Great “Q” in the Arts District: Soulbelly BBQ


It is always a good sign when you see a meat smoker just outside a BBQ restaurant’s entrance. Especially when it is one built from old propane tanks and beer kegs.

For anyone who has tasted BBQ in Central Texas the smoker at Soulbelly BBQ will bring back memories. The wood smoke aromas just outside the entrance will also get you in the mood.

Bruce Kalman is the Founder/Chef and his background is impressive. He started cooking at the tender age of 13 at his family’s pizzeria.

After stints in Los Angeles at Misfit and The Churchill he took his considerable skills to Vegas. He loves the teamwork and camaraderie of the kitchen.

Soulbelly is more than just a place to taste great BBQ. They also have a large selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails plus live entertainment as well.

 “From the Pit” is the section that lists the meats smoked daily. Patrons can buy either half or full pounds. Brisket, bourbon glazed pork belly, pulled pork, spareribs and turkey are also featured.

Hatch Chile and Cheddar Pork Hot Links plus Alabama White BBQ Chicken Legs are available. For those who want to shun meat order try the smoked portobellos with chimichurri sauce.

They offer a one meat combo that includes a side and a drink. Also on the menu is a larger plate that is fit for a small group.

A creative list of sandwiches will satisfy any connoisseur of meat. The Belly of Soul is a combination of smoked brisket, fried egg, cheese sauce, pickled onions, sauce, and crispy BBQ onions. There is also a smoked burger with ground brisket, American cheese and pickles.

How about a cheese sandwich with a special twist? This edition is made with cheddar and hot sweet pepper relish sitting between pieces of Texas toast. All sandwiches come with a side and tasty pickles.

Great BBQ places have impressive sides and that is the case here. Creamy Coleslaw is available along with a very silky mac and cheese. Potato salad, Texas ranch beans and roasted broccoli are other choices.

They also offer a Caesar salad loaded with black pepper croutons and chopped romaine. Loaded BBQ fries will keep the whole table occupied and smoked nachos are great for those who want a little spice.

Desserts are worth the calories, especially the banana pudding that is silky with a smooth finish. Cheesecake and chocolate hazelnut pudding are also ready for meal finishing touches.

House cocktails are enticing like the Pink Pigeon with Mi Campo Blanco Tequila, Pamplemousse liquor, Fever Tree pink grapefruit soda and lime wheel. Bacon Ol’ Fashioned is a new take on a classic with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, orange bitters, smoked maple syrup, candied bacon strip and orange twist. Seasonal house sangria is also ready to be poured.

Some have described the brisket as the best they have tasted since visiting Texas. Who am I to argue? Check it out. You will no doubt agree.

Soulbelly BBQ, Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1327 South Main St. Las Vegas. (702) 483-4404.

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