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Best Pulled Pork In Baltimore

May 22, 2013 6:00 AM

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Baltimore is typically known for its seafood selection, but it offers plenty of succulent pulled pork options. Chefs at traditional barbecue joints, Mexican restaurants and food trucks are creating their versions of pulled pork and they’re all getting thumbs up from customers. From old standbys like Andy Nelson’s to new kids like Kommie Pig, a food truck, there are plenty of options to fulfill any pulled pork craving.
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HarborQue
1421 Lawrence St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 685-7675
www.harborque.com

HarborQue sits at the edge of Riverside and Locust Point, just south of Federal Hill, overlooking the harbor. It shares a patio with an unassuming snowcone stand and doesn’t give off the vibe of a place that serves some of the city’s best pulled pork, but its Carolina pulled is certainly up there. The slow-smoked pork shoulder cooks over hickory wood for 14 hours to soak in the scents. The pork is then shredded and marinated in an eastern North Carolina sauce. The sauce is a mix of apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and peppers. HarborQue offers plenty of other options, as well as catering and tailgating packages.

Andy Nelson’s Barbecue
11007 York Road
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
(410) 527-0708
www.andynelsonsbbq.com

Mention barbecue in Baltimore and Andy Nelson’s is sure to top the list. After 30 years of serving customers, the joint has barbecue down to a science. It offers plenty of pulled pork options, including “sa’M’wiches,” pulled pork by the pound to serve three to four people and family meal deals. The pulled pork meal deal is one pound of pulled pork BBQ, two 16 oz sides, four rolls, and one package of ‘Bama BBQ sauce. The gameday feast feeds five to six people and includes one slab of Memphis-style ribs, a Dixie chicken, one pound of pulled pork BBQ, two sides and six pieces of cornbread.

Related: Best Barbecue In Baltimore

Miguel’s Cocina Y Cantina
1200 Stuart St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(443) 438-3139

Miguel’s Cocina y Cantina is housed in Locust Point’s Silo Point condo complex, overlooking the CSX train tracks and the water. The chefs created the El Tri Burrito, a tribute to the Mexican national team. El Tri Burrito is grilled skirt steak with pulled chicken and pork wrapped into a large flour tortilla. The burrito is topped with three salsas — chile rojo, lime crema and mole verde. While the burrito itself takes up the entire plate, the kitchen manages to squeeze arroz verde and refried beans on the side.

Big Bad Wolf’s House Of Barbeque
5713 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
(410) 444-6422
www.bigbadwolfsbbq.com

Ranked several times by Zagat and local media outlets, Big Bad Wolf is a must-try for pulled pork. Big Bad’s Wolf’s namesake dish is comprised of pulled pork, beef brisket and hickory smoked bacon. It also offers Carolina-style pulled pork served on a Kaiser roll with a choice of sauce. The sauces are numerous — Kansas City sweet or spicy, Carolina mustard or vinegar, Texas pit style, sweet honey and XXX. XXX is only for the adventurous; Big Bad Wolf says it’s “hot enough for the devil.”

Kommie Pig Food Truck
Baltimore, Beltsville and Towson, Md.
www.kommiepig.com

Kommie Pig is one of many food trucks trolling Baltimore’s streets, setting up shop at universities, businesses and gatherings. Kommie offers traditional pulled pork or spicy pulled pork served on a Kaiser roll. Two sides come along with the sandwich to make a platter. Follow along with Kommie Pig on Facebook to check its current location.

Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.

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