The owner of Whole Hog Cafe North Little Rock, Rich Cosgrove, answers a question he's frequently asked: How did you come to offer “The Shack” Barbecue Sauce at Whole Hog NLR?
The Shack was a special place to me, and to many Arkansans. I can still taste that sandwich after all these years. So, it was providential when a lil’ ol’ lady customer of mine called to order several pounds of pulled pork.
I asked her which of our seven sauces she would like and she said, “Don’t need any, got my own.” So I said, “You bring me some of that!” She did, along with a handwritten recipe for The Shack Sauce. Although the sauce tasted authentic, indeed nostalgic, I was skeptical, as there are numerous versions available on the web – all of which are different.
About six months later, another customer brought me a copy of a newspaper article from over 25 years ago, published when The Shack finally closed its doors. The article contained the original recipe given to the reporter by a 14-year veteran employee of The Shack. I compared the recipe to my handwritten copy. Sure enough, a perfect match.
Since then, we have been making The Shack Sauce every day, from scratch, and offering it to our customers along with our seven signature sauces AND a white Alabama-style sauce which I’ll feature in another Blog Post.