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If you’re looking for the best of all things Arkansas, AY Magazine and KARK have you covered. This week, KARK will begin airing a new segment featuring AY’s unique bucket lists that highlight the best parts of Arkansas, from cheese dip to summer travel.
And this month, we’re focusing on a major food group: barbecue.
Join AY Publisher Heather Baker and KARK host DJ Williams as they try out the Arkansas favorites and the hidden gems that AY has featured.
As Williams says, “So she told me she was putting together a bucket list, and I was like, ‘A bucket list about what?’”
“Food! A lot of great food,” Baker says.
And she definitely delivered. This week, the pair visited an East Village favorite – Count Porkula.
“We’re at the Rail Yard, and we’re going to go into Count Porkula, which is actually a food truck, but they have a location down here. They travel around the state or you can come down here in East Village,” Baker says.
During the trip, Baker and Williams spoke with Chef Kelly Lovell, one of the Count Porkula pitmasters. He attributes the success of Count Porkula’s barbecue to the care and attention the food receives, and the signature rub, which he says is different from most barbecue joints.
“It’s just time. We put things on and let them go low and slow,” he says.
Getting to visit restaurants and eat barbecue is a dream job, as Williams admits. “I get paid to do this for a living. How awesome is this?,” he says.
But that’s not the end of the fun! There are still three more barbecue restaurants to explore. Next week, Baker and Williams will try out Whole Hog Café in North Little Rock.
“It’s iconic for me. That’s the kind of place that I went to as a kid,” Baker says.
The AY Magazine Bucket List segment featuring Heather Baker and DJ Williams airs at 6:30 am on Wednesdays on KARK.