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

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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

Pioneer BBQ

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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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