This episode of K-Town stops by a restaurant serving a fusion cuisine that makes so. much. sense. At Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta, expect to find ham, ribs, and brisket infused with Korean flavors: The cuts of meat are topped with sauces like gochujang and served alongside banchan and sides like collard greens spiked with doenjang miso. It all amounts to what host Matthew Kang calls “the most Korean-American feast I can ever imagine.”
One of Heirloom’s signature dishes, the spicy Korean pork sandwich, is a riff on a classic pork and slaw. The Heirloom version is stuffed with kimchi and topped with a gochujang-based barbecue sauce, boasting flavors that are mostly Korean — but a hefty dose of the pork’s smoke flavor serves as a reminder that this is still damn fine barbecue. It’s basically a whole meal hugged together by a piece of bread.
Kang samples a few meats, wings, and sandwiches before telling chef/owners Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor: “I hope everyone copies you, because this is an amazing style.”