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Smoke BBQ Is 'Culmination' of a Lifelong Passion For Smoked Meats

By Kelly Church

Smoke BBQ is a Charleston, SC barbecue joint owned and operated by two brothers native to the area. Chef Roland Feldman says his entire life he's had a passion for smoked meats, even referring to himself as a campfire kid for his tendency to smoke whatever fresh meats he had available over a campfire during camping trips.

Feldman and his brother opened up Smoke BBQ and its corresponding food truck in June of 2015. The menu has everything a customer would want from a barbecue restaurant: wings, meat platters, ribs, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and more.

"While I adore all of our menu items, our signature sandwich selections are what we consider to the purely smoke style food," Feldman said. "I am very proud of this product."

The signature sandwich selections use house-cured meats that are brined, smoked, cooked and preserved in its own fat for the richest flavor. Customers can choose from chicken, pork, brisket, pastrami or beef sandwiches. House-made toppings include pickled jalapenos, sauerkraut, pickles, Russian dressing and pimento cheese.

There is also a traditional southern barbecue menu, which features meat platters with a choice of two sides. Customers having a hard time deciding what to get off the menu can try the Tommy B. Monster meat sampler, featuring a little bit of all Smoke BBQ's meats.

Feldman said when he and his brother opened the restaurant they had every intention of creating a richer, more colorful Charleston-style interpretation of barbecue food. Knowing it's common for chefs to reach a certain point in their career and burn out, Smoke BBQ was Feldman's way of avoiding that. Most then finish their career with big corporations as food representatives. He, however, didn't want to work like a slave for a company that didn't care about his long-term goals.

"Smoke BBQ has been the culmination of my life's culinary journey," Feldman said. "Creating a fun passion driven environment that truly cares about its staff is what drives me daily. We invest in potential and dreams and cherish every individual who crosses our path."

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