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Friday, December 11, 2015

Porker BBQ

is for the moment, primarily a catering business in Naples, FL. Some Fridays, and every Saturday from noon to sellout, they serve at Naples Beach Brewery for some great food/beer pairings.

The proprietor, Chris Jones, is an accomplished chef and has been known in town for more sophisticated cooking methods such as Molecular Gastronomy. With Porker BBQ, he wanted to go back to more culinary roots. Make no mistake, this project was close to 3 years in the making, and it shows.
Partially prompted by a visit to Kansas City, his style reflects Kansas City-Style BBQ, which centers on slowly smoked meats. 
To do this he uses a Lang BBQ smoker. There are not many companies that make "stick-burners" such as these but they cost as much as a half way decent motorcycle.


The last picture is the firebox of the smoker. Any BBQ aficionado will tell you, "no wood, no good".  Chris's meats are smoked for 12-14 hours, and are really good.

On Saturdays at Naples Beach Brewery, he sets up sort of a quasi food truck

that the plates are served out of,

and here were the menus that day.

That day they were doing some test runs with some chicken and acorn squash on the smoker,

and it was fun watching them put my dish together in their food truck.

Unfortunately, I did not have my thinking cap on that day and got there around 2 P.M. when there were not that many diners.

Their best seller is the meat fest, a plate for two.

Meat fest includes brisket, pork belly, pork shoulder, short rib and sausage made in house from short rib/brisket. There is also home made slaw, pickles, breads and tortillas among other treats should you want to make a few tacos with your meal. Their beans are phenomenal, with roasted and smoked tomatoes, jalapeƱos, black beans, pinto beans and meat fest meats such as pork shoulder, pork belly and brisket. Heaven!

On other visits, I have had tacos and burritos and they are exceptional as well, though the offerings change weekly.

This is BBQ at it's best. It's certainly the best in the Naples area and probably some of the best in the state. The man really knows what he is doing. This food, paired with the artisinal beers at Naples Beach Brewery, is one of the better Saturday scenes going on in Naples on a weekly basis.

Chris has a commissary in the same location as Naples Beach Brewery and come early next year, will be selling his wonderful BBQ by the pound as take out. I cannot wait. Come and try some of the food here on Saturdays and I cannot see how you would not agree with me.

It's a wrap for another post on Forks.

Porker BBQ
4110 Enterprise Ave. STE 102
Naples, FL 34104
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