Pulled pork was calling my name and a date night was on the horizon, so why not combine the two? After a lovely evening stroll around Saugatuck, we headed to The Hickory Pit on Culver Street. The last time we were in the building it was a small deli and convenience store. The place was renovated and has a pleasant interior. The Pit aims for “authentic Southern bbq” and from the menu, we were in for a great Southern treat.
Bar-B-Q Pie almost had me at hello, but I wanted to experience the naked pulled pork to take in the smoke and rub essence. This fall when I need a belly warmer on a cool day, BBQ Pie will be a must have. In order to sample many items, we picked 2 Little n’ combo platters (2 meats and 2 sides). For meat, I chose pulled pork (you knew that, right?) and pulled chicken. Let’s start with the pork. I was in love when the plate was placed before me. There in the middle was a small chunk of sweet, salty bark. The bark is the perfect chance to get a taste for the spices and to see if the fat is rendered out. It was perfect. Normally, I do not go for pulled chicken as it tends to dry out. The Hickory Pit has made me a pulled chicken fan! I can honestly report that I devoured more of the chicken than pork. The hubby went for his favorites, brisket and smoked pork chop. Smoked pork chops? Yes and it was smoky, juicy, and was perfect naked (as in no sauce people). The brisket was equally flavorful and tender. However there was a large fatty layer that we did not enjoy. Let’s talk portion size. The two combo platters could easily feed our bbq lovin’ family of 5! And that is before the sides. We had enough to enjoy bbq for breakfast and lunch.