The Block Island Times

Order This – Poor People’s Pub

May 11, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis

Out in front of Poor People’s Pub, located on Ocean Avenue, a black barbeque smoker puffs away. Those good smells lure hungry folks off the street and right into a big Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich. Owner and chef Ross Audino and his wife, Brenna, said “Everybody likes barbeque. It’s fun, all-American, comfort food. Summer just screams seafood and barbeque.”

Describing it as a “real labor of love,” Ross talked about the long process it takes to get his barbeque to the table. Starting with about an 80-pound pork shoulder cut in large pieces, it’s rolled in his own secret rub made with eight different spices. The pork is then carefully smoked three to five hours over a combination of apple and hickory woods brought especially to the Poor People’s Pub from New Hampshire. The final step, a braising process in a light, lager beer, causes the meat to become super-tender with a depth of flavors that carry your taste buds from savory to spicy to sweet.

It goes without saying that the sauce is Ross’s own, too. He says he tried five or six different styles until he found the winner. Topped with the sauce, the savory, tender pork is served in a grilled onion roll along with chips and a pickle. Some people add crispy onions, bacon or cheese. Almost everyone adds a cold, cold beer in a frosty mug.

For your summer planning, think of Poor People’s Pub for your next event.  They’ll cater a dinner of pulled pork, a pig roast or lobster boil with all the extras in your home or even on the beach. — Becky Ballard

“Order this ...” is a weekly column celebrating the kind of delicious food and drinks that can be found at restaurants and pubs on Block Island. If anyone has a recommendation that you’d like to share with our readers, contact Kari at or 466-2222.

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