When Michelle Lowe tells you "I’m from Texas. We do everything big," she’s not kidding. The born-and-bred Lone Star and her husband Darrell are gearing up to launch Rollin Q, a food truck inspired by their southern roots.
Rollin Q is indeed a sight to behold. There’s a custom wood smoker on the back (see below) for prepping the meats in Darrell’s signature barbecue, cooked low and slow. If the truck looks longer than others you’ve seen, it’s because it is. The Lowes tagged on an additional two and a half feet so they could build their own restroom. (The health department stipulates mobile operators must have a restroom readily accessible for employees. Operators typically work out agreements with nearby businesses but again, the Lowes like to do it up.) The truck, custom built in Texas, also has the makings of a commercial kitchen.
When asked about the menu, Lowe rattled off a long list of items: fried chicken (and fried chicken and waffles), beef brisket, ribs, bread pudding, peach cobbler, chili, and "big ass" baked potatoes stuffed with meat, to name just a few. Obviously offerings will rotate depending on the day but the barbecue will remain a constant. Everything’s from scratch: "If we could grow our lemons we would," says Michelle.
Darrell, also a Texas native and a seasoned kitchen vet there, is handling the cooking and Michelle the baking. Look for Rollin Q and its epic smoker later this month.