Wednesday, 20 April 2011
There is nothing worse then being stuck in traffic with no end in sight, but having a snack in hand can tremendously improve this situation. My boyfriend and I try to find as many hidden gems off the beaten path as possible. Sometimes this requires driving the opposite way, but in the end, even a ride over a questionable bridge (currently under repair) is worth it.
On a recent trip to Stowe, VT, we stumbled upon Holy Smokes BBQ Delicatessen in Turners Falls, MA. I was skeptical at first, Massachusetts is not exactly known for having the greatest BBQ, but with BBQ on the list of top 5 favorite foods for both of us, we are always willing to take a chance.
Holy Smokes BBQ is located on a beautiful tree-lined street in an old mill town. Upon walking in you immediately notice the enormous pig art hanging from the ceiling. One quick glance into the meat case and I knew I was at the right place. There were smoked meats of every kind: short ribs, pulled pork, “GrandBaby” back ribs, chicken wings, and roast beef.
The unique part about Holy Smokes is their strong focus on using local sustainable ingredients. The animals used for their products are humanely raised, antibiotic, hormone, and nitrate free. Everything is made fresh daily and the menu items change with each season. Even the containers used to pack food to go are eco friendly. It is very evident the care and love that goes into their food.
After reviewing the menu, we ordered one smoked roast beef sandwich and one pulled pork sandwich, with a side of house-made coleslaw. We opted to enjoy our sandwiches outside in the beautiful weather.
The pulled pork was by far one of the most balanced, moist and flavorful sandwiches I have ever had before. The fresh buttery roll was only slightly toasted and was overflowing with juicy pork pulled to perfection. The sauce was vinegar based with just the right balance of acidity, sweetness, and spice. Napkins and wipes were required not optional!
The smoked roast beef was on that same incredible roll, paired with fresh baby spinach and spicy horseradish mustard. The flavor of the smoked meat really stood out without overwhelming your taste buds. The smoke ring was evident, showing how the smoking process permeated the meat, resulting in a flavor packed product.
What are some of your favorite BBQ spots? What are your favorite things to order?