The Great Food Truck Race, "Hog Wild in Memphis": hogs and cheaters

Quick Take: The Great Food Truck Race, "Hog Wild in Memphis"
Sometimes you just need to have a little faith in yourself before doing something erroneous.

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Review: The Great Food Truck Race, "Hog Wild in Memphis"
(S0205) This week’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race was definitely a shocker. I was left in complete disbelief at the end, but we'll get to that in a minute or two. As the four remaining teams pulled into Memphis, Tennessee this week each of them were devising their plan of attack. Since Memphis is a meat and barbeque town, they needed to plan their menus accordingly. Or do they?  Korilla BBQ felt that they would have an edge since they already serve barbeque. Hate to break it to you boys, but, you're from New York, according to the south you grill and not barbeque and besides, all barbeque is not the same.

Once all of the teams have arrived in Memphis, Tyler starts off by giving them their seed money ($500). He then proceeds to tell them what this week's Truck Stop will be; they have to make their own barbeque sauce. Sounds easy enough right, well, there's an added component to this quick-challenge. They need something to put that sauce on. So, they will have three and a half hours to run to a local restaurant, The Rendezvous Restaurant, pick up a whole pig (yes, a whole one, head, tail and all), bring it back to their trucks, butcher it, and then barbeque it with their homemade sauce. Chris, from the Hodge Podge truck, feels like he should have this challenge in the bag since he is a chef and whipping up his own sauce is child's play to him. He also knows a thing or two about butchering a pig. As a side note, it's a good thing the girls from the Seabirds truck aren't here in Memphis. They definitely would not have been able to handle working with the pig. They couldn't even deal with making sausage early on in the competition. As Roxy's Grilled Cheese, the Lime Truck and Hodge Podge fervently work to get their dishes done in the allotted time, the guys on Korilla BBQ are taking a completely different approach. They have decided to marinate their meat in a 500 year-old recipe and then grill it towards the end of the challenge. While the other teams are barbequing they are just sitting down watching them. Their unorthodox methods have worked in the past, but will it work for them this time?  

Jim Neely, a legend on the Memphis barbeque circuit and uncle to Pat Neely from the Food Network show Down Home with the Neely's, is the judge for this challenge. In all honesty he didn't really seem that pleased with any of the dishes. He likened Hodge Podge's dish to a woman who wears too much make-up. They just had way too much going on on their plate. Sometimes knowing too much can really backfire on you. Meanwhile, Korilla BBQ's oddball tactics seem to have run their course. Jim didn't care for their Korean style barbeque and he felt that their meat for the Memphis style barbeque wasn't quite done. And while Lime Truck is standing there thinking they have this in the bag, the boys from the north on Roxy's Grilled Cheese are named the victors. Their prize, an additional five hundred dollars in seed money and they are able to leave at that moment to begin the competition. Meanwhile, the three other teams need to finish butchering the remaining pigs so that the meat can be donated to a local food bank.

While Roxy's Grilled Cheese did have a time advantage, they weren't the first truck to open for business. That honor goes to Hodge Podge. For the first time in this competition Korilla BBQ is really struggling. It's a hard sell to offer Korean barbeque in a town that is known for their own barbeque and things only get more difficult for them. Not long after all of the trucks are up and running Tyler calls them with their Speed Bump for the week, they are going vegetarian. Yup, no meat in a town that loves their meat. This is definitely a test of their creativity and cooking bravado. Roxy's Grilled Cheese has no problem adjusting to this, they just pull the meat off of their grilled cheeses' and keep going. The time advantage that they didn't make proper use of in the beginning is all but made up as the other trucks have to go out and shop to adjust their menus. Instead of trying to spice it up a little, Korilla BBQ just opts to sub tofu for meat in their dishes. On the second day of competition Tyler informs the competitors that they will each be visited by a local food blogger, Chubby Vegetarian, who will sample their dishes and determine which one has the best food to offer. He will then write about them on his blog in the hopes of it drumming up more business for them, in turn, that truck will receive immunity. Overall, he had positive things to say about all of the trucks, except he did note that Korilla BBQ was lacking in creativity. I must say Hodge Podge team really gave it their all this week. At the end of day two they switched locations a few times in hopes of making some final sales and they lost power by the end of the day, which had Chris cooking via the light from his cell phone. That's dedication.

The twists and turns on elimination day are jaw dropping. Tyler informs them that this is the weirdest elimination yet and that it won't be a good day. First off, he announces which one of the teams has received immunity. Food Blogger Chubby Vegetarian has declared that the Lime Truck dished up one of the best meals he has ever eaten. Next, he tells them that one of the teams attempted to cheat. After the competition has ended in each city, all of the trucks are required to hand in their cash boxes with the corresponding receipts so their sales can be tallied. Korilla BBQ, feeling that they just didn't make enough money during the two days, decides to add $2,700 of their own money to their box. Needless to say they didn't have the receipts to back it up. Tyler informs them that they are disqualified and that they need to get in their truck and leave immediately. As they walk away they complain they he just made them look bad. Excuse me, you just made yourselves look bad! How could they possibly think that they would get away with that? Instead of leaving honestly because they worked their butts off and couldn't make the sales they ended up leaving as cheaters. What poor sportsmanship. I was really disgusted by their actions. Yes it's a competition and you want to win, but, you have to play by the rules. In the irony of all ironies though, if they hadn't pulled such a dishonest act they still would be in the competition. Roxy's Grilled Cheese reigned victorious earning $6,254, the Lime Truck came in second with $5,377, Korilla BBQ was third with $5,258 and Hodge Podge came in last with $4,961. Oh well, at least the three remaining teams are honest and understand that your integrity is most important.

Next stop: 400 miles to the southeast in Atlanta, Georgia.

By Frances Seda

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On: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
JFC said:

The reasons vary for why people choose vegan. Here are two short videos to help everyone understand why so many are making this life-altering choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

On: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Perry P Perkins said:

These guy's needed a La Caja China for those pigs, lol. 4 hours of roasting and raedy to serve. It's always seemed to me that it would be ideal for a food truck (one of my own day-dreams, lol).

And yes, I'm totally biased!

Still, they did a great job with what they had!

- Perry

Perry P. Perkins
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“La Caja China Cooking”
"La Caja China World"
www.burninloveblog.com

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