Wild Pineapple to Host BBQ Cooking and Judging Class

May is National BBQ Month!  And to celebrate, I'm going to eat more meat!  To kick it off, I went down to Wild Pineapple BBQ on Howard Street between 12th and 13th.  If it weren't for the bright yellow color of the little shack, you could miss it if you blink.  But don't let the small size of this place fool you -- they've got some huge BBQ flavor inside.  If my sources are correct, Wild Pineapple started as a catering company, and recently acquired this coffee stop which they're now using as a "home-base."

On Thursday and Friday each week from 11am-2pm, they serve a Hawaiian Plate Lunch with Teriyaki Chicken and/or Kalua Pork, depending upon the option you choose from their menu.  My co-workers and I have found that their $5 meat and rice box is just right, and the $10 Teriyaki Chicken & Kalua Pork with Traditional Pasta Salad & White Rice is enough for 2 people to share.  The teriyaki chicken is excellent, and has become my usual order.  The token pineapple that came with it and pictured here just left me wishing there was more, but I suppose it makes a nice garnish.

The pulled pork is tender, juicy, and is truly 'pulled' as you can see in this picture.  I've noticed a lot of places claim to serve pulled pork when it's actually chopped. Real pulled pork is literally pulled in strips from the pork shoulder and will look somewhat stringy as in this picture.  I've had their's several times now, and I can tell you it's consistently cooked just right.  The sauce that they serve on the side is tangy, and matches well with the pork.  Don't try it on the chicken though, it doesn't work.

BBQ Cooking and Judging Classes
Cliff, the Pitmaster at Wild Pineapple, is also involved with the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association and is hosting a PNWBA Cooking and Judging Class on May 8th, right there at the Wild Pineapple.  The cooking class is an all-day gig from 6am to 6pm, and the judging class goes from 11am until 5pm.  I have personally taken the cooking class, which teaches you the important parts of making real, honest, BBQ, and will also give you some preparation for getting into BBQ competition.  Anyone can participate, especially those who have a love of BBQ, but just don't know where to start when making it.  It's well worth the money and a whole lot of fun.

The judging class teaches you how to score BBQ in competitions, and you'll leave with a certification which qualifies you to judge any PNWBA event -- and they're ALWAYS in need of judges!  I'll be taking the judging class myself that day so that I can take part in one of the PNWBA events in Oregon this BBQ season.

It's not too late to register for these classes, but hurry soon as there is limited space!  I hope to see you there!

Vegan's Nightmare

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok, so why was this posted on a Sunday instead of say a Wednesday. Now I have to wait all week for the pulled pork lunch plate. 4 more days, 4 more days.....

KandN said...

Mmmm, BBQ! Can't wait until summer schedule so I can give this place a try!

Vegan's Nightmare said...

Anon, I actually considered posting this next Wednesday, but since the classes are on Saturday I wanted to make sure people had a week to plan for it.

Hooray BBQ!

jeff said...

Stayton has a new BBQ joint as well. The Smokehouse has been doing really good business since it opened about a month back. Brisket, pork, ribs, burgers... at least three sauces - "Tangy Gold" is mustard based, "Spicy" is good but not really spicy, and "Smokey" is actually spicier than Spicy, making me wonder if they put the wrong stuff in the containers. Pretty good tasting food though.

Anonymous said...

No way! I didn't know this was a BBQ joint. Definitely going to try it... still looking for good BBQ in Salem! Thanks so much!

Chuck Bradley said...

Jeff,

Where is the Smokehouse in Stayton?

KandN said...

Chuck, In case Jeff doesn't see this today- I found this info on google, but I'm not sure it's correct. 1005 N 1st St, Stayton, OR (503) 769-1227‎

Chuck Bradley said...

KandN,

Thank you.

Vegan's Nightmare said...

I knew that BBQ place in Stayton was open, but hadn't heard much about it. I'll try to get out there in the next few days and do a write-up.

After all, it *IS* National BBQ Month!

Chuck Bradley said...

KandN,

I found The Smokehouse. It right where you said it was. I lunched at Mashira's Teriayki Today I had Mashira's Spicy Chicken lunch special. My first bite had me thinking the dish was not very spicy. However the fire was slow in coming, but cumulative. By the tenth bite my upper lip and cheeks were perspiring. The sticky rice was perfect and the generous serving of meat was accompanied by lots of crisp Chinese cabbage and other vegetables. As always, for me, the gold standard of Teriyaki places is Love Love Teriyaki on Liberty RD S in Salem. This place came close. I thought having teriyaki sauce on the tables would have been a welcome touch. My brother and I give this restaurant four thumbs up. Oh, the price was a very resonable $4.50 which included a 12 oz. soft drink.

KandN said...

Chuck,
We should turn this into an actual post/review. Send an email if you're interested. eatsalem@gmail.com

Chuck Bradley said...

Speaking of Que......I finally got a chance to try TNT today. (A trailer in the food pod at 3905 Silverton RD NE) I had their special Rib Lunch with two sides. (I chose Baked Beans and Cole Slaw) ($7.50 with large drink.) The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender with great smoky flavor and the sides were good. I mixed the mild sauce with the spicy which gave me just the right amount of fire. My large lemonade was so strong and sweet, I had to dilute it with water to satisfy my taste. Tony learned his craft from his grandfather in Kentucky and refined it in Southern Missouri. That's the good news. Now the bad news...He will close for the winter at the end of business tomorrow. He will do catering through the winter months and re-open here in the spring. Just call him for particulars on the catering. Folks, this is some truly good down-home Que. Good as it is, it doesn't usurp Duffy's Hanger for Salem's best ribs in my book. (I have not yet tried the ribs at the Wild Pineapple. Stay tuned. More to come.)

Chuck Bradley said...

Today I had Wildpineapple's Teriyaki Chicken Plate. ($8) It boasts a generous portion of boned and cut up thigh meat, a pasta salad (Fusilli Bucati with peas, sliced black olives and a mild yellow (American?) cheese), a big scoop of steamed white rice with a pineapple slice on top and a cup of Teriyaki sauce. These are some good eats folks. Also, to set the record straight; I have stated here and elsewhere that they offer Ribs on Thursdays and Fridays. This is only occasionally true. If you leave your business card with the proprietor, he will call you when a rib opportunity is forthcoming.

Anonymous said...

I've known Cliff for over 40 years, and I must say he's always been a really great guy amd well respected by all who have known him. He used to cook awesome meals for our work crew when we worked at together in the 70's- I speak from experience when I say it doesn't get much better than his cooking.