BBQ fans in Pittsburgh have something major to look forward this summer! Spork, a small-plates restaurant located in Garfield, just announced that they will open a new Texas-style barbecue restaurant, Spork Pit, in Pittsburgh. They expect it to be open by this summer.
“It will be a simple bar with five to six beers, a few wines, and then a couple of really good cocktails. They will change frequently and be made 100% from scratch,” Christian Frangiadis, owner and chef of Spork and Spork Pit, said. “That is kinda the whole idea of Spork Pit – simple in quality, but great flavors.”
“I’m just really excited about the food itself,” Frangiadis exclaimed. “We just think it is really different than what is currently up here. The brisket will definitely be show piece.”
Spork Pit’s menu will include the typical barbecue favorites, including brisket, short ribs, turkey, homemade sausage and pulled pork.
However their secret ingredient is an authentic smoke pit that is being installed at the location. Frangiadis actually had the pit made in Houston, Texas, and got it shipped up to Pittsburgh to ensure the authentic nature of the Texas-style barbecue.
“When you talk to people about barbecue, they bring up sauces and rubs, but that isn’t it,” he noted. “It’s all about the pit, and that is what has been holding us back. What you see down in Austin is on a whole other level. You get this clean, sweet, delicate taste with the smoke. That is what we hope to replicate up here, especially in terms of the quality.”
Spork Pit will be located on Penn Avenue just next door to Penn Aiken Dairy. The space used to be Genghis Cones, a Chinese/Mongolian take-out and ice cream shop that has been closed for over 18 years.