Our visit to Coronado was an unplanned visit. We had originally tried to go to El Indio for some Mexican food and then ended up over at Ferry Landing in Coronado to try BBQ instead. I mean, really, why not? It was a nice day out when we pulled up to Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q.
When you walk in, there’s a counter with a register and a menu overhead, so we assumed it was a order up front place like all of the other BBQ places we’ve been to in San Diego. Then as we were looking over the menu, someone asked us, “For 3?” I guess it was a sit down place after all. A bit confusing! The register is for take out orders only.
This is the area just inside the entrance, where the register is. “100 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall” is on an engraved sign above the beer. This amused me and of course made me hum a few bars of the song to myself. Does anyone ever sing that song all the way through?! I always got bored after like three rounds.
You can get the meats dry or wet here – they both have the rub, but if you order it “wet” then they put the sauce on it for you. If you decide to sauce it yourself, they have three kinds of barbeque sauce available.
Red Bottle = Brisket Sauce
Yellow Bottle = Mango Habanero Sauce
Clear Bottle = Sweet BBQ Sauce
Jake, T and I shared two things. This is the Lil’ Market Combo ($18.99). You get your choice of two meats, two sides and white bread.
The meat choices are pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, whole chicken, ribs or smoked sausage. It costs extra for fresh corn on the cob (why?).
We opted for the ribs (wet) and the brisket. For our sides we got “pig tails” (aka curly fries) and corn fritters.
They only have baby back ribs here – no beef ribs here, folks. They put the sweet sauce on the ribs. It’s a small bone with a fair amount of meat on it. You can see the smoke ring on the meat here. I really didn’t think too much of these ribs, but then again, I don’t really care for baby back ribs. It just seemed like so little meat and the flavor was just “okay”. It wasn’t mind blowing or really tender or anything special in my book.
Jake and T seemed to like the brisket, but brisket just isn’t my thing either. I don’t know why. It seems like it should be. I mean… it’s smoked beefy goodness… but it never seems to really taste that awesome to me.
On the other hand, I totally loved these corn fritters. They were served with a honey cinnamon butter that was so luscious I wanted to rub it all over myself (okay, maybe not that luscious…). I would have maybe preferred the corn to be a bit more fine they the corn kernels they put in, but we’re just nitpicking here. I also can’t decide if I liked these so much because they were a vessel for the butter… hmmm.
The other thing we ordered was a 1lb. Texas Potato with smoked pulled pork ($9.49). I much preferred this over the other meats we got. The pulled pork was a bit more tender.
Top it with cheese, sour cream, chives and stuff it all into a potato and I’m a pretty happy girl. This potato is HUGE by the way and with those two items we had plenty to share between the three of us.
We did quickly run out of the saucy sauce and asked our waitress for more sour cream and chives so we could finish off the rest of the potato. The inside is just like any regular baked potato – needs love and seasonings to make it just a bit more edible. But I loved the addition of the pulled pork on top of the potato.
My overall verdict? I could pass on this place. I don’t really feel the need to revisit or come back again and would happily just leave this place for the other visitors and tourists. It does seem a bit “tourist trappy” to me with the slightly inflated prices and just okay barbeque. I’ll take the honey cinnamon butter to go though, please.
Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q
Coronado Ferry Landing
1201 1st St
Coronado, CA 92118
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