904 South Sunbury Road, Near North Road and Hoover Dam (between Classic Pizza and Old Dutchman Bait and Tackle)
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 11AM-7PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM
(Open April to October, catering the rest of the year)
Slabadabado on the web
Finding good BBQ in Columbus can feel a bit like the quest for for the holy grail. More often than not, the best BBQ is found on a cafe de wheels with a smoker in use or nearby. The second I pulled into smelling range of Slabadabado I knew I made a good decision.
The trailer has a small menu which focuses on the basics. Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches and ribs. The sides include classic BBQ sidekicks: baked beans, green beans, Collard Greens, Mac & Cheese, Cole slaw and French Fries. You can get a fish sandwich and chicken fingers as well.
The crew at Slabadabado know their ‘cue with years of experience behind smokers and grills. They cater on the off season. In my experience the best food comes from cooks with nicknames and Slabadabado delivers here too. Uncle Fred is proud of his fare and his fresh made sauces. Fred has four sauces to choose from – mild, spicy, mixed and Frank’s (which seems to have a strongs Frank’s Hot Sauce flavor and aroma to it).
Both sandwiches and all of the sides have been sampled. The buns are fresh, lightly steamed kaiser rolls which serve as a great base for BBQ and sauce. The brisket is perfectly cooked with just enough fat for flavor but not so much to be greasy. The pulled pork was close to award winning as well. All of the sides were pleasing to the palate. The baked beans get some extra points for having big chunks of bacon and a mix of beans (kidney, red? and black). All in all you can have a great meal for $10 or less. There are a few tables at the bait store where you can sit down to eat if needed or your can motor up to Hoover Dam to eat by the water. This BBQ is worth the drive.
Another item of note, to the point of being very noteworthy, this mobile vendor takes credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover).