Awhile back we got a question from an out of state reader about where to find decent mail order barbecue. We recommended King’s Oink Express, since King’s is the only joint we know of that offers such a service as part of their everyday business (we’ve heard of some other joints that will ship pork upon special request). I am pleased to report that a friend of mine who lives in California stepped up to the (barbecue) plate and decided to try the Oink Express.
My friend–he prefers to be known as Governor Schwarzenoinker
to give the proper gravitas to his comments–reports that his Oink Express order arrived quickly, still frozen in the styrofoam cooler and accompanied by clear reheating instructions (pictured above). But how did the pork-in-a-box taste? Gov. Schwarzenoinker writes, with a palpable sense of astonishment, “It was really good! I admit I”m probably not a good judge, as I haven’t had NC barbecue in about four years. I really like the sauce though. I thought the pork itself was pretty good–a bit too mushy maybe, but overall really tasty and it picked up the sauce well. The hush puppies weren’t great but I’m not sure there’s any good way to ship and reheat them. The collard greens were good, but super oily. So overall, I was very pleased. Mail order food is tricky and I really felt like I was eating a meal in NC. It was good enough to bring back memories.” There you have it, straight from Gov. Schwarzenoinker’s mouth/snout.
I am very happy to hear that it is possible for out-of-staters to get a quick fix of decent NC barbecue, though I worry that endorsing this option will greatly reduce the number of folks returning to town to pay me a visit.