Recently, my colleague Mr. Kessler wrote “Take a bite of the spicy pork sandwich – a lunch special at Heirloom Market BBQ – and you are tasting the future…”
At the time, Kessler’s review stated that the sandwich is a lunch special. But now it seems the sandwich is also available at dinner, which is when I recently had it. Out it came – thick, tender chunks of pork that have been “smoked for hours in hickory and fruitwood” and swabbed in a fiery (albeit tempered), sweet Korean gochujang marinade. All that delicious piggy protein is then stuffed between toasted, yellow-tinted potato buns and topped with kimchi slaw.
This sandwich hits all the right notes. The smoky pork is tender and flavorful, the crisp kimchi slaw cuts the richness, and the buns keep all the flavors in balance (almost like rice, which Koreans eat with most everything).
If this is the future, count me in.
Heirloom Market BBQ, 2243 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta, 770-612-2502.
- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog
– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.