cheese side. Follow Porc Mobile’s Twitter account to find out where the truck will be every day.
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2471 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Smoke and Barrel, located in Adams Morgan, is a great place for pulled pork in a variety of ways. The pork shoulder is rubbed first and then smoked in house using wood chips from discontinued bourbon barrels giving it that sweet, smoky flavor. This pulled pork is featured in several dishes on the menu. The traditional classic BBQ sandwich includes the pulled pork topped with a smoky and slightly sweet BBQ sauce with coleslaw and a pickle on a bun. If you want some streamlined carbs, you can also get the pulled pork on soft flour taco rounds topped with BBQ sauce, cheese, slaw and pickles as well. Or if you want to skip the bread, you can grab an entrée of pulled pork with one of the traditional sides of BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, okra, baked potato, collard greens or grits. And to wash it all down, there’s a great selection of craft beers and bourbon.
1801 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Most people wouldn’t immediately think of Germany when they think BBQ, but Standard pairs German beers with BBQ for a great match in this cozy neighborhood restaurant. The pulled pork sandwich is piled high with coleslaw and served on a standard bun. Sides include your barbecue beans, potato salad, Carolina coleslaw, lanjager and a slew of fried goodness from fries to hush puppies and buttermilk onion rings. Go early as Standard will close when it runs out of BBQ, or beer for that matter.
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