Kelvin’s Hot Wings & Grill Vs. Kelvin’s Bar-B-Q On Wheels

Posted by on April 12, 2017

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Check back in the future for a full review. If you’d like to read more about it sooner, comment to let me know. Until then, don’t miss my Quick-Fire Guide below. Also check out full reviews and Quick-Fire Guides of other bbq restaurants from my BBQ Guide.

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Here are a few notes about the ‘que:


  • Rib Tips-The rib tips from the food truck where slightly more tender than I prefer, but I wouldn’t call them tough.
  • Shoulder-The pork shoulder sandwich from the restaurant (whose name later changed to Hibbler’s) didn’t resemble anything like pork shoulder for barbecue. The texture was very firm and reminded me of an overcooked pork chop.


  • Ribs Tips-The rib tips from the food truck had nice charcoal smoke flavor, but a detected a slight charcoal fluid flavor.
  • Shoulder-The pork shoulder sandwich from the restaurant (whose name later changed to Hibbler’s) had no smoke flavor whatsoever. The moment I took the first bite, I predicted their closing. The restaurant didn’t last long under either name.

Sauce-The sauce from the food truck was a standard thick, sweet and tangy sauce. The sauce from the restaurant was slightly sweet, but lacked enough tanginess for my taste. The men I spoke with at both the food truck and the restaurant claimed to be related to Kelvin of the original Kelvin’s BBQ and Hot Wings, whose Frayser restaurant closed before I made it there for a visit. Despite both men claiming to be using the original Kelvin’s bbq sauce recipe, they were both noticeably different.

Thanks for visiting my Memphis bbq blog! Comments, rants, raves, disagreements and downright bbq feuds are welcome below. Tim Shirley

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