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#051: Chef Hanis Cavin Expands His Pork Empire With This New Barbecue Restaurant – Pioneer BBQ

Chef Hanis Cavin Owner/Chef of The Pioneer BBQ and Carnitas Snack Shack and Chef Ivan Munoz accompanied by Chef Willie – @CarnitasSnacks @thepioneerbbq – San Diego, California

*Podcast recorded above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.


Hanis Cavin, California Restaurant Association Chef of the Year in 2009, shares his love of pork and his talent for cooking with San Diego.
There are 3 locations for Carnitas Snack Shack – North Park, Embarcadero, and at Petco Park (San Diego Padres)
Growing up Jewish, Hanis discovered pork in highschool and was forever inspired.
Chef Hanis showcases his amazing pork creations through his restaurants: Carnitas Snack Shack.
Hanis, along with the help of his Pitmaster Ivan Munoz and Chef Willie is opening a BBQ restaurant called Pioneer BBQ in San Diego.
Working as a Chef for 30 years, Hanis is now ready to open a full service BBQ, Burgers and Brews concept in East County. Located in San Carlos, San Diego.
Ivan and Hanis are working to bring new and exciting flavors to BBQ and are excited to offer another authentic BBQ restaurant in San Diego.
The story behind the creation of the famous “Triple Threat Sandwich”
The sandwich: “The Triple Threat.” A trifecta of pork stacked on a Kaiser roll from Sadie Rose Bakery: a chicken-fried pork cutlet, slow roasted pulled pork and slices of applewood-smoked bacon, topped with home made pepperoncini and pickle relish. It could be overkill; it’s not.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Chef Hanis
Carnitas Snack Shack





Carnitas Snack Shack on Yelp

Carnitas Snack Shack Eater San Diego

Pioneer BBQ

The Pioneer BBQ Website

The Pioneer on Facebook

Cali Comfort 10 Year Anniversary Party

Eating and Drinking in San Diego Facebook Group

Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado

Pacific Coast Grill


That Good Boy BBQ

Coops West Texas BBQ

Brodys Burgers and Beers

Southern Pride BBQ Pits and Smokers

Delaware North Company

Levy Restaurants

Mike Mills

Stacey Poon Kinney from The Trails Eatery

Traeger Meat Madness Competition

@BBQWarStories Weekly Social Shout Out: @nomnomgoode
Winner of a sexy new #BehindTheSmoke Mug. Be sure to tag @bbqwarstories in all your #behindthesmoke photos and interact with the podcast on social for your chance to win. Remember…if we can’t tag you then we can’t pimp you.

Shareable Quotes From This Podcast:

“Hospitality is a blood type.” {3:20} Shawn
“The dreamers don’t really worry about that stuff.” {11:20} Hanas
“I wanted to create a place anyone can come and eat.” {16:50} Hanas
“We keep going until the job gets done.” {23:40} Derek
“The goal is to have flavor profiles that you understand but maybe have never tasted.” {30:05} Hanas
“People are drawn to authenticity.” {47:10} Shawn
“If you get something out of each setback you only get stronger.” {1:01:50} Hanas
“You have to take that leap and do it.” {1:07:50} Derek

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