The Smoking Ribs – Pulled Pork Fries
The Smoking Ribs
14211 N Euclid St · Garden Grove, CA 92843
Piping hot potatoes direct from the fryer get flipped into a stainless steel bowl. A hasty dash of salt over the top takes priority before giving the vessel a few quick shakes to distribute the compounds. After being tossed around, the fries settle into a paper lined container. Now comes the best part – assembling the layers. First, a heaping ladle of nacho cheese coats parts of the deep-fried spuds that scatter about. A scoop of smoked barbecue beans begins the pile, followed by a heaping portion of savory shredded pork in the center. Red and green cabbage soaked in creamy dressing adds to the mound and delivers eye appeal. A few zigzag squeezes of barbecue sauce out of the bottle finish up the plate. Like the star on top of a Christmas tree, a lone pepperoncini adorns the summit of this gorgeously compiled order of pulled pork fries.
The pulled pork is incredibly yielding, breaking apart effortlessly. A few strands resist more than others, offering jerky ends in the giant heap. The pork retains a lot of moisture, resulting in a juicy and tender product. Barbecue sauce seeping through down the pile adds to livening up the pork, bringing out the flavors and uniting all the components together on the plate.
All the elements build upon one another, really working together in this dish. Beans and coleslaw form a sweet couple that gets along very well. Meanwhile, the cheese finds an ideal partner on the bed of fries that matches one another in saltiness. Textural contrast abounds with the crunch from the cabbage reinforcing the crispy potatoes to counter the soft protein and delicate beans. The velvety cheese sauce supplements the barbecue sauce in bringing all the components together.
With the addition of coleslaw and the restaurants’ popular barbecue sauce, this iteration of pulled pork fries is much more akin to the sandwich. Incidentally, these fries are an amazing way to taste a few of the sides The Smoking Ribs has to offer. Whether it is the sumptuously sweet barbecue beans or the creamy and crunchy coleslaw, the pulled pork fries has it.
The lone pepper brings a little bit more excitement to the plate of fries, some natural heat to spice things up. If you desire something higher up on the Scoville scale, a few squeezes of The Smoking Ribs’ own spicy barbecue sauce will really scorch up each bite. No joke! This is like a ghost pepper chili infused sauce that will haunt your mouth until Halloween!
If there’s one questionable aspect, it’s the choice of employing cheese sauce to coat the fries. Liquid cheese is a convenient and quick substitute, but it tastes commercial and canned. Shredded cheese gives added texture and stringy gooeyness. Cheese sauce works better on nachos as there is much more area to cover, whereas fries don’t necessarily need to be touched by a whole lot of it. Also, a garnish of chopped green onions would add a welcome freshness that would definitely brighten up the dish.
These insanely loaded fries are listed under the starters, intended to be shared, but they are loaded to the point of being an entire meal in and of itself. Ten dollars is the standard for protein topped fries with killer additions; visit during weekday happy hour for an unbeatable half off all starters, including these fries. The Smoking Ribs nails it with their version of pulled pork fries. The contained sweetness from the B-C beans and coleslaw duo hits the mark to offset the savory heartiness of the meat and cheese. Meanwhile, the perfectly salted fries are a great foundation for everything. Each bite is a satiating mouthful that should surely be featured on an episode of Fieri’s triple D series.