The pulled pork sandwich is without a doubt a staple of southern style barbeque. Pulled pork is made by smoking a pork shoulder for hours and effortlessly pulling the resulting tender and juicy meat into strands. Put that onto a soft bun, add some coleslaw and some warm homemade barbeque sauce, and you end up with a very satisfying combination. The good news is you no longer need to travel all the way down south for a delicious pulled pork sandwich. Vancouver has an abundance of great restaurants, and there is no shortage of ones that sell pulled pork sandwiches. Let’s take a look at what Vancouver’s food scene has to offer when it comes to pulled pork sandwiches.
Delicious Options at Hubbub Sandwiches
Located on 859 Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver, Hubbub Sandwiches may not look like the typical barbeque restaurant with its colorful chairs and clean cut layout, but wait until you taste its food. Hubbub’s pulled pork sub is a perfect blend of traditional southern barbeque with a modern touch. Instead of simply a bun with coleslaw and barbeque sauce, Hubbub’s sandwiches are made with warm baguettes, caramelized onions, garlic mayo, jalapenos, and lettuce. Consistently one of the highest rated pulled pork sandwich restaurants in Vancouver, Hubbub is a highlight of Vancouver Foodie Tours’ Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour.
Traditional Sandwiches at Memphis Blues Barbeque
Synonymous with good Vancouver barbeque, Memphis Blues Barbeque was founded by current owners George Siu and Park Heffelfinger after trying their first pulled pork sandwiches during a layover in Memphis. The pulled pork from Memphis Blues is made from pork shoulders slowly smoked for over 12 hours each night in a giant industrial smoker using apple wood. Seasoned with a special dry rub, the meat is so juicy and tender upon completion that it just pulls apart at the touch. The sandwich itself is as traditional as it gets and comes with a side of pit beans, which are smoked along with the meats. The Commercial Drive location is the headquarters of the franchise. Ask any foodie in Vancouver and they will tell you that Memphis Blues Barbeque is a must-visit for any fan of pulled pork sandwiches.
The Re-Up Barbeque
The Re-Up Barbeque is a blink-and-miss food cart located on 700 Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver. Arguably the most convenient way to get a high-quality sandwich in the city, the Re-Up is known for having very juicy pulled pork and a tasty barbeque sauce that complements the meat rather than just smothering it. Unfortunately, the food stand is not in operation during the winter months in Vancouver, but is still available during the day in New Westminster.
At the end of the day, choosing the best pulled pork sandwich in Vancouver ultimately comes down to personal taste. Whether you are looking for a traditional sandwich straight from Memphis or a modified one with unique toppings, Vancouver is the place for you. If time permits, visit all of these locations to experience the wide range of flavors that pulled pork sandwiches can offer.