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Best Pulled Pork In Pittsburgh

May 22, 2013 6:00 AM

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May is National Barbecue Month so grab your friends and head out for a night of laid-back revelry, made complete with warmer weather and some absolutely delectable pulled pork. Reader beware: you just might need to bring a pair of elastic pants to put on after savoring some of these top-notch offerings.

JT’s At The Club
1 Racquet Lane
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 646-1089
www.theclubmonroeville.com

A pulled pork and shredded chicken sandwich, mixed with homemade mac and cheese and topped with a tangy honey mustard sauce on a toasted bun sounds too good to be true, right? Then it is a verifiable guarantee that you have never experienced a pulled pork sandwich quite as savory as the Oink Bo Peep, offered exclusively at JT’s at The Club. This family-owned establishment recently moved into The Club Sport and Health in Monroeville after several successful years at their location on Frankstown Road in order to expand and share their love of food with the rest of the eastern suburbs. The owners have been in the restaurant business for years and have honed their craft to a precise art, much to the joy of their loyal patrons. Visit during National Barbecue Month or any time of year, but make sure you plan for a warm weather outing on JT’s deck, where good food, good friends and good vibes rule.

Selma’s Texas Barbecue
9155 University Blvd.
Coraopolis, PA 15108
(412) 329-7003
www.selmasbbq.com

Not one, but two, pulled pork days make Selma’s an obvious choice for pork lovers: Tuesday is always the Pulled Pork Sandwich Meal day and Thursdays boast the Smoked Pork Stuffed Baked Potato at Selma’s Texas Barbecue in Moon Township. Be sure to jump out of your seat to experience this one-of-a-kind, authentic Texas barbecue establishment right here in Pittsburgh. Moreover, you’ll appreciate Selma’s “low and slow” approach to preparing, cooking and serving their lovingly crafted items to their customers (or “cousins”), which is the exact way the restaurant’s namesake, Selma, did herself during the Depression. Ingredients are always fresh, locally sourced and, most importantly, whole, so it’s evident that the pulled pork and every other menu item is enticing, always delicious and undeniably fresh.

Spitfirez
Fan Club Sports Bar
314 Airbrake Ave.
Wilmerding, PA 15148
(412) 829-3699
www.spitfirez.com

Jeremy Knauss, general manager at Spitfirez, is the mastermind behind most of this popular sandwich, soup and salad shop’s scrumptious dishes. The pulled pork, a local favorite, sells out every time it’s offered on Spitfirez’s limited menu; the sandwich itself is a simple combination of dry rubbed pork shoulder, select spices and Spitfirez own sauce, making this item a tasty treat for any day. Pair the pork with the beef barley soup — another scintillating choice — for a super hearty meal.

Related: Guide to the Best Barbecue In Pittsburgh

The Boston Waterfront
2422 St. David Drive
Boston, PA 15131
(412) 751-5112
www.thebostonwaterfront.net

This hidden gem, cleverly tucked against the arm of the Youghiogheny River, is a foodie’s paradise — especially during the summer. Pull your boat, canoe, motorcycle or horse (Seriously, horse tethers are available) up and join The Boston Waterfront for some live music, refreshing cocktails and awesome selections during the weekender’s pig roast. A whole sow is roasted for 24 hours and freshly prepared pulled pork sandwiches, enticing sides and outstanding drink specials delight patrons on the outside deck and patio. Reservations are not required, but be sure to arrive early for the best parking and get in line to be the first to sample that day’s pig.

Union Pig & Chicken
220 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363-7675
www.unionpgh.com

This unique barbecue eatery located in the heart of Highland Park offers literally nothing other than melt-in-your mouth beef, chicken and, you guessed it, pulled pork options, slathered in their house-crafted sauce and offered up with the quintessential B-B-Q side options: cornbread, coleslaw, greens, baked beans and mac and cheese. Even Union Pig’s Chicken and Waffles brunch is an experience. Everything this eatery offers is hand-crafted, slow cooked and made-to-order, and you absolutely won’t be leaving hungry or broke. Union Pig also recently expanded their offerings to the upstairs of Harvard and Highland, so be sure to follow @union_pgh and @harvardhighland on Twitter for daily updates and specials.

Related: Rania’s Recipes: Pulled Pork And Potato Salad

Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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