Blue Ridge Pig

21 Jun

After a day of vineyard hopping in the Charlottesville, VA area a few weeks back my group of tasters was in need of a little snack attack. With wineries closing up shop and putting away the cheese plates my friend, who happens to be a longtime vegetarian, suggested a nearby BBQ shack. When a vegetarian sings the praises of an establishment  devoted primarily to pork, it must be good, so on we ventured.

Pig on a Hot Tin Roof?

The Blue Ridge Pig is a tiny, rustically-charming (read: cute and comfy but you might not want to use the restroom) type of place nestled about 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The place lives up to its name. There are pigs everywhere, the windowsills and picnic tables are bedecked with a flurry of piggy banks, ceramic pigs and piggy shaped Christmas lights and a giant smoker turned pig greets you from the rooftop as you walk in.

Now ceramic pigs are cute and kitschy and all but what is important is the pig on the plate. We ordered a pulled pork sandwich with slaw(what else?), potato salad and limeade. The sandwich was some great BBQ, the meat nice and smoky, coated in a thick BBQ sauce that had a nice mustardy tang to it. Extra points for a toasted bun that was soft without having it melt into the sandwich as you eat; and vinegar based coleslaw topping which I’ll take over the mayonnaise laden versions any day. The potato salad harbors a little surprise, we opened the container to find pesto, totally unexpected at a pig shack in the mountains and totally tasty.  We washed our pork and potatoes down with limeade, fresh squeezed onsite and perfect on a hot summer day in Virginia.

Pork BBQ

Good BBQ with a few gourmet sensibilities, on a scenic mountain route dotted with vineyards? Not a bad reason at all for a little summer escape from the city.


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