It has taken us a while to try Hog Shack Cook House in Steveston — but we’re glad we finally did. Restaurants with big “Twitter” hype surrounding them often leave us wanting more, or regretting ever visiting in the first place. This was not the case at all with the Hog Shack.
Located on Baysview Street, Hog Shack Cook House is open for lunch and dinner 7 days/week. Their menu includes plenty of meaty choices like Dinosaur Bones, chicken, pulled pork, baby back ribs, etc. – all the protein-packed carnivorous goodness you’d expect from an American-style BBQ restaurant. Their extensive menu doesn’t stop at just barbequed meat: There are also tacos, nachos, chili, pasta, poutine, wings, and schnitzels just to name a few.
Pulled Pork Sandwich ($12) – Doused with bbq sauce and piled high on a rustic bun, this sandwich was usually served with coleslaw, but we opted for a mixed green salad instead. The pork wasn’t too dry or stringy and was relatively moist. The sandwich was good, but I prefer the pulled pork sandwich, including the bun, served at Pig BBQ Joint on Vancouver Island.
Burnt Ends – Slow smoked in their in-house smoker, these brisket bits were served with a choice of two sides (we opted for cornbread and yam fries). The yam fries were spot-on with a nice balance of sweet and salty, while the cornbread wasn’t overly spectacular (I prefer my mom’s cornbread recipe!), but it was nice and dense and still moist in its interior. We were amazed by the rich smokiness of these burnt ends; they were melt-in-your-mouth morsels of scrumptiousness. **Burnt ends aren’t on the menu, but if you call ahead or follow Hog Shack on Twitter you can find out when they’ll be available.
Overall, Hog Shack Cook House is a pretty solid barbeque joint with an excellent selection of items. If you’re a carnivore, then you’ll love their burnt ends!