Hog Wild Barbecue of Placerville is one of the preeminent barbecue joints in the Sacramento area.
Their food is so good that whenever meat loving family members come into town, my dad and I demand that we make the 45 minute drive.
Hog Wild is a hole-in-the-wall on the outskirts of downtown Placerville. Its unassuming exterior might scare off some patrons who are expecting a fancier place. In reality, its humble feeling is one of its best features as it has a comfortable and homey vibe.
The employees are extremely friendly and always willing to have a conversation.
Upon walking in, you can already tell it is going to be a fantastic meal by the pleasant aroma of slow cooked meats.
At Hog Wild, you can sit back and unbutton your belt (you’ll probably have to) without fear of receiving a judgemental glare.
Now that all that stuff is aside, let’s get down to brass tax. The barbecue is absolutely killer and has blown out every other place in the Sacramento area for me.
Unfortunately, the food is so good that I have a hard time going anywhere else for barbecue now. This puts me in a bit of a predicament because it ends up being a costly endeavor to drive and eat there.
Personally, I go for the two or three meat plate because I can’t decide between the ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. For those who can only handle one entree, go for the ribs – they are incredible.
Hog Wild has a sweeter barbecue sauce that I thoroughly enjoy. Give a healthy portion of it to maximize the quality of the brisket and pulled pork.
Along with their stellar meat selection, Hog Wild employs a pretty awesome collection of sides. The green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn bread are some of my personal favorites.
If your family can eat like mine, then it may be a wise decision to go for a family style meal. These come with 3 meats and 3 sides and come in varying sizes (I’ve gone through one with only 3 people).
Hog Wild stands head and shoulders above local competitors in comparison to traditional Southern barbecue powerhouses. Only one Texas barbecue place I’ve eaten at has surpassed Hog Wild in an holistic comparison.
Run by a native Texan, Hog Wild provides a Texas flair in northern California and is a must-go for any barbecue lover.