Barbecue joins the scene

The Bunny brings the pork as new food truck comes to Strasburg

By Ryan Cornell

STRASBURG — The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, pulls the pork.

Each week from Thursday to Sunday, Strasburg resident Anthony Cook starts the day off at 3 a.m. by grilling his meats for five to six hours in a fuel oil tank smoker.

His food truck, Bunny’s Barbecue LLC — “When my wife and I were dating, she used to call me ‘hunny-bunny,’ and the ‘bunny’ just stuck,” he said — began selling pulled pork, hot dogs, coleslaw and green beans in the parking lot behind the Strasburg Emporium this month.

But this isn’t the first time he’s had to work through the dead of night.

For the past 21 years, Cook has hauled newsprint, magazines, grain, chicken and dairy products up and down interstates 81 and 95 as a tractor trailer driver.

In May, he decided to leave the trucking life behind and focus on barbecuing full-time.

“The road was starting to wear me out, and I told my wife I always wanted to have a food truck and it just so happened that this van came up for sale,” he said, nodding toward the white refurbished ice cream truck he operates out of.

Billing his food as “true Southern barbecue,” Cook said his meats are hickory-smoked with their own special rub. He said it’s left up to the customer to decide whether or not to slather on the sauce.

“We try to hit a happy medium between a Memphis and North Carolina,” he said. “Because not everybody likes a vinegar base, not everybody likes a tomato base, so we try to hit the middle — a little sweet, a little tangy and a little bite.”

Where: In the parking lot behind the Strasburg Emporium, near the intersection of Massanutten and King streets
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or “until it’s all gone,” Thursday through Sunday
Cost: $5 for pulled pork sandwiches; $8 for a combo platter, which includes a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw and green beans
Call: 540-325-0823
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