Chandler's Great American BBQ and Beer Festival: The Good and the Not-So-Good

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Ando Muneno
Montana Q

Chandler's annual BBQ bash suffered from some initial missteps but rallied to deliver the meat + fire = delicious equation we so crave.

Saturday's noon opening time was pushed back by nearly 30 minutes, reportedly because of problems with the fire department vetting all the vendors (or because security discovered someone trying to bring in a gun, if you believed some of the hushed voices in our line).

Further, due to a lack of signage, people tended to unnecessarily bottleneck in various places. More on that later. But once inside, the venue was large enough to accommodate vendors of all sorts and a sea of hungry BBQ lovers.

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Ando Muneno
Montana Q's Asian inspired BBQ was one of the best things we put in our face.
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TJ York admires his Raging Cajun Smoking Barbecue pulled pork loaded potato.
The Good:
The soul-sucking lines at food festivals can be an exercise in madness, but thankfully not at this BBQ festival. While we were there, lines rarely took more than a couple minutes to queue through. Even better, there were plenty of vendors so it was possible to just move on to another eatery and loop back to check on busy ones later. Unlike some festivals, virtually all of the vendors here offered a $2-5 sample or a sample plate. Not only did this appeal to those of us trying for a smorgasbord of BBQ, but the ease of slapping some brisket or pulled pork into a sampler kept the lines moving.

Of course, the most important thing is the food, and here the Great American BBQ Festival delivered in spades. Both local and national BBQ professionals were represented, and all of the barbecue we sampled was excellent. Our favorite was Montana Q, whose rib tips were buttery soft and smothered in a spicy and faintly fruity sauce.


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Hector Jaime Acuna
Hector Jaime Acuna

You call this a bad review? Don't be such BBQ sissies. And really NewTimes? Bad trash can arrangement? Here's my biggest complaint about this piece. I read it, and now I'll never get those 5 minutes back. But seriously folks, these are festivals for the masses. Not only are you not going to get the best BBQ you've ever had, you're not going to get a rich "BBQ experience."   

joe.distort
joe.distort

the service was great and moved quick, but there was so much overlap in taste and menu offerings that a lot of did in fact blend together. im sure there were a lot of vendors who would be great neighborhood spots that i would love to frequent, but lined up all in a row was a bit of overkill.

Guest
Guest

"The Not So Good"Really? After that fucking nightmare of a food truck festival New Times threw, they have NO business criticizing another festival. Here you nitpick every little problem with the Chandler festival, but you whitewashed your own fucking disaster. What's next, Stephen Lemons running a drophouse? Hypocrisy sucks.

Ando Muneno
Ando Muneno

My only regret is that I had but one stomach to fill. I would have loved to destroy one of those pulled pork potato things. 

SunDevilRick
SunDevilRick

"They nitpick every little problem"? Are you kidding? Poor signage and over priced beer are problems. And the lack of Brisket samples was Sad. Montana Q was one of the few places that offered whole rib samples and their whole rib was poorly trimmed and included the fatback, which was not tasty at all! This review was relatively nice sir, you are either a worker at the event or a friend cause only one of those two groups would be offended by this review.

Pat Thompson
Pat Thompson

I would love to serve you 1 of my pulled pork potato. 

Ando Muneno
Ando Muneno

I'm glad I was not the only one who wanted more brisket.  

Guest
Guest

That's the piece I'm referring to. I went back and re-read it, since you went to the trouble of including it in your post, and I stand by my opinion. That was a whitewash; this was a rip. And you are correct - they were the sponsors, not the organizers. It's still way more biased than this piece.

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