‘You WILL get dirty.” That’s the friendly warning from Rik Carr, owner of The Home of Low & Slow. It’s an 80-seater barbecue joint and bar that promises a classic American barbecue menu of “big drippy wings”, pulled pork sliders and brisket, as well as a rotating selection of SA craft beers on tap.
The Brompton bar and diner is still a work in progress. The kitchen is still being built and a full liquor licence is still weeks away – so those cold craft beers aren’t guaranteed for a while. But the barrel smoker is in place and will be fired up every week.
Unusually, The Home of Low & Slow will also serve as a butcher shop – supplying hard-to-find high-quality cuts to both competition barbecue teams and the general public.
It is, Rik says, “a place to talk barbecue”.
Rik previously owned Adelaide Hills Beef and was a part-owner of Ellis Butchers in McLaren Vale.
“I was a butcher for over five years, but I got tired of selling mincemeat and chicken breast schnitzels,” he says.
“My passion led me towards the barbecuing scene, competing and sponsoring teams. I’ve always had in mind that I wanted to have a concept store where you can buy your meat, have a beer and taste some barbecued meats.
“I’ve got a meat display set up here now – and all the rubs and sauces are getting imported. I still sponsor barbecue guys, and now I’m able to supply all the things they need for competitions.”
Rik, who is pretty handy with a smoker himself, will serve a general menu on Thursdays and Fridays, including pulled pork sliders. On weekends the state’s best barbecue teams will come down and do a big barbecue platter.
On October 19 all six teams sponsored by Rik, including Porky Pits, Smoking Grillers and Texas Coleslaw Massacre will each put on a traditional barbecue platter, to be judged by the public.
A special house beer is in the works, which will be named after men’s mental health organis-ation SA Bothers and $1 from every beer sold will go to the non-profit association dedicated to reducing the stigma around men’s health.
Thu-Sun, 11am-9pm, 28 Hawker St, Brompton, facebook.com/thehomeoflownslow.com.au/