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Slowly smoked BBQ a juicy new addition to Penticton's rail trail

Chef David Simenoff peaks out of his new food truck Flying Pig Barbeque in Penticton.
Chef David Simenoff peaks out of his new food truck Flying Pig Barbeque in Penticton.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Jordan Bradley

Flying Pig Barbeque just opened at kilometre three on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in Penticton, on the same site as Abandoned Rail Brewing Company, so cyclists and hikers can now pick up some juicy brisket or pulled pork, order a cold craft beer and relax on a patio in a country setting.

Chef and owner, David Simenoff, calls the partnership with the brewery a “perfect pairing.”

“I’m working out of my food truck that looks like a barn with a commercial kitchen in it,” he said. “There’s a metal peaked roof and a big smoker with a big stack on the front of it. Customers can take some barbeque and go sit in the brewery dining area or patio and order a craft beer. They’ll put picnic tables under the cherry trees for the summer." 

Simenoff has over 20 years of experience cooking in restaurants around the Okanagan Valley, in most recent years at Smoke and Oak Bistro in Okanagan Falls. He said he’s a “meat and potatoes kind of guy” and has always had a passion for barbeque.

“All my rubs are made in house and bring flavours of the American South,” he said. “A lot of restaurants get big and have to buy rubs. The meats get slowly smoked for 12 to 18 hours.”

Smoked brisket by Flying Pig Barbeque in Penticton.
Smoked brisket by Flying Pig Barbeque in Penticton.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ David Simenoff

To help boost both businesses together, Simenoff is sourcing all of his meat from a local butcher in Oliver, Black Sage Butcher, which has been operating for four years. 

"They have a quality product, locally sourced and naturally raised meats," Simenoff said. "They are making sausage just for us and I also smoke some of it to sell in their shop. I love working with them, we're a small business working with a small business." 

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The Flying Pig Barbeque menu offers brisket, pulled pork and portobello mushroom sandwiches and sliders. Savoury dishes from the smoker like brisket, sausage, chicken legs, pulled pork and portobello mushroom with potato loaf come with house made pickles, BBQ sauce, coleslaw and beans.

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Located at Abandoned Brewing Company at 1220 Davenport Avenue on the Naramata Bench in Penticton, the food truck restaurant is open from Thursday to Monday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. until October and offers take out and curbside pickup. After a review of the season, Simenoff will consider becoming more mobile and attending events next year. 

Go here for more information and to see the full menu.

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