So This Exists: The BBQ Pulled Pork Cupcake at Bourbon Steak in Washington, DC


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You'd be forgiven if your first thought when hearing mention of Georgetown's Bourbon Steak is... well... steak. But that's not what we're here to talk about today. It's about a bar snack at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in the Georgetown Four Seasons: the BBQ Pulled Pork Cupcake ($9), executive chef Adam Sobel's pet project.


A cross section of the Pork Cupcake.

Sobel competed in the 2011 Cochon 555 competition, an event in which five chefs are provided with their own heritage breed pig and tasked with creating 10 different dishes using the entire hog, and one of his entries was this Pork Cupcake. A long time fan of Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuit (who isn't?), Sobel created his own version with cheddar and scallion, despite the original recipe being a closely guarded secret, shaped it into a cupcake, and stuffed it with smoked pork shoulder.

While Sobel didn't win Cochon 555, the cupcake became a fan favorite. People were even calling Bourbon Steak asking if the cupcake was available. As requests piled up, eventually the decision was made to offer the cupcake as an off-menu item by request, but it's popularity elevated it to an official menu item, and it's been a mainstay ever since.


If you're looking for a different take on the bar snack and you scoff audibly every time you pass the 100-deep line at Georgetown Cupcake, head down to the other end of M Street and fulfill your cupcake craving in the best, porky way possible. (Only available after 5 p.m.)

Bourbon Steak Lounge 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20007 (map) 202-944-2026;