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2006/08/28 19:46:21 (permalink)

Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky


Louis mentioned this place a few days ago and I picked up on his description of a massive pork chop I arranged to meet up with him on Saturday at Knockum Hill. The outside of the building is very inviting.


When we got inside, the menu was brief, to the point and very inexpensive. Note the $0.75 anything you want to drink. What catches your eye is that their pork chop is priced higher than the ribs.



I had already been tipped as to the chop. I made an entire day trip for this chop. I was not disappointed. I have had many one pound pork chops in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, but this behemoth is in a category by itself, unless you've been to the Big Texan, in Amarillo, and ordered (or seen) the 72 oz. monster.



It was cooked perfectly. There was a half-inch smoke ring, but not the least sign of drying out, which I totally expected. I'll remember this plate for a long long time.

Now for the downside. The sides were not up to par. The baked beans, I believe, came out of a can, without much imagination devoted to them afterwards. Louis liked the burgoo, but it had so many lima beans, I couldn't taste anything else.
I sampled the pulled pork, but wasn't impressed. The sauce was OK, but not inspired. Fortunately, I had a bottle of Trolinger's bbq sauce in my saddlebags, that saved the sandwich.
All in all, it's a great place, but a one trick pony.
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    mayor al
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/28 20:05:33 (permalink)
    Note this post contains most of a post by LOUIS on the Where do I eat Forum about Western KY and Indiana BBQ.

    LOUIS is Answering a question about the KNOCKUM HILL BBQ--


    Pete, A few miles below Hopkinsville, there is a place called Knockum Hill Bar B Que. It's address is: 11185 Highway 107 South, Herndon, Kentucky 42236; Phone: (270) 271-2957.
    They have WEIRD hours. Try this:
    Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    That's it!

    When I arrived, I drove into the driveway of some guy's house. Off to the side of his home is his barbecue restaurant, which has a handful of tables inside. Behind his restaurant is a very large pavillion with maybe 40 picnic tables for large gatherings.
    Knockum Hill does a large take out business. I realized why later. The food is good, but their portions are humongous.

    I was told to order the BBQ pork chop, which I did. When they brought it to my table, although I was told it would be large, I was still unprepared for how large it was. The pork chop had to be at least 4 inches thick and 6 inches wide. I wish I had a tape measure, but I know I'm very close in my calculations.

    The taste? Well, it's mild. It reminds me of Tennessee barbecue, which is generally milder than what I am used to in the northwest corner of Kentucky. It needed a little sauce, but only a touch. (And it was good sauce, I might add. Thin, but very tasty.)

    But the pork chop's most enduring quality was how juicy it was. In my experience, a pork chop is usually kind of dry. This had to be the juiciest pork chop I ever put in my mouth. Butter tender. Very flavorful. Juice drizzling down my chin. I could only eat a third of it. It was just too large to eat in one sitting.

    I got a barbecue pork sandwich to go, which I ate the next day. If anything, that sandwich had more flavor than the pork chop.

    Apparently, the restaurant is a sort of glorified hobby for the guy who runs the place. Something for him to do on weekends. But boy, what a hobby, and well done!

    ADD from Al--Knockum Hill (Herndon) is a few miles off I-24 at Exit 86 (US 41A) North side of Fort Campbell.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/28 20:07:24 (permalink)
    the hubster wants me to post his
    reaction..
    "I WANT ONE OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    my reaction "they expect you to eat it with that fork???"" />
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/28 20:48:13 (permalink)
    I'd try it, but now since I'm a dipsydoodledoublehamburgerdog or whatever, make it a double
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/29 12:18:25 (permalink)

    I can visualize a gathering like the one last February, with about 50 Hungry Roadfooders all ordering the 'Pork Chop Sandwich'. If we were to start a rumor about this activity it might have a direct impact on the current price of "Hog Futures" on the Chicago Commodity Market!
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/29 14:39:29 (permalink)
    Al, maybe we ought to organize a future gathering in order to test that theory out.

    By the way, what Poverty Pete said above about my liking their burgoo is true--up to a point. I was pouring on nearly every mouthful of it the Trolinger's barbecue sauce that he had brought with him. With that wonderful sauce on it, the burgoo was--of course!--very good! By itself it was decent but average. I think Pete got far more lima beans than I did in his burgoo. My portion didn't seem to have that many limas in it. Funny how a turn of the spoon the wrong way can cause differing perceptions. Pete made a fan out of me with that barbecue sauce, though. I ordered some for myself after our meeting. I could douse that stuff on all sorts of things that have nothing to do with barbecue! That evening I had some better burgoo at George's BBQ in Owensboro. For me, that's burgoo's gold standard.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/29 18:01:09 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Louis
    Pete made a fan out of me with that barbecue sauce, though. I ordered some for myself after our meeting.


    How did you order the sauce? I ran out of mine about 3 months ago and have really missed it. I always use it when I smoke a shoulder.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/29 21:30:23 (permalink)
    If you google Trolinger's in Paris Tn., you'll find their web page. Their sauce is like Arthur Bryant's, but I think even better.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/30 14:44:56 (permalink)
    Apparently their website doesn't exist anymore.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/30 16:37:26 (permalink)
    The chop is way too huge for me to enjoy but it sure looks good.

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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/30 17:10:45 (permalink)
    Do they ship?
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/30 17:57:47 (permalink)
    Yes, They do ship.
    Trolinger's BBQ and Butcher Shop
    2305 East Wood Street, Paris, TN 38242
    731-642-8667
    Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m./7 p.m. DST; Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m./7p.m. DST A family tradition since 1917.



    http://tn-humanities.org/community/articles/kitour.php
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/30 18:49:36 (permalink)
    Sure does sound good to me. I think I will go there.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/30 19:15:33 (permalink)
    The website exists, and they do ship.
    http://tonga.globat.com/~trolingers.com/home.html
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/31 06:02:05 (permalink)
    Okey-doke, count me in. Also reserve a space for Mom-diva. She'll go wherever I take her! Wow, what a hunk of pork critter!!!!!

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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/08/31 09:16:53 (permalink)
    Thank you, Poverty Pete! I tried that address yesterday and it kept telling me that domain name had expired. I will be ordering me some BBQ sauce now!! I have relatives that live right by Trolinger's and have eaten their BBQ on many occasions. Thanks again for the link.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/02 09:41:38 (permalink)
    That's not a pork chop, that's a small rib ROAST!!!!! So Al, when's the next Glee Club meeting in Herndon???? Have to plan my social calendar, don't 'cha know.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/15 12:46:13 (permalink)
    Have we set a date yet?????????

    I am starving and stuck in the office right now with no chance of anything decent to eat.

    I tried licking the puter moniter but that didnt help any
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/15 22:35:09 (permalink)
    Cajunking, the place isn't big enough for a real RF outing, but let me know when you want to go, and I'll arrange to hook up with you.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/16 02:14:04 (permalink)
    "Behind his restaurant is a very large pavillion with maybe 40 picnic tables for large gatherings."

    I should think that this many tables should accomadate us all???

    MikeS.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/16 07:14:46 (permalink)
    Actually, Mike, you're probably right. There's plenty of seating. We would just have to warn him we were coming, so he wouldn't run out of food.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/16 16:22:10 (permalink)
    We would have to have a gathering when the weather is warm. Pete's right. The building couldn't accommodate one of our Roadfood gatherings. We'd have to use the pavillion out back. I think everyone would enjoy it. I'm going to get down there again soon, before the weather gets cold. I'd be interested to hear what those who have made the pilgrimage there thought of it.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/19 23:09:50 (permalink)
    PovertyPete,
    based on this statement "sauce in my saddlebags" are you a motorcyclist???
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/20 02:16:32 (permalink)
    Big g....
    Nah, He rides an old Mule around , kinda like"Marryin' Sam" did!!

    (Just kidding-Here he is!)


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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/20 13:41:11 (permalink)
    Its a great way to enjoy two passions. I try to ride my Wing everywhere I can.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/20 16:59:48 (permalink)
    That's a great looking Wing, Big G.

    I'd love to come to a Roadfood get together at Knockum Hill. I've got family in KY. Plus I've been lurking on these boards for a long time (years and years and I'm still a Cheeseburger) and have never met any Roadfooders.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/20 19:44:36 (permalink)
    Big-g, will you take me for a ride in your sidecar? I get over by Sweetwater at least once a month or so. Is that bbq joint near the interstate any good?
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2006/09/20 23:44:30 (permalink)
    I'd be glad to Pete! It is currently off the bike (its only four bolts)kinda short on garage space.
    Which BBQ joint? Bradley's..just..ok...some times you can taste starter on the meat Or Uncle Johns...tried their take out meat was ok...sides were barely sides.
    I like mine best....



    If all goes well, the weather holds, and I get a kitchen pass...I'm going to meet some Wing friends at the Church of the Holy Smoke...New Zion Missionary Babtist Church in Huntsville, TX on the 30th and when I get back I'll add some photos to the BBQ Porn site :)
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2007/03/24 22:25:29 (permalink)
    I dined at Knockum Hill Bar B-Q in Herndon, Kentucky today. It was the first time I had been down there since Poverty Pete and I ate there last summer. It's a good 100-mile drive for me.

    I tried their ribs today; they were fair. The enormous pork chop is still the star attraction at this place. Their pork chop is now $10.50--up $1.00 from a year ago. It's still a steal. You'd have to pay $30 or more in any other place for the amount of food they give you. (And that rib was as huge as the pork chop, but easier to consume.)

    The owners said they had resisted raising the price of the pork chop for years, but they finally gave in to rising meat prices. They may have to raise the price of some of their other items eventually. Still, for the enormous portions that diners receive, the prices border on the ridiculous. They'll get no complaints from me.

    If you missed visiting this place last year, put it on your list for new places to visit this year. You won't be sorry.
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    RE: Knockum Hill in Herndon, Ky 2007/03/24 23:24:18 (permalink)
    Louis, it's interesting that you went there today. Just this evening I was pondering taking a ride there tomorrow with a friend or two, but not sure whether it would be open. Did you happen to notice Sunday hours?
    The price increase in the pork chop is immaterial. If they charged $15, I wouldn't care. This chop is big enough to be lunch for two, plus one or two small children.

    Never mind. I reread the original posts. Guess I'll try for next Saturday.
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