Location: SE 82nd and Harney – Cartlandia
Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 6pm
The Story: Competition BBQ. I have watched it on TV, yet never been to one in person. I know the work these guys put in to create their perfect sauce or rub in order to win. Da Fat Boys BBQ is a competition BBQ team here in Portland and have won more than a few competitions. Lucky for us eaters, we no longer have to wait for the next event – Da Fa Boyz now have a food truck on SE 82nd.
John Bagorio started out the business in 2008 catering for events and meetings. On a dare, he entered into a competition and the business grew from there. Visit the truck and the trophies showcase the quality of what they server. They were First Place – People’s Choice at Rogue Ales Bones & Brew in 2012. The menu here offers ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket and sides. Ribs are my crutch, so I grabbed four with a side of slaw and beans. Slow roasted, the meat on those bones couldn’t wait to be pulled off. I had to be careful not to drop bits of pork all over my lap. Smoky, salty, charred to perfection. A testament to how good these ribs were came a few hours later when eating something else, I could still smell the smoke on my fingertips. Superb.
I think I need to get out more to one of these competitions to learn the differences between these teams. It also wouldn’t be so bad to have to enjoy a few more ribs along the way. Located on NE Holladay st, just east of 82, the bright orange food truck is hard to miss. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- 4 Ribs with 2 sides – $9
- 1/2 slab ribs with 2 sides – $13
- Full slab with 2 sides – $23
- BBQ Chicken with 2 sides – $9
- Pulled Pork Sandwich with 2 sides – $9
- Beef Brisket with 2 sides – $9
- Sides – BBQ Beans, Cole Slaw, French Fries, Deep Fried Mac & Cheese – $2