BBQ is a religion and I’m happy to pray at the altar of smoke.
I’ve just gotten a taste of BBQ from my most recent trip to Boise but if I really want to enjoy some good “Q” then I have to have dinner with the Queen of Q herself Angie Quaale. Angie owns Langley’s gourmet food store Well Seasoned and founded the sensational BBQ On The ByPass which has enjoyed 8 years of success bringing BBQ to the people of Langley. We debated whether BBQ would fit into 30 Days Of Ethnic Eats and decided that since it is a food culture unto itself it was a happy addition my culinary adventures. So where would the Queen of Q take me to enjoy BBQ? The answer is in Steveston and it’s called Hog Shack Cook House. I have a feeling this is going to be a meal where I might need a lot of wet naps for clean up.
Located at 3900 Bayview Street along the Steveston wharf Hog Shack Cook House stands out in an area you’d expect to be eating fish & chips at. As authentic as I’ve ever seen on the Food Network it’s obvious that owners John & Al have done their research and love BBQ. I can just imagine the “research” trips they had to make just to make sure they got it right. Tough life.
Hog Shack is not just famous for outstanding BBQ, they also have a reputation for an outstanding craft beer selection and a wicked Caesar with BACON! Cheers to bacon. If you recall I’ve fallen in love with a Belgian styled beer called Saison and sure enough they had one on the menu. You can’t have BBQ with beer right?
With drinks taken care of it’s time for our first course or as I like to call it the Meat Course. Smoked Sausages and a plate of Burnt Ends will start us off just right I think. If you are a carnivore then this course is for you. How to describe it? Sweet, tangy, smokey, awesomeness are the words that come to mind. The only vegetable in sight was the pickled asparagus in the Caesar glass
That was just a starter though. The real MEAT course is about to descend upon us, Johnny’s Jurassic Platter. Why don’t I let Angie and John tell you what’s on the plate, it’s too much for me to handle. Nomnomnom.
Does it not look delicious? Check out those ribs and I have to say the corn bread is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The platter is more than just meat though. You’ve got options for your sides. We went overboard and ordered all the traditional fixings like the corn bread, baked beans, yam fries and of course coleslaw. You can’t have BBQ without coleslaw.
There is only one thing left to do and that is dessert. Trust me when I say I have no room left in me but…. what’s BBQ with some Pecan Pie? For you my readers I will suffer the consequences and enjoy some pie, pecan style.
I am ready to burst it has been soooooooo good. If you are in the mood for some BBQ then it is worth it to head out to Steveston for a visit to Hog Shack Cook House. Bike, drive, Transit, Zip Car, Car To Go, Modo, what ever you need to do to get to Steveston will be worth it if you visit Hog Shack I promise.
It’s time for the Five Questions and the answers are in Angie’s own words.
#1 – If you could have any career you wanted other than what you are currently doing what would it be?
Politics, I find it eternally fascinating. I am just not sure I could develop a thick enough skin.
#2 – Who’s the first person you call when you have good or bad news?
My boyfriend David. He’s a big fan, my biggest cheerleader. He will be the first with a kind word or a hand up.
#3 – What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
You can do it. Conventional methods or roads are not the right route for everyone. There is a pathway to success, find your own – it isn’t what other people are doing.
#4 – Have you had a light bulb moment in your life? What was it and what did it mean for you?
Someone once said to me, ” if you are the smartest person you know, you need new friends”. I am always seeking out & meeting new “friends”. I LOVE that I get to meet people every day that remind me how little I know. People are fascinating, everyone has a story, and I try to take the time to find out what that story is.
#5 – Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream?
Vanilla for sure. It’s a blank canvas, you can create anything.
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