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Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories


Jul 21, 2017

Chris McAfee (@TheSmokdHog) of The Smok'd Hog in San Diego

Website: https://thesmokdhog.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesmokdhog/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesmokdhog/

Ole Hickory Pits: www.olehickorypits.com/

Weber Grills: www.weber.com/US/en/grills

Del Mar BBQ Championship: http://arlie-que.com/event_detail.php?event=10200

SD Reader article on The Smok'd Hog Pulled Pork sandwiches: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/feb/22/tin-fork-smokd-hog-hillcrest/#

Good Eats San Diego article: The Smok'd Hog: http://www.goodeatssandiego.com/the-smokd-hog/

San Diego Culture article: The Smok'd Hog: https://www.san-diego-culture.com/the-new-pit-beef-sandwich-at-the-smokd-hog/

- Over The Line tournament website (65 years): http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/

- OTL - Valley Farm Market champs article: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-otl-championship-matches-20170716-story.html

- OTL tourney - Valley Farm Market won in both Mens and Women’s

- OTL rules: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-line

- OTL post with pictures: https://www.facebook.com/valleyfarmmarketSD/posts/1486446981398248

- OTL team names (you've been warned): http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-team-names/

- Derek is planning a VFM BBQ party for the OTL winning teams

- Shout out to Whitney, Savannah, and Kelsey on the VFM OTL Women's team!

- Derek's full extension grab photo from OTL: https://www.facebook.com/valleyfarmmarketSD/photos/a.173081576068135.33158.102320763144217/1484700381572908/

- 50 Yr anniversary OTL youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1nLG4rfBZY

- Smok’d Hog address: 3749 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

- Chris has always been in the food/service industry (since age 13)

- Brigantine website: http://www.brigantine.com/

- Miguel's website: http://www.miguels-cocina.com/

- Chris' steps to The Smok'd Hog:

  1. Buy the pit, learn the pit
  2. Start catering
  3. Get business license
  4. Open up and start grinding

- In hospitality, you do all parts of the job - all aspects and you get used to the business

- Chris and his business partner (friend from school) started The Smok'd Hog

- Chris went wild with his credit cards to help pay for The Smok'd Hog thanks to his good line of credit

- 2.5 years since opening and The Smok'd Hog is almost paid off

- Chris works 2 jobs! Bartending at Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego and owning The Smok'd Hog

- Chris has worked at Hard Rock for 10 years and has worked downtown SD for 14 years

- Cali Comfort BBQ is about having hospitality "in your blood" - doing blood tests for applicants

- Hard Rock Hotel in SD: http://www.hardrockhotelsd.com/

- Chris says "Bartending is great to learn hospitality" and "Learning how to work with adversity"

- Gaslamp district has grown so much since Petco Park has been built

- Petco Park: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark/

- Monkey Paw brewery: http://monkeypawbrewing.com/

- Chris had a business partner who had a bad drinking problem and it never got better so Chris took on The Smok'd Hog by himself

- Fun fact: Chris Loves reading

- Franklin book: https://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Barbecue-Meat-Smoking-Manifesto-Aaron/dp/1607747200

- Brining meat: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/brine-recipe

- Smok’d Hog menu - very diverse and well thought out, can satisfy any regional craving

- The Smok'd Hog Cuban sandwich is a traditional Florida sandwich served with mojo sauc and a garlic encrusted rub

- Pro Tip: "Don’t drink the water in Mexico"

- The Smok'd Hog specializes in various regional sandwiches 

- Chris highly recommends "White bbq sauce" good with chicken

- Smok'd Hog has two pulled pork sandwiches  - KC and Carolina

- Chris believes, "less is more" - focus on simplicity and quality ingredients

- Brody's Burgers - Bread and Cie: http://www.breadandcie.com/

- Try the Fried Chicken at Smok'd Hog

- The Smok'd Hog has St. Louis cut ribs - enjoy their on the weekend - from restaurant depot 

- Restaurant Depot: http://www.restaurantdepot.com/

- Smoking times are very difficult to nail down at large volumes

- The Smok’d Hog gets their bread from a Mexican bakery

- Chris goes to Restaurant Depot every day on his morning route 

- Dear, Restaurant Depot "Why don’t you care about your customers?"

- Pride weekend in SD is huge and The Smok'd Hog sold out of BBQ... “When you’re out you are out” - the true BBQ way

- The Hillcrest Business Association is great: http://hillcrestbia.org/

- Get in touch with The Smok’d Hog via IG and FB

- The Smok’d Hog menu gets updated frequently

- Taste The Smok'd Hog at the Del Mar BBQ State Championship

- Events are chaotic and business owners are all crazy in their own way

Get in Touch

Derek Marso - https://twitter.com/MarsoDerek

Shawn Walchef - https://twitter.com/shawnpwalchef

Cory Wagner - www.twitter.com/TheFifthPofmkt

Valley Farm Market - www.valleyfarmmarkets.com - www.instagram.com/valleyfarmmarket/

Cali Comfort BBQ - www.calicomfortbbq.com/ - www.instagram.com/calicomfortbbq/ - www.twitter.com/calicomfort

Behind The Smoke -www.instagram.com/bbqwarstories/ - www.facebook.com/bbqwarstories/ - www.twitter.com/bbqwarstories

Email - behindthesmoke@calicomfortbbq.com