Ever since late 2009, a tasty trove of upscale street food trucks have embraced the urban dining scene. Scouting through populated roads to sling their above-par handheld treats to anyone packing cash and abruptly swarming streets to battle out their ongoing turf wars, has consequentially made the world of mobile munchies seen in a brighter light.
However, street trucks haven't transition as easily onto the streets of the suburbs, which makes sense when considering the issue of foot traffic. But, that being said, that doesn't mean local vendors aren't attempting to push their delicious products on four wheels—even if it's a rare gig.
Every day, to work and home, or to wherever my lil' heart scoots, I pass Hill Billy BBQ. The grilling truck, located on Route 100 on the brim of Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, floods my local scene with the most glorious of smoked meats' smells, and it was inevitable that I'd grab some grub to-go in due time.
Of course, yesterday as temperatures slide in the 90-degree range, I decide to dine out in the beating sun and meet JR, the grilling mastermind behind the local barbecue joint. JR, who I wish to now crown the king of all mobile food trucks, crafts a delightful pulled pork 'wich (seen above, titled the Hill Billy Special), which he layers with homemade slaw, Thousand Island dressing and his special HB sauce.
The pleasing proprietor, who had his grilling bug sparked when his wife and daughter gifted him a barbecue set 7 years ago, prepares all of your deserved meaty marvels in his mini-eatery, including entire racks of ribs, beef brisket, grilled chicken, and of course, my adored pulled pork.
B opted for the choice of a half-beef, half-pork pulled sammy (seen above), which he dosed in JR's deliciously tangy sauce, which also offers the perfect combo of sweet and smoky. We couldn't help but also sample, at the least, one of local's sides, which was the bbq baked potato. Flooded with generous layers of pulled beef, HB seasoned dust, HB bbq sauce, shredded cheese and sour cream, this nearby mecca of comfort food easily made me a barbecue addict—just after one delicious bite.
Hill Billy BBQ, Route 100, Bechtelsville, 610-662-4542, Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.