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Copper Pig BBQ (Prince George)

Jacquilynne | Sep 9, 201309:23 AM

I know Prince George is not much covered here on the board, so I thought I'd post a report on a meal I had there recently and enjoyed tremendously.

The Copper Pig is a BBQ place, and while it might not stack up south of the Mason-Dixon line, it's a pretty impressive one for North of the border. We tried a sample platter, which had chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket plus coleslaw, potato salad, house made chips and corn bread. It was plenty of food for 3 people with moderate appetites (well, two people with light appetites and one person who ate half the platter, *couch*ahem*who me?*cough*). Everything was plenty smoky tasting, and things weren't sauced to the point of drowning, which was nice -- though the sauces were good, I just hate to get BBQ that's swimming in them. We also tried a couple of desserts -- an excellent banana cream pie, and a pretty decent brownie share plate. Of the two, get the banana cream pie.

Tiny quibbles: I didn't love the potato salad but I don't think there was anything wrong with it, it just wasn't in a style I enjoy -- not enough actual pieces of potato in it. The cornbread would have been better had it been warm.

They're doing a serious cocktail program (lots of fresh herbs and house infusions in the list) and have a lengthy list of BC craft beers (though not necessarily on tap).

Service is very enthusiastic and not very polished, but given my choice between enthusiasm and polish, I'll almost always take enthusiasm, especially in a BBQ spot.

Prices were totally reasonable. The bill for three, including the shared platter, two drinks and two desserts was under $75 before tip.

The place was about half or two thirds full by 5:15 on a Saturday evening, and by 6:15 when we left, they were pretty much completely full, so it's probably a place to make reservations, even if you're going early.

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