Need a Meat-Smoking Sidecar? Call ‘American Chopper’!
The mind of Andrew Fischel, the brash young owner of RUB barbecue, never seems to rest. The last time we looked, he was opening up a giant spinoff in Vegas, and had retooled the New York branch with the loudest neon sign this side of Times Square. Now Fischel has engaged the guys at Orange County Chopper to create a customized “RUB Chopper” with a working smoker as its sidecar. “We’re creating the most kick-ass mobile barbecue vehicle ever made,” Fischel says. “It costs as much as a Bentley.”
The chopper, which will be the focus of an American Chopper episode to be aired next season, will make its public debut on August 8 at Sturgis Bike Week, the so-called “Biker Woodstock” held every summer in North Dakota. Lead singer Josey Scott of the heavy-metal band Saliva, the last person in the world you would imagine to be a bosom pal of the nerdy Fischel, will unveil the chopper to the world, and it will then make its way to Las Vegas for the opening of the new RUB. “We’re going to have motorcycles, barbecue, and rock and roll,” the reedy restaurateur tells us. “What else could you want?” We’d settle for the barbecue.
It’s Not a Motorcycle, Baby. It’s a Mobile Barbecue Pit.
When we heard that RUB was commissioning Orange County Chopper, of American Chopper fame, to make a mobile barbecue pit, we thought it was a pretty cool idea. We expected it to be a novelty, like a two-headed kitten or the world’s largest ball of string. Nothing prepared us for the mind-numbing coolness of the actual RUB Chopper: The restaurant’s owner, Andrew Fischel, correctly characterizes as “the sickest, baddest thing in the world.”
We had some doubts, too, about the utility of the thing: Was it really that good of an idea to have what amounts to a giant wood oven inches from a gas tank? But the RUB guys have already cooked ribs, brisket, and pork butt on it, and they aren’t dead yet. When asked if it was dangerous, Fischel replied breezily, “I don’t know. No one’s ever built one of these before.” Let’s hope we don’t find out the hard way.
RUB BBQ TO UNVEIL ITS ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPER BIKE ON CBS’ “THE EARLY SHOW” , AUGUST 18
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 06:00:07 -0700 (PDT)
RUB BBQ to Unveil Its Orange County Chopper Bike
To The Nation on CBS’ “The Early Show”
This Saturday, August 18
Restaurant revs up to open second location October 5 inside the
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino® in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (August 16, 2007) – The highly-acclaimed RUB BBQ is hitting
the road to unveil the restaurant’s brand new Orange County Chopper bike on
CBS’ “The Early Show” this Saturday, August 18 at 8 a.m. EDT (5 a.m. PDT).
Check local listings for details.
The “Hog” decked out in black and flames has its very own barbecue
smoker sidecar designed by David Klose of bbqpits.com. It features 124”
H&L motor with a Black Backer 6-speed and OCC Chrome bars in drag style.
The bike can reach up to 100 mph and grill up to 20 racks of ribs.
During “The Early Show” segment this Saturday, RUB BBQ’s Chef Paul Kirk,
aka The Kansas City Baron of Barbecue, will heat things up live for the
barbecue connoisseur on the run. He’ll showcase specialty menu items,
including Burnt Ends, smoked twice until crispy and lightly sauced and
he’ll throw some ribs on the sidecar grill while demonstrating some of the
restaurant’s specialty rubs.
RUB is scheduled to open its newest location inside the Rio All-Suite
Hotel & Casino® in Las Vegas on October 5. This will be the restaurant’s
second location outside of the New York original and will be located on the
second level of the Masquerade Village. RUB BBQ will serve lunch and
dinner seven days a week and will feature live bands and entertainment on
About RUB BBQ/Chef Paul Kirk
The original RUB BBQ opened in New York in 2005 by Andrew Fischel, an
ex-student and now partner of Executive Chef Paul Kirk. Chef Paul is
recognized as one of the most accomplished barbecue chefs and pitmasters in
the world. He is the recipient of 425 cooking awards, including champion
of the American Royal Open (the largest barbecue competition in the world)
and seven World Barbecue Championships. In 1990, Chef Paul was inducted
into the Barbecue Hall of Fame and has been named numerous times to the
Julia Child BBQ Team of Ten. In addition to his competitions and
prestigious awards, Chef Paul conducts The Baron’s School of Pitmasters, a
truly international school, which has held classes across the United
States, Ireland, Canada, South Korea and Switzerland.
About Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino®
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is a Harrah’s Entertainment resort. The
Rio offers guests a unique all- suite hotel experience. Complete with 2,563
all-suite hotel rooms, the property overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip,
one block west on Flamingo Road. The Rio is the home of Vegas’ most popular
free show – Masquerade Show in the Sky performing nightly. A sand beach
surrounds the edge of the Rio’s tropical lagoon, complete with waterfalls,
four nautical-shaped swimming pools, and five Jacuzzi-style spas. The Rio
boasts 16 dining outlets, three lounges, two performance theatres (Penn &
Teller Theater and the Chippendales Theater), Spa/Health Club/Steam
Room/Beauty Salon, 23 retail outlets, five swimming pools, nine luxury
Palazzo Suites and three nightclubs.