I want to start by apologizing for the delay in posts recently. Between, work, grad school, and wedding planning, I just have not had the time to post on here as frequently as I would like to. However, I can assure you posts will become more frequent soon.
To keep with my BBQ theme, I decided to make my next review a BBQ food truck. Expect my next post to be my Barbecue sauce recipe, followed quickly by my pulled pork recipe.
The food truck in question, is the Knawty-Hawg truck usually located on Tennessee St. near Ocala.
I usually am excited to review food trucks. I tend to think of food trucks as a place I am going to get great food. Why would I think that? It is after all, food off a truck. Well, a food truck is not a place expected to make tons of money. For this reason, I tend to assume that if you are running a food truck, it’s because you have a passion for food. Unfortunately, a passion for food does not always mean you are a great cook.
The first thing that caught my eye when I walked up to the truck was the big smoker next to it. I took this as a good sign. I decided to order the pulled pork sandwich – after all, pig is in the name of the truck. When I approached the truck I was greeted for my order. However, I found the person to be rude. She didn’t smile, or seem interested that I was even there. I felt like I was ordering at a fast food place.
I waited for my food for about 5 minutes (not bad by any means). Since this truck was in a shopping center, I took the food back to my car to eat. I sat down and opened the box. The plating was pretty standard and I was greeted by delicious smells. If only food always tasted as good as it smelt.
The pulled pork had no flavor. None at all. I was surprised. They have a real smoker, yet I could not detect any smoke in the pulled pork. I could not taste any spices either. It was as if they completely skipped the dry rub. The pulled pork also had a tough texture to it. It could have used more time in the smoker. To top it off, the bun was huge. The strongest taste on this sandwich was bland bread.
I then tried the Mac and Cheese. The noodles were slightly overcooked making them soft. The cheese sauce was good, but fairly generic. There was nothing about this mac and cheese that made we want to keep it eating it. Overall, it was also on the bland side.
Was there any saving grace in this box? Kind of. The BBQ sauce was fantastic. It was vinegar based (not usually my favorite) and had a nice sweetness to it and a little kick at the end. Why was the sauce so flavorful and everything else so bland? I tried covering my pulled pork sandwich in the sauce but it could not save the sandwich.
Overall, I cannot recommend the Knawty Hawg truck. It is not worth your time or money.