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Flying Elbow pins competition to win best pulled pork contest

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Garrett Goodman, owner of the Flying Elbow in Marshalltown, holds a “Classic Pulled Pork” sandwich that was voted the best pulled pork in Iowa for 2023. Photo by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

The Flying Elbow in Marshalltown has won the Iowa Pork Producers Pulled Pork Madness contest for its classic pulled pork sandwich. According to a news release, the restaurant won the title of best pulled pork in Iowa in the NCAA bracket-style contest, which is based on public voting. Sixty-three restaurants were nominated to compete in the contest. The Flying Elbow started as a wrestling-themed food truck in 2017 and opened a restaurant in its current location in September 2021. The restaurant smokes an average of about 120 pounds of pulled pork a week. Owner Garrett Goodman said winning the contest is “a cool honor.” Goodman said pulled pork is a versatile product that can be used in different ways. “We try to offer the classic versions of things for customers, but then also, I like to take classic ingredients and give them new life,” Goodman said. The Flying Elbow’s classic pulled pork sandwich is served with pickles and homemade barbecue sauce on a Hawaiian-style sesame bun or Texas toast. The restaurant will receive $250 and a Pulled Pork Madness plaque. The restaurant also won the Iowa Beef Council’s best burger competition in 2022.

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