We were born with an appetite for meat.
Imagine the aroma of wood chips adding bold flavors to each slab of well-marbled meat, which is slow-cooked until it becomes tender.
Before it is hand-pulled and served with anything else, smoked meat boasts that red badge of honor on its rim, a symbol of any good barbecue. For pulled pork, the shoulder and belly are the ideal cuts for this culinary masterpiece.
This chewy meal is currently taking the spotlight, whether you pair it with flavored rice or toasted buns. But take it from us, the smoked-to-perfection pulled pork is best eaten with an ice-cold bottle of your favorite beer.
Here’s where you could find the tastiest pulled pork concoctions in town:
1) Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse
Jera’s Ultimate Pulled Pork and Bacon Nachos is famous for being a huge mountain of chips served right at your table. This snack for sharing could already be a meal on its own with its hefty serving and numerous toppings. One thing's for sure, you'll be scooping up as much smokey pulled pork as you can with your nacho chip (because we love to do that too)! Their slow-smoked meat is so delicious you’d want to eat it with any of Fat Daddy’s sides—the Texas Dirty Rice, Home-fries with Barbecue Burnt Ends, or Chiquito’s Grilled Corn. But if it were up to us, we’d choose our pulled pork with the sinful combination of mashed potato, cheese, and barbecue sauce in an order of Hot Mess. Apart from the flavorful meat, the best thing about this dish is it’s always combined with the goodness of crunchy bacon strips.
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2) Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ
Pitmaster gets creative with their pulled pork and decides to reinvent the way spring rolls are done. The Pulled Pork Rolls are the ultimate go-to appetizer of this smokehouse. Marrying two addicting dishes together, Pitmaster tosses their already hickory-tasting pork in gochujang or the Korean red chili paste before it is deep fried. This finger food is also served with a creamy kesong puti sauce for that umami boost.
64 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
3) Buku-Buku Kafe
This Southern cafe loves to experiment. While it’s instinctive to make a sandwich with savory and tender meat, Buku-Buku Kafe does their pulled pork sandwich a bit differently. They layer the melt-in-your-mouth porkloin that’s generously drizzled with smoked barbecue sauce with Asian slaw. The Crispy Pulled Pork Sandwich is also made more interesting by the tang of chili lime aioli and the crunch of toasted garlic chips. It’s a bit messy to eat, but with its flavors and textures, you’ll be sure to catch and eat every falling bit.
SM Southmall GF, Almanza Uno, Las Pinas, Metro Manila
4) The Smokeyard
You can get pulled pork on meat platters, on a sandwich, or paired with dirty rice. The meat is always tender but dries out sometimes, which is nothing their homemade sauces can’t remedy. And you can get a sample taste of each of their three barbecue blends. Regulars say it’s best to order the solo plate combos to get a taste of all Smokeyard has got to offer.
Ground Floor, 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
5) Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
Last but not the least on our pulled pork must-tries list is from New York’s barbecue king, Mighty Quinn. The smoking joint is well known for keeping things simple as Mighty Quinn focuses on bringing out the natural flavors of the meat by ditching the complex rubs. What they serve is what folks guarantee as the taste of real American barbecue. Cooked old school with patience and wood, Mighty Quinn’s sweet-glazed hand-pulled pork strands is the new definition of perfection.