- Matthew Schniper
Rolling Smoke BBQ, rollingsmokebbq.co
From the moment I enter the wider Stanley Marketplace, my nose guides me to Rolling Smoke’s kiosk, where barbecue aromas pour out with an assurance of meat handled correctly. The business started as a food truck five years ago, growing into this Aurora spot in 2017 and a second location in 2018 in Centennial.
The ownership boasts their Southern and Oklahoman roots for legitimacy, but the only thing necessary to convince us is the badass beef brisket and Kansas City-style burnt ends on which we’re feasting, ogling fatty bites and savoring the deep sexy smoke essence of a hickory and pecan blend.
A two-meat plate with two sides runs a fair $14.75, and truly it’s superlative ‘Q — even simple sides of collard greens and coleslaw best most in the marketplace. ‘Nuff said.