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The Korean tries Heirloom Market’s Korean barbecue pork sandwich

PorkSandwichRecently, 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…”

Indeed.

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.

3 comments Add your comment

ted

April 26th, 2011
9:55 am

I liked it, but I don’t think the pork was as done as the regular BBQ. Good but not as tender. I had it the first time I ate there, and I was disappointed that it didn’t cover both bases- meltingly tender Q plus Korean flavors.

David G.

April 26th, 2011
10:38 am

I am a regular there and enjoy the various choices that are given. The Korean BBQ is my “go to” but have to say that the brisket is exceptional. Featured sides are always good. You just prompted me to go there for lunch today, Have mercy.

RK

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

Yup, brisket is my go-to, as well.

Psst, this place still should have more than 2 AJC stars…