71: Brisket at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

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Number 71: Brisket at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue


Chef Bryan Dooley has truly found his mojo.

Although he's capable of seducing you with fine dining (he worked at the upscale Fairmont Scottsdale before opening his own restaurant), these days he works his magic with meat, smoke, and utter dedication.

The beef brisket at his funky Cave Creek spot -- where you can also dig in to ribs, pulled pork, and killer chicken -- is out of this world (and feels even more so if you're making the drive from downtown Phoenix, but it's well worth it). He starts with Harris Ranch certified black angus brisket and lets it slowly turn into succulent, meaty bliss by bathing it in hot pecan smoke for 12 to 14 hours. The result is something so moist, flavorful, and primally delicious that you might not even bother with homemade sauce. (If you do, though, you'll be to a delicious tangy kick.)


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93: Peking Duck at Gourmet House of Hong Kong
94: Mozzarella Sandwich at Pane Bianco
95: Egg White Omelette at Fez
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Location Info

Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

6130 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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