Can’t Stop Smokin’ serves affordable barbecue with rich flavor
August 20, 2018
By Mckayla Hull
Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ expanded into Mesa, taking the intimate route by opening a restaurant that’s cozier than its Chandler home.
“We picked the Mesa location because a lot of people in Gilbert and Mesa wanted us to be a little bit closer,” said manager Scott Toney of the location at University Drive and Lindsay Road. “This is in between the two.”
The restaurant specializes in freshly smoked meats and poultry, homemade side dishes, in-house baked pies, cobblers and cookies.
Toney said the location serves the same menu as the Can’t Stop Smokin’ food truck, including seven combo plates: one meat combo ($9.40), sandwich ($8.99), two boneless meats ($10.99), brisket and two ribs ($11.99), brisket plate ($12.99), four-rib plate ($12.99) and Sons of BBQ ($16.99). Each combo comes with two sides, a dinner roll or jalapeño cornbread and a drink.
Meat choices include sausage, pulled pork, chicken breast, carnitas and brisket. A la carte sides – potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese and baked beans – are $1.49.
Lunch features are the barbecue sandwich with chips and a drink for $7.99, or the kielbasa sausage link with roll and drink for $6.99.
“We want it to be an outstanding lunch venue as well as a late dinner,” he said.
Toney called Sons of BBQ its signature dish. It is a heaping plate of brisket, pulled pork and two ribs for $16.99. Carnitas and ribs dishes are “a really strong second.”
Families looking for affordable dinners may choose the barbecue picnic ($49.50) – 2 pounds of boneless meat, three medium sides, one medium cobbler and choice of bread. That serves a party of four.
Eight people can dine on the barbecue party platter for $79.90. For that, guests get one rack of spare ribs, 2 pounds of chicken breast, 1 pound of carnitas, three sausages, two big sides and choice of bread.
Toney said the restaurant is looking to expand its customer base to a younger crowd who may visit for lunch when they finish school. Can’t Stop Smokin’ is reaching out into the community by catering business events like those for the Tempe Autoplex, weddings and other get togethers.
“When we cater to big businesses, it lets people know we’re in the area and if we’re not in the area, we make sure people know where we are found,” Toney said.
“Having our name in those areas (Mercedes, Honda, Mini Cooper, etc.) brought us out to the masses a little quicker.”
The food truck is a perennial favorite, though, and one that is popular at Barrett-Jackson.
“We can pull the truck out and let the clients come to us when they’re ready,” he said. “That way the food is always hot and ready to go.”