#012 – BBQ Shop Owner by Day, Hard Rock Hotel Bartender by Night – The Smok’d Hog

Chris McAfee (@TheSmokdHog) of The Smok'd Hog in San Diego Website: https://thesmokdhog.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesmokdhog/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesmokdhog/ Ole Hickory Pits: www.olehickorypits.com/ Weber Grills: www.weber.com/US/en/grills Del Mar BBQ Championship: http://arlie-que.com/event_detail.php?event=10200 SD Reader article on The Smok'd Hog Pulled Pork sandwiches: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/feb/22/tin-fork-smokd-hog-hillcrest/# Good Eats San Diego article: The Smok'd Hog: http://www.goodeatssandiego.com/the-smokd-hog/ San Diego Culture article: The Smok'd Hog: https://www.san-diego-culture.com/the-new-pit-beef-sandwich-at-the-smokd-hog/ – Over The Line tournament website (65 years): http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/ – OTL – Valley Farm Market champs article: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-otl-championship-matches-20170716-story.html – OTL tourney – Valley Farm Market won in both Mens and Women’s – OTL rules: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-line – OTL post with pictures: https://www.facebook.com/valleyfarmmarketSD/posts/1486446981398248 – OTL team names (you've been warned): http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-team-names/ – Derek is planning a VFM BBQ party for the OTL winning teams – Shout out to Whitney, Savannah, and Kelsey on the VFM OTL Women's team! – Derek's full extension grab photo from OTL: https://www.facebook.com/valleyfarmmarketSD/photos/a.173081576068135.33158.102320763144217/1484700381572908/ – 50 Yr anniversary OTL youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1nLG4rfBZY – Smok’d Hog address: 3749 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103 – Chris has always been in the food/service industry (since age 13) – Brigantine website: http://www.brigantine.com/ – Miguel's website: http://www.miguels-cocina.com/ – Chris' steps to The Smok'd Hog: Buy the pit, learn the pit Start catering Get business license Open up and start grinding – In hospitality, you do all parts of the job – all aspects and you get used to the business – Chris and his business partner (friend from school) started The Smok'd Hog – Chris went wild with his credit cards to help pay for The Smok'd Hog thanks to his good line of credit – 2.5 years since opening and The Smok'd Hog is almost paid off – Chris works 2 jobs! Bartending at Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego and owning The Smok'd Hog – Chris has worked at Hard Rock for 10 years and has worked downtown SD for 14 years – Cali Comfort BBQ is about having hospitality “in your blood” – doing blood tests for applicants – Hard Rock Hotel in SD: http://www.hardrockhotelsd.com/ – Chris says “Bartending is great to learn hospitality” and “Learning how to work with adversity” – Gaslamp district has grown so much since Petco Park has been built – Petco Park: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark/ – Monkey Paw brewery: http://monkeypawbrewing.com/ – Chris had a business partner who had a bad drinking problem and it never got better so Chris took on The Smok'd Hog by himself – Fun fact: Chris Loves reading – Franklin book: https://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Barbecue-Meat-Smoking-Manifesto-Aaron/dp/1607747200 – Brining meat: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/brine-recipe – Smok’d Hog menu – very diverse and well thought out, can satisfy any regional craving – The Smok'd Hog Cuban sandwich is a traditional Florida sandwich served with mojo sauc and a garlic encrusted rub – Pro Tip: “Don’t drink the water in Mexico” – The Smok'd Hog specializes in various regional sandwiches  – Chris highly recommends “White bbq sauce” good with chicken – Smok'd Hog has two pulled pork sandwiches  – KC and Carolina – Chris believes, “less is more” – focus on simplicity and quality ingredients – Brody's Burgers – Bread and Cie: http://www.breadandcie.com/ – Try the Fried Chicken at Smok'd Hog – The Smok'd Hog has St. Louis cut ribs – enjoy their on the weekend – from restaurant depot  – Restaurant Depot: http://ww…

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