Bourdain Barbecue truck. Milford, CT
- cheereeo Aug 31, 2011 10:04 AM
Been seeing this truck with it's smoker parked outside Sports Authority on Boston Post Road. Has anyone been yet? Looks interesting. Cajun perhaps? Pulled pork perhaps?
I haven't but I will say that's a terrible location.
We could use some good BBQ in town though. Maybe downtown somewhere might be a better location.
Went for lunch yesterday. We shared a "Smitty Special"- a 12" soft grinder roll with BBQ- sauced pulled pork, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese(cole slaw was advertised as on the sandwich, but came in a small container on the side), an order of "Truck Beans" and a Foxon Park orange soda. Total was $18.
Pulled pork was not really pulled as I expect it. It was plentiful, very tender, not fatty, and had a distinct, but not over- powering smoke flavor and was cut into fairly large bite-sized pieces. Caramelized onions added a nice sweetness. Unfortunately, the bread was not sturdy enough to support the weight and wetness of the ingredients- luckily, he cut it in half and wrapped the halves individually, and provided forks, plenty of napkins and wet-naps. Cheddar was visible but didn't add much noticeable flavor to the heavily sauced sandwich. I added slaw to my 1/2, and while it provided a little crunch, it didn't add much to the flavor profile, and while well-seasoned, was not my particular cup of cole slaw tea- I like it to have a bit of sweetness, vs the vinegary taste of Boudan's. In fact, everything was well-seasoned, except for the sauce itself- it could use a little heat and/or acid and sweetness- I will try a different kind (he offers 3) next time. The beans were the star of the show- rich and complex, with a variety of beans, onions and meat. 1 order was plenty for 2 generous servings. Nothing asked for the salt and pepper packets also in the bag.
Location is TERRIBLE- there is just no non-aggravating way for me to get there from the Devon section of Milford. He seems to be doing ok despite the location- there was a steady stream of people while we were there waiting (less than 10 minutes, and there was a large order right before us), and while we ate in a shady spot.
Despite the hassle of the location, I would go there before Joey's C's in Devon, although we discussed giving them a fourth(and final) chance while we were eating Boudan's.
We were told that regs state that if he were to provide seats, he would have to provide a bathroom. That's CT for you.
I thought the sandwiches were great. Jen (above) nailed it, the meat had a "distinct, but not over- powering smoke flavor." We had a pulled pork sandwich, a baby back rib sandwich, 2 small sides of cole slaw and a big red beans and rice side. All for $20. out the door. I got the impression that this was a fella that takes pride in his food. If I worked in the area I would get lunch there at least once a week.
I tried it about a month ago.
Each time I have driven by, there has been no one there. Second, the day I went, I showed up around noon. So I showed up and learned that he had "sold out" of pretty much all the meats except for the pulled pork. Not sure how you sell out without customers - felt to me like he was trying to get hype going or something. Who knows.
What is served is really a chopped pork sandwich (should be labelled with more care), with bits of crunchy gristle (cartilage?) in a couple of the bites which didn't help the overall cause. Nothing about it really was any good - the coleslaw (which I often like on a pulled pork sandwich) was soaking in mayo and dull, the BBQ sauce was too sweet and overpowered everything else and the roll was not a great match.
Didn't have the ribs (due to the "sold-out" condition) but I have no interest returning.
I made it a point to stop the weekend before last. The pork is not so much pulled as it is "hunked" or pulled into half inch diameter sections. I didn't really care as it was quite good with the mustard sauce he offers and The amount was definitely not stingy. It was 8 bucks for a sandwich with a side of slaw. The slaw was pretty good, but not why I stopped, so I'm not factoring it into my review.
The "classic" sauce offered wasn't my favorite, as I got a second sandwich for the girlfriend and imposed a one bite tariif before delivery. It had a bit of heat to it, but in all honesty, that's all I remember, as the mustard sauce really did it for me.
I would (and plan to) definitely go back without hesitation.