11 Favorite Barbecue Joints in Greater Phoenix

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​Nearly every meat-eating American speaks the language of barbecue. From the backyard to the upscale restaurant to the hole-in-the-wall 'cue house, cooking meat with smoke and heat has become somewhat of an art form -- taking on various styles, techniques, and rituals around the globe.

Which is why it would be ridiculous to count down to a single favorite. So instead, we've compiled 11 'cue spots that make us smile -- even if that means our chins are covered with meat and sauce.

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- Bobby Q

This popular Phoenix staple right off the I-17 serves up its boatload of barbecue offerings amid antique signs, tin ceilings, and glass bottles in the walls. Featuring platters of baby back ribs, pulled pork, and sliced beef brisket in addition to a smoked prime rib and a "smoasted" (smoked and roasted) half-chicken, entrees are served up fast and hearty-like with two sides and cornbread. For the really hungry -- or those who want to share -- order up the Whole Hog Heaven with a choice of two ribs, two meats, and three sides.

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- Circle H Barbecue

A solid new addition to barbecue joints in Phoenix, this friendly spot from Copper Star Coffee owner Bill Sandweg features an array of barbecue styles and signature sauces from Sandweg's recipe book. The juicy pulled pork sandwich accompanied by a tangy and sweet sauce, the tender brisket, and the low- and slow-smoked barbecue chicken are the standouts. And don't miss sides like grilled seasonal veggies and mac and cheese.

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- The Barbecue Company Grill and Cafe

Featuring top-notch signature sauces like Free Range Red, Sweet Sonoran Heat, and Sweet Sassy Molassy, this longtime catering operation and 'cue spot in South Mountain (open only for lunch Monday through Friday) has been delivering traditional and nontraditional Southwest BBQ to its devoted fans for over 20 years. Choose from classics like St. Louis-style pork ribs, smoked chicken, and rib tips -- or order up the Q-Sampler plate for a taste of almost everything.

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- Town Talk II

This Creole-style 'cue house in Phoenix from father-and-son team Charles and Chris Rideau is a sequel to Louisiana native Burleigh "Papa" Rideau, Sr., who founded the original Town Talk (which closed in the '60s) near downtown in 1949. Family recipes of slow-cooked meats using mesquite wood and signature sauces fill the menu, with pulled pork, rib tips, and meaty spareribs as the clear standouts. Don't miss sides like homemade Creole fries and Bubba beans.

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- Andrew's BBQ

Phoenix native Andrew Vander Stoep says the secret to his 'cue at this Tempe restaurant and catering service is the cherry wood imported from Michigan's Upper Peninsula used to smoke his meats nice and slow. A meat-filled menu offers barbecue sandwiches, rib plates, and sampler plates done up with Stoep's signature sauces. And even baked potatoes and fries can be had "loaded," that is, topped with a choice of barbecued pork, chicken, or brisket.

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- Pork on a Fork

After years of brandishing their barbecue wares at farmers markets, owners Wes Hansen and Justin Erickson opened their tiny eatery in 2010 near Deer Valley Airport. Featuring all-natural, premium pork products from their family farm in Nebraska, Hansen and Erickson smoke their succulent meats competition style, meaning no gas, just pecan wood and charcoal. Don't miss the perfectly smoked brisket, pulled pork, and baby back ribs. And if it's prime rib night, oh boy.

Location Info

Bobby Q

8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Circle H Barbecue - CLOSED

730 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Barbecue Company Grill and Cafe

4636 S. 36th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Town Talk II

3509 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Andrew's BBQ

730 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pork on a Fork

1515 W. Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Texas BBQ House

5037 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

6130 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Joe's Real BBQ

301 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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20 comments
thecarguy1972
thecarguy1972

If you want the best brisket anywhere, hands down has to be Little Miss BBQ on 42nd/university, puts all others to shame. The place has a line 15 deep before they open and they are open til 4 but usually run out of food by 1-1:30.....

jenright1
jenright1

I Love Honey Bears.But I grew up in Kansas City where they have some of the Worlds best Barbeque restaurants such as Arthur Bryants,Jack Stack,Oklahoma Joe's and Gates so what do I know

Beefy
Beefy

McDonalds McRib!!!!

Mstails
Mstails

Dillon's is MY best recommendation for ribs.  They have never let me down on their portion or taste.  I cannot even imagine going anyplace else.

AllinAZguy
AllinAZguy

I have a lot of new places i need to check out now...love some BBQ!

SouthAustinHippie
SouthAustinHippie

I gotta give kudos to the BBQ Company on S. 36th St. I moved to PHX in 2001 and that place kept me sane for my 5 years of residency. In 2006 I moved back to Austin. When I come to PHX for business I always stop at the BBQ Company. He does brisket well.

IndytoAZ
IndytoAZ

where's Stacys ?  they are the best  in  my book !

wang
wang

Stacy's!

wang
wang

Tom's, lovejoy's

HEY
HEY

honeybear's?

Dharmon
Dharmon

Next time your in Town , stop by 24st & Roeser NE corner and try their brisket !! i have had both BBQ Company & Texas BBQ House , Texas BBQ House wins i my Book hands down

joe.distort
joe.distort

yeah, Stacys is definitely my favorite...ive got to try some of these others too

har
har

Honey bears is LAUGHABLE and a pitiful excuse for BBQ.  If you want 'cue that's flavorless and disgusting, then yeah, go there.

Ben
Ben

Put down the crack pipe, its making you delusional.

FahCue
FahCue

You used the word "'cue" so you MUST know what the fuck you're talking about!

BenDover
BenDover

Nice rebuttal dipshit.  Why don't you enlighten us on the excellence on a plate you *think* HB's is putting out, then we can see who is delusional.  Pro tip: you're gonna need a lot of sauce!

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