Walk down Fremont Street in Las Vegas and you’ll be greeted by the flashy lights of the hotels and casinos, the many gift shops and entertaining street performers, and countless food options to satisfy the hungry traveler. If you’ve worked up an appetite gambling at the D, Golden Gate, or soon-to-be Circa Resort in Downtown Las Vegas, try out some of the amazing food that this desert city has to offer. Nothing quite satisfies hunger like some good ol’ Carolina BBQ! Enter Project BBQ, a permanent food truck serving up Southern classics and gourmet smoked meats.
Conceptualized by Chef Rex Bernales, along with partners Rob Baker, Mo Pierce and Steve Hamlin, this local spot all started with a dream to build a better BBQ and the favorite cuisine is a huge part of the founders’ culture. Chef Rex is leading the mission and his culinary experience spans from the Pacific Rim to the Carolinas. In his own unique way, he has taken everything he’s learned and developed new, modern ways to grill.
Situated on Circa’s exterior, the Project BBQ Las Vegas food truck will spill out onto the Fremont Street Experience with a built-in “backyard” for communal gathering to make you feel like you’re right in your buddy’s yard for a barbecue. Dine on picnic tables and sip on cocktails from Circa’s Fremont Street Experience bar as you enjoy spectacular light shows from Viva Vision overhead and live music from surrounding concert stages.
To Project BBQ, there are no boundaries when it comes to BBQ and its flavors (but don’t worry, the team still pays homage to traditional methods!). Using the highest quality of meat, including Certified Angus Beef, pulled brisket, pork, chicken, and more. Along with premium meat, the bold spices of Project BBQ boast some of the strongest flavors in the neighborhood. You definitely won’t want to miss their signature “Garbage Bowl” – the meal after a night out in Vegas.
Making Fremont Street their home in March of 2017, Project BBQ has been nothing short of a success as their 3-year anniversary approaches. How did this world of BBQ begin, you might ask? Brought to the desert by 4 guys with big dreams, barbecue is not just a cuisine, it’s a culture and defines a lifestyle.
Chef Rex leads the BBQ team by also bringing with him years of culinary experience and a diverse expertise in the world of BBQ, from the Pacific Rim all the way to the Carolinas, and not forgetting about Las Vegas in the middle. Upon developing this Las Vegas food truck, Chef Rex incorporated new and modern ways to bring the BBQ flavor to the desert, while also keeping the original BBQ style. When you stop by Project BBQ for a meal you can expect the highest quality meat, unique spices that develop the best tasting flavors, and an extensive menu to choose from!
In true food truck form, Project BBQ offers a simple, but delicious menu for their guests to browse upon. First, you choose your meat, whether that be the brisket, pulled chicken, or pulled pork. All three meats available on the menu are smoked in true BBQ style and seasoned to perfection, making it hard for guests to pick just one! Once you decide what you’re craving, the chosen protein is added to a french roll sandwich bun and topped with “truck made” coleslaw. Don’t forget to top off your meal with a side of homemade potato chips for the perfect lunch or dinner meal.
If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, but you’re still looking to get your BBQ fix, indulge in Chef Rex’s signature dish, the “Garbage Bowl.” The Garbage Bowl is a Frankenstein dish that Chef Rex created to satisfy all the taste buds at once. This BBQ creation consists of a handful of Project BBQ’s famous potato chips, covered with a portion of each meat available. All of this is then topped off with their tangy Carolina BBQ sauce, beer & cheese sauce, and don’t forget about the coleslaw and applewood smoked bacon to finish it off! Is your mouth watering yet?
Now that you know where it’s located, who brought it to the city, and what to order, it’s time to make your way over to the Project BBQ truck to find out for yourself just how delicious this Las Vegas food hub is. Make sure you grab a cold drink at the D Bar, LONGBAR, Vue Bar, and the upcoming BarCanada® located at the D Hotel Las Vegas before enjoying one of the best meals you’ll have while staying in Las Vegas.