CockADoodleMoo Truck is in the running to be the top barbecue food truck in the country.
The Triangle-based truck, which launched in 2014, is one of 10 trucks in the contest held by Mobile Cuisine, an extensive resource website for the mobile food industry that holds regular contests. Of 550 food trucks considered, it’s the only North Carolina truck represented in a contest that uses online votes to determine a winner.
As of Wednesday, with 650 votes, it ranked in second place behind Gotta Q from Providence, Rhode Island, which has 747 votes.
Voting ends Friday, June 16, at 9:59 p.m. EST.
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“This award MUST come home to NC,” Jolie Rollins writes in an email. “It’s about state pride!”
Their signature sandwich, called The Raven, pays tribute to poet Edgar Allen Poe. A pit beef sandwich in Baltimore, Poe’s longtime home, serves as inspiration, according to a News & Observer review of the truck last month. It features smoked beef brisket and apple-horseradish slaw on a warm ciabatta roll.
The truck also is known for its State Divided sandwich, with hickory-smoked pulled pork on a bun with crispy slaw and choice of North Carolina barbecue sauce and slaw.
The truck – complete with a Southern Pride Smoker – sells sauces by the bottle, with profits going to a different charity every month.
To be eligible for the contest, trucks need to have opened before April and must regularly serve barbecue from their truck, cart or trail. The trucks must sell their home community on a regular basis; competition barbecue teams who own a trailer aren’t eligible.
And while the contest is open to trucks outside of North America, the final 10 trucks are from Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Alabama, Massachusetts, Texas and Ohio. Both Ohio and Texas have two trucks apiece.
Little Bit of R&R BBQ from Leeds, Ala., has won the past two years. Wednesday, it ranked third with about 270 votes.
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