Thursday, November 28, 2013
Barbeque fans spoke, and the winner of this year’s Harvest Festival Barbeque Contest is Lowcountry Street Eats.
The Harvest Festival, held at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, hosted its second annual barbeque contest on Nov. 2. Six restaurants and food trucks participated, vying for the title of Best Barbeque at the Harvest Festival, and providing samples of their recipe throughout the day. Then, attendees were able to vote on their favorite barbeque on site. This year’s winner was local food truck Lowcountry Street Eats, who was awarded a $500 cash prize.
Lowcountry Street Eats’ winning barbeque featured a tasty pulled pork recipe complete with their signature sauce. The sauce, referred to as “a balsamic espresso barbeque,” is a break from traditional sauces of the Lowcountry, but a perfect match to the smoky flavors of Lowcountry Street Eats’ smoked pork and chicken recipes.
Lowcountry Street Eats owner Allen Kornahrens grew up on both James and Johns Islands and says he has loved cooking since spending his childhood watching his uncle prepare fresh-caught shrimp. A former long-time employee of various local restaurants, Kornahrens opened his food truck in November 2012, with barbeque as its main feature. Lowcountry Street Eats’ barbeque can be sampled via their pulled pork plate, sandwich or sliders. Other staples at the truck include the BBQ Sundae (pulled pork layered with sauce and mashed potatoes in a sundae cup) and “The Archie,” an old-fashioned bacon double cheeseburger. Created using a burger press, The Archie is named after Kornahrens’ great grandfather, who came up with the recipe at his concession stand at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier in the 1950s. A smaller version of the burger, “The Nellie,” is named after Archie’s wife and is available as a slider.
“Our truck is just an expression of our life here in the Lowcountry,” says Kornahrens. “I grew up muckin’ in the pluff mud and riding through the woods on horseback, then coming home to family and great food - standing around barbeque pits and peelin’ shrimp.”
The truck is also known for its hand-cut fries, fresh house-made slaw, shrimp and grits, shrimp and blue crab pasta, basil sweet tea, and its Southern slider menu. In addition to a variety of pulled pork choices, slider options at Lowcountry Street Eats include a Smoked Pulled Buffalo Chicken Slider, a Smoked Pulled BBQ Chicken Slider, the Nellie Cheeseburger Slider, the Michelle Pimento Cheeseburger Slider, the Parmesan Egg Salad & Bacon Slider, the Fried Bologna & Bacon Slider and the Banana Bacon Peanut Butter Honey Slider.
The festival’s was the first barbeque contest Lowcountry Street Eats had entered. “To have been judged by the people and come out on top means the world to us,” says Kornahrens. “We love being part of this community and always have. Our food just feels like home to me.”
Kornahrens is married with a 3-year-old daughter, Abbie Rose. His wife Michelle, a Hanahan native, is an MUSC nurse who also works at the food truck in her spare time and has been deemed as “everyone favorite order taker.” The truck can be found stationed throughout the Lowcountry on a regular basis. For details on the Lowcountry Street Eats food truck and where it can be found, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LowcountryStreetEats.
In addition to the barbeque cookoff, the Harvest Festival also featured live bluegrass music, plenty of other foods for sale, a crafters’ market, hay rides and many family-friendly activities. The Harvest Festival is brought to you by your Charleston County Parks and sponsor Southern Eagle Distributing. For more information on the annual Harvest Festival, visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com/harvest.