Ham it Up With The Dancing Pig of Ben Wheeler


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Photo by Krista Leard

Taking a bite of The Dancing Pig sandwich at Moore’s Store in historic downtown Ben Wheeler is a deliciously messy roller coaster of flavor. The hammed up concoction is loaded about four inches high with pulled pork, sliced ham, house-rubbed candied-pepper bacon, and caramelized red onions.

I wasn’t sure where to begin this massive meal, but quickly dove in thinking the jalapeno bun would hold it all together.

Boy, was I wrong.

Within seconds of the very first bite, sweet chili barbecue sauce was running down my hands.

You will have to eat this gigantic sandwich fairly quickly if you want to keep it together — that yummy sauce gets in to the bun and soon it all becomes a hog wild mess with part of it in your hands and part on your plate.

I found it didn’t really matter in the long run where it ended up before I chowed down. The spicy bun, paired with the sauce-sweetened meat and caramelized onions, sent my taste buds dancing either way.

While the Dancing Pig took up most of my plate, it did come with either homemade chips or French fries. I chose the homemade chips and was not disappointed in these crispy snacks made fresh onsite with thinly-sliced potatoes. The salty morsels are the perfect compliment to the other vibrant flavors of the sandwich.

Part of the enjoyment of dining at Moore’s Store is looking around at all the fun memorabilia on the walls, the retrospective mural across the back of a stage (they feature live music Friday and Saturday nights), and the restored historical feel of the hardwood floors and original ceiling from the building’s start in 1930.

The restaurant also features a full bar and is open seven days a week. Other items on the menu include Southern comfort foods like burgers, chicken-fried steak, fried catfish, and enormous hand-battered onion rings. Their salad choices include the Moore Than a Salad — a big plate of leaf lettuce, avocado, bacon, cucumber, shredded carrots, diced tomato, green bell pepper, black olives, red onion, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and bacon and garlic croutons.

I’ll go back to try some of these other meals, but my new favorite pork-exploding sandwich is a sure thing for a return trip to Moore’s Store.

The next time you are looking to “ham it up,” try The Dancing Pig in Ben Wheeler.

Learn more on www.mooresstore.com or call (903) 833-5100.

For those who want a little more pig action, don’t miss the “Hog Nation” Fall Feral Hog Festival in Ben Wheeler October 27 with a cook-off, live music, parade, and exciting activities throughout the day.  There’s a hog queen pageant the night before at Moore’s Store sure to make you squeal. For more information visit www.benwheelertx.com.

 

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