Pig Out BBQ in Pickering
I noticed this storefront in a new plaza in Pickering (Kingston Road east of Whites, opposite the Whites Rd exit ramp off the westbound 401). Parked in front and took a look through the windows, not close to opening yet, saw kitchen equipment in the dining area. Those who are familiar with the area, it's the plaza that has the new Crabby Joe's and relocated Mary Brown's.
Anybody here know who is behind this place? The closest I could find is Pig Out Roasters which appears to be a catering company - their logo doesn't look anything like the signage at this restaurant. I just hope it's not another poseur like Memphis Style Smokehouse....
Hoping that someone here (any of the east GTA regulars and/or BBQ experts) would have some inside info about this newcomer.
I went there in mid afternoon for a pulled pork sandwich, with baked beans, slaw, and a pickle for $9.
I liked the sandwich, but the sides were flawed. The pork was nicely cooked and served with a smattering of sweet sauce (spicy was ordered rather than sweet), and sweet-finished onions atop the meat. The other toppings on the menu were not offered. All this came from a steam table; no sign of a smoker there. The sandwich was delicious, with just a hint of smoke and lots of sugar (I prefer savory). Cole slaw was fresh, but mixed with far too much bland mayonnaise. The baked beans were apparently kidney beans, with a bit of tomato-meat sauce, plus sugar. They were seriously under cooked, no creaminess or hint of molasses. Actually, they were like chili, sweetened, with no chili spices.
There were seven staffers there, including a cook taking cell photos of the room and patrons.
I think they have enough talent there to make slaw from scratch, with fresh made mayo, and a true pot of baked beans.
Even though they got the sauce wrong, and the onions too sweet, I thought the pork sandwich was succulent, and nicely flavored if not exactly Carolinian.
I have photos to upload here tomorrow.
I drove by on opening day and the place was empty. From the menu, the poor promotion, and the lack of a smoker on site, I decided not to go in, to another franchise wannabe. It doesn't look like a fine neighborhood addition, just more sprawl, but if it gets good notices, I'll be proven wrong.
OK, I was in the area today and it's actually open now! Didn't see any customers inside (at 6PM), just staff standing around waiting/hoping. They should put a bigger sign at the side of the road announcing "Grand Opening", it's set far back from the street that they aren't easily seen (they're obscured by the Crabby Joe's and the Mary Brown's.)
re: Dr Butcher
I drove by this past week (went through the parking lot to get a closer look at the storefront). Steady progress inside, already has a big TV over the bar (which was on CP24 to keep the workers entertained...) ]
Wish someone knew who is behind this place. Hoping it's a Camp 31 outpost but that would be VERY optimistic indeed....
re: Dr Butcher
Turns out they aren't open yet, their grand opening is tomorrow (Feb 2). I did stop by today and got a copy of their take-out menu. Scanned it for everybody's convenience, as their website (supposed to be www.pigoutbbq.ca) isn't up yet. Prices are competitive compared to Buster Rhino's at first glance.
Open Sunday - Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday - Saturday 11am-3am.