Chef Edmar Simoes has truly learned the art of North Carolina barbecue. The Brazil native and former Sauceman’s Pit Master is opening up his own down-home barbecue joint called Ed’s BBQ.
“I am in the process of finalizing things to open my own space,” Simoes told CharlotteFive. “My main goal is to work for myself and to continue to provide my customers with food that they enjoy.”
Edmar’s barbecue technique is self-taught — the process came easily for him. He got his start in Brazil, cooking alongside his mother.
American barbecue and Brazilian barbecue techniques are very similar, he said. “It’s all about the fire and smoking the meat just right to bring out good flavor.”
Parting from Sauceman’s
The East Boulevard restaurant announced a few months ago that it would be relocating to Sugar Creek Brewing in Lower South End.
It was after that announcement that Edmar, who has been pit master for five years, decided to go his own way. “I really want to be my own boss and do what I know the customers will really like.”
According to Edmar, the new location of Sauceman’s plans to add several new menu options that aren’t on brand with what the company originally became known for.
Thus, he’s planning to step in and fill that void for fans who enjoy the barbecue and sauces they know and love.
What to expect at Ed’s BBQ
As Edmar prepares to open his latest venture, he is experimenting through his food truck, Passport Dough, typically parked at Unknown Brewing.
As far as his new space, it will be small and simple. Sauceman’s sauce fans, you have nothing to fear: Edmar’s famous homemade sauces will be available at Ed’s BBQ.
Order St. Louis style ribs, brisket, pulled chicken and more in quantities of half-pound or pound.
Sandwiches and entree plates, complete with sides, will also be available.
To keep things fresh, he’ll prepare mac and cheese, baked beans and red slaw daily. For those who are vegetarian or vegan, he will have a daily item just for you, too.
Catering may be added later — then, you’ll be able to order your favorite barbecue dishes for company and family events. Or at least, you can say that’s what it’s for and eat it every day for a week instead.
Ed’s BBQ will start out with lunch only; 11 a.m. until sold out. Extended hours will be added down the road.
The official location has not been announced, but here’s a hint: it will be very close to Old Meck Brewery in Lower South End.