Salem BBQ Wars are Heating Up

Alright, I'm exaggerating.  But still, we've got ourselves the potential for a serious upgrade in BBQ fare.  By keeping my ear close to the smoker, I've recently learned that two new BBQ food trucks are coming to the Salem-Keizer area.  Not one, but TWO!  Please hold while I dance a jig.

Smokin' Swine Food Truck
Smokin' Swine is the first food truck scheduled to arrive sometime in mid to late March.  You may remember having gastrointestinal adventures at the Smokin' Swine while they were over on State St near Lancaster, or in their second location on Market St.  Right now the owner, Ken Pickett, is "looking for gigs and places in and around the city to set-up my new wagon in the next 8-9 months."  Keep an eye out for him!

KarnaVor BBQ is the next food cart scheduled to appear April 1st, and looks to be a newcomer to the restaurant scene.  Don Charpilloz is the Pitmaster and was recently featured in Mobile Cuisine Magazine.  In the article he describes his BBQ menu as a fusion of Southwest and Mexican flavors and confesses that he can't live without bacon.  Ah, a kindred spirit.  I already like him.  KarnaVor has already joined the world of Facebook and Twitter and has a menu available on their website.

Last May, we asked you, fellow carnivores, what you wanted in Salem for BBQ.  The response was varied in format, but consistent in a desire for real, authentic BBQ.  It looks like our local pitmasters were listening and our patience is about to pay off!

By Vegan's Nightmare
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9 comments:

KandN said...

Mmmmm, sounds delicous! Thank you, VN!

Chuck Braldey said...

Thanks for the update VN! I, for one, can hardly wait. Keep us posted. (TNT BBQ has promised to return to the food trailer pod near Silverton RD and Lancaster in the spring also.)

Anonymous said...

I ate twice at Smokin' Swine. Both times it was just plain bad. Including the night one of the waitresses SAT at our table as she took our order! And teens of the owner or manager played around with their cell phones and RAN in and out of the rest room, thru the dining room, into the kitchen. We were not impressed. I wouldn't give them one red cent for any food.

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to think we need a definitive definition as to what barbecue is. Had ribs other night-restaurant called them barbecue, but they were baked and basted.

'laina said...

Had a KarnavorBBQ pulled pork sandwich the other day, and wasn't at all impressed. The meat tasted like it was made in a slow cooker, not smoky or tender at all (and I honestly thought it was beef due to the color and texture). The sauce was fine. The "slaw" was raw broccoli slaw- not what I was expecting- no dressing and the crunch was not a pleasing texture in the 'wich. The bun was fine, tho fell apart due to the sauce. It also included slivered almonds, and dried cherries- interesting touch. For what it was, it wasn't really worth $10 to me, I wish I had gone over a couple of blocks and picked up a big ol' Hawaiian Pork Plate ($8) from Wild Pineapple on 13th and Howard- their BBQ'd pulled pork (and mac salad) is ADDICTING.

Rebekah said...

I was at Karnevor the other day and the sandwich is only $6. I'm not sure where the $10 came from. I enjoy their slaw because I don't like too much dressing on my slaw and I do like a fresh crunch. I guess it all depends on your personal preference. Hopefully, people will try it and then support the bbq option which they prefer. Personally, I like the Karnavor truck option.

'laina said...

Yeah, I questioned the hubz and he said he actually paid $7 for the sandwich, but tipped $3 (which I didn't know at time of posting). Glad you liked it :)

Anonymous said...

is karnavor or smokin swine is still around

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon (12/16/11 3:20PM) I haven't seen either lately. If you see either, please let me know. Both are good.

There's a new place in Hubbard that I've been to twice now, and it's amazing. It's called Smoken Slabs BBQ. (A food trailer) It's on the north end of town on the west side of 99W. I've had their Ribs and a Brisket Sandwich. I suggest asking for their Sauce on the side as the Meat is so darned good, it really doesn't need it. Also, check out their Beans which are like nothing you've ever had.