Editor's Note: The Vegas Voice is pleased to introduce Bob Gourley as our new restaurant columnist. His column – Let’s Eat will be found on our website. Bob Gourley has been reviewing restaurants for the past 30 years, both in print and on the radio. He also interviews chefs and restaurateurs each Sunday, 4 pm on KKVV 1060AM.
Great Barbecue: Rollin' Smoke
By: Bob Gourley
Where do you find great fall-off-the bone barbecue in the valley?
There are a lot of chains who either offer complete menus or nibble around the edges with just a few selections. But if you really want to sink your teeth into good ole' Southern "Q", take a trip to locally-owned Rollin Smoke Barbecue in Las Vegas with a vibe that is casual and comfortable.
Not only do they use custom rubs that bring out the flavors, but the slow cooking process ensures that everything that comes off the grill is tender and juicy. Since they do all of their smoking in the parking lot, you know it is fresh. That is not the case with some of the chain BBQ restaurants in the area that cook at central locations.
The "Smokin' Plates" menu gives you the best bang for the buck. A duo of meats that comes with a choice of brisket, pork, 1/4 chicken, two spare ribs or hot link is $10.99 and includes a side.
The Pit Special will feed a small army with four meats and three sides for $19.99. A half slab of baby back ribs is $17.99. Both a roll and a drink are included.
One of the benchmarks of a good BBQ restaurant is what they do with the side dishes. Most of these are memorable including the medium-hot Kicken Beans and Southern favorites like fried okra, hush puppies, loaded mashed potatoes and jalapeno coleslaw.
The yams should not be missed. They have just the right amount of sweetness. Of course Mac and Cheese is on the menu and this version has some hotness added for accent.
One of the real deals anywhere in town is the All You Can Eat Feast that is available every day, anytime for $24.99. Order anything on the menu and eat as much as you want.
Smokin' deals continue the theme well. Spudtastic ($8.99) features a huge potato that is filled with a choice of meat smothered in beans, cheese, sour cream and green onions.
Sometimes you just have to have a burger and they will accommodate you. The Outlaw is made with brisket, onion, bell pepper, onion strings, red cabbage slaw, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and chipotle aioli. Your group might also want to munch on BBQ Nacho Fries with meat, waffle fries and all of the trimmings.
When it comes time for dessert, their offerings read like a who's who of great American classics. One of the most popular is Mama's Banana Pudding. Southern peach or blackberry cobbler is also available along with a Blue Bell ice cream sundae or root beer float.
You may have seen the huge BBQ pit on wheels around town at various events. Not only can they handle a big crowd but the catering menu is filled with options for just about any size gathering. For instance the Super Sampler with ribs, chicken, brisket, pork, sausage and sides is $125.
If you haven't tried it, you should - soon.
Rollin Smoke Barbecue, Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. 3185 S. Highland Las Vegas (702) 836-3621. www.rollinsmokebarbecue.com.