ELV will give you this: Big Paul’s smelled right (nice and smokey) and (according to Calvin Trillin) he’s the right color (from the glimpse we caught of him).
He’s also fairly large, so there’s truth in advertising there too.
One of our Facebook friends swore by the brisket, but we found it too lean for our tastes and a bit dry — although the Burger Maven loved it. It’s also served in a more chunky-than-sliced-style, but was plenty tender and there was a ton of it. (One thing you won’t complain about here are the portion sizes.)
The pork was more chopped than pulled, but was sweet and juicy and obviously cooked with care. The buns were fresh (unforgivably, not always the case in barbecue joints), and the sauces (both the jalapeno and regular), tomato-based and plenty peppery.
We even liked the coleslaw.
ELV just realized as he was writing this that Big Paul is the same cook he discovered way down in the south end of town (near the South Point Hotel and Casino), over four years ago. We figured this out by looking at this video of his operation:
He apparently left those obscure digs for a year in Africa, then returned to open a joint on West Flamingo — where he was equally incognito. Let’s hope his new location will bring him many a happily-sated and smoked customer. The dude can cook.
ELV’s lunch for two came to $27, including a $5 tip.
BIG PAUL’S BBQ
3025 E. Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV