Moulton’s Pink Pig was named one of the best four places to eat pulled pork in Alabama after a Bama’s Best Pulled Pork competition was held by the Alabama Pork Producers this summer.
Judges for the contest met in Moulton last Thursday to put Pink Pig’s pork to a taste test against the other three contenders, including contest winner JJ’s BBQ in Elba.
Holy Smoke BBQ in Hartselle and Heard’s BBQ in Maplesville in Chilton County were also contest-finalists.
Alabama Pork Producers, a division of the Alabama Farmer’s Federation, received more than 2,000 votes cast on social media in June for more than 100 restaurants considered for the competition.
After the final four were selected, contest judges, including Alabama Pork Producers Chair Josh Tubbs, Pork Producers Director Russ Durrance, and “Simply Southern TV” host Mary Wilson, traveled to each restaurant—or food truck—last Wednesday and Thursday to judge for the winner.
Judges announced JJ’s BBQ had been selected as the winner in a Facebook announcement on Tuesday.
“We highly suggest a road trip to visit Chequita Walker and her crew, who serve up simple pulled pork, yummy sauces and delicious homemade sides,” Alabama Farmers federation stated.
Though they didn’t win, Pink Pig owners Shawn and Anita Luker said they were especially proud to be the first food truck ever to be considered for the competition.
Shawn Luker said the two got their start working festivals in Moulton and Lawrence County, including the annual Strawberry Festival. After purchasing a truck off Facebook Marketplace for about $3,100, he said the business was paid off in a month-and-a-half after kicking off.
“Last Aug. 30th, I left my full-time job to work (the food truck),” Luker, who is a former manager at Decatur City Landfill, told judges last week. He said his wife left her job in October as well, so the two work their own business full-time.
Luker said he believes the Pink Pig’s made-from-scratch recipes are a big part of what pushed them ahead in the competition.
“Nothing we have comes from a bag. Anita makes all our potato salad from scratch. Our green beans and the macaroni and cheese, everything’s made from scratch,” he said. “The other big thing with us—and I’m not knocking anybody else or how they do things, but we’re a part of our business.”
Last Thursday, the two owners served a pulled pork sandwich alongside homemade baked beans, potato salad and banana pudding, to each judge.
One judge, Tubbs, who is also a pig farmer from Walker County, said meat texture and flavor were two main criteria considered in determining a winner.
“Flavor is important, but good seasoning can be ruined if the meat has no moisture,” he said.
He said judges tasted sandwiches from each of the four finalists to see whether each establishment served pulled pork that was perfect to eat all on its own.
“There’s an obvious reason all four of these were finalists,” Tubbs added. “All four of them had their own homemade sauce. No one was buying a bottled sauce. All of them had good seasonings. It was nice to try all of them and have such a tough decision ahead of us.”
When asked what stood out to him the most about Pink Pig, Tubbs said it was their sandwich served with white sauce and vinegar slaw.
“I’m a coleslaw on a BBQ sandwich kind of person,” he said. “I’ve always liked white sauce, but I’ve never put it on pulled pork. So you put the coleslaw and white sauce together and it’s a really unique experience…I thought the sandwich was really good with the combination of two creamy condiments.”
Pink Pig fans in Moulton are likely to agree the food truck serves up some of the most unique BBQ experiences in North Alabama, with popular menu items like the Mac and Piggy Fries—french fries topped with mac and cheese, pulled pork and sweet red sauce—or their Fritter Burger, which comes on a Mexican cornbread fritter topped with mayo, slaw and BBQ sauce.
Luker said the business consistently boasts a 4.9 positive rating on Facebook and a 5-start rating on Google.
“Our customers are the best part of us; they’re the best part. I could never stress how thankful we are for the community’s support,” he said.
Pink Pig sets up shop in different locations in Lawrence County each week, including its Moulton location in the Angie’s Tendercare parking lot in front of Walmart on Alabama 24.
For more information or to see where to find them next, follow The Pink Pig on Facebook. The Lukers may also be contacted at 256-303-1292.