When Jenkins and I heard that the Re-Up BBQ street cart was stationed near the Vancouver Art Gallery, we decided to give it a try one weekend. Stationed in the courtyard right next to the Olympic countdown clock, it was located in a pretty sweet spot and could be seen by all the foot traffic that went past that location. Even though it was a sunny day and during the prime lunch hour on a weekend, there was only one person in front of us so we did not have to wait long to order.
Re-Up BBQ keeps things short and simple. Along with a few drinks on their menu, the star of the show is their pulled pork sandwiches. Nestled between a fresh bun from Calabria Bakery, the pulled pork is super tender, yet juicy and packed full of flavour. There was a generous dollop of BBQ sauce that provided a hint of tanginess and sweetness but did not drench the meat. There was also just enough freshly made, crunchy coleslaw on top that provided the requisite crunch.
As you can see from the pictures, there is quite a generous amount of pork in the sandwich. Because the bun was not toasted, it soaked up all the delicious juices from the pork and sauce so everything came together in a delicious fashion.
For our drink, Jenkins and I decided to sample some of Re-Up BBQ’s homemade watermelon soda. The watermelon flavour was light but still very refreshing and there was a hint of carbonation from either the club soda or sparkling water that was used.
Jenkins noted that because we weren’t super hungry that day, the pulled pork sandwich was filling enough for him but he wasn’t sure if he would need something to supplement his lunch if he had been hungrier. I found it to be a good size for lunch…and also provided me with the opportunity to add a small snack later in the day. The sandwiches at Re-Up BBQ are one of the best I’ve had in Vancouver and is definitely something for you to check out. They told me they are open at 11:30AM on weekdays, 12PM on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
700 Hornby Street, Vancouver (by the fountain at the Art Gallery)