A NASCAR fan once asked if Texas Motor Speedway's chef would add barbecue pork loin to the menu at concession stands.
"Well, that's a good idea," said Levy Restaurants executive chef Lincoln Engstrom.
"But it doesn't have any bacon on it."
Engstrom and his crew at Texas Motor Speedway release a bacon-centric dish several times a year during big races. For the AAA Texas 500 weekend Nov. 4, 5 and 6, Engstrom happily accepted the challenge to serve pork loin. And then he wrapped it in bacon, added chorizo and put it on a stick. Like you do.
This newest concession item costs $12 at the Hawg Heaven stand inside Gate 4 at Texas Motor Speedway. The aptly-named Three Little Pigs is a skewer of sweet peppers, bacon-wrapped pork loin, and chorizo from Miller's Smokehouse in Llano, Texas.
Whereas some stadiums such as Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, focus on oversized concessions items, Texas Motor Speedway's headline-making new dishes have a bacon boost. Some of Texas Motor Speedway's previous Hawg Heaven items have included the eyebrow-raising bacon cotton candy and a bacon-infused beer milkshake.
Its most popular Hawg Heaven dish so far has been bacon nachos, says media relations representative Louis Mora. They even outpaced the stadium's regular nacho sales.
The AAA Texas 500 is going to be full of hungry people come Nov. 4, 5 and 6, as it attracts an incredible 300,000 people.
If you can believe it, NASCAR fans camp out a week ahead of time, partying in the parking lot as they wait for the tripleheader.
This year's AAA Texas 500 will honor NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony "Smoke" Stewart. His smokin' nickname also helped inspire the Three Little Pigs, Engstrom says.
The tripleheader on AAA Texas 500 weekend includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 on Nov. 4, the NASCAR XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Nov. 5, and the Chase for the Sprint Cup's AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 6.