Little Miss BBQ Brings Central Texas-Style BBQ to Phoenix. Go Now.
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Lauren Saria Ribs from Little Miss BBQ
Restaurant: Little Miss BBQ
Location: 4301 E. University Dr.
Open: About two weeks
Eats: Central Texas-style BBQ
Price: $10 to $15 a person
There aren't many places in this town where you have to wait in line, aside from the DMV or a food festival. But that's about to change, at least for those who want to get a taste of the 'cue down at Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix. They've been open for only about two weeks and have relied solely on word of mouth to bring in business.
So far, they've been opening their doors at 11 a.m. and selling out of everything in under two hours.
This lovely little piece of Texas 'cue comes courtesy of a competition BBQ team led by Scott and Bekke Holmes. Scott, who attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and the Little Miss team perfected their recipes at BBQ competitions all over the state -- and picked up a few tricks from hanging out at famous barbecue joints including Franklin BBQ and la Barbecue in Bekke's hometown of Austin -- before opening their own spot.
Everything at Little Miss is sold "meat market style," which means you pay by weight. You can order brisket, ribs, turkey, and more by the pound, or go for a plate of your favorite, which will come with two sides. There's also a short list of sandwich options, the most complicated of which is The Jefe ($9) that comes loaded with sausage, chopped brisket, sauce, cole slaw, and pickles. Sides -- including jalepeno cheddar grits, beans, and potato salad -- can be purchased by the pint ($4) or in a single serving size ($2).
For those interested in trying as much as possible, the two-meat plate ($14) is the best option. On the day we stopped in, we had a choice of the following meats: brisket, pork, pastrami, turkey, or housemade sausage.
You really should't skip the brisket, which is perfectly moist, smoky, and delicious. As Texas brisket should be, Little Miss' offers a flavorful crust and just the right amount of fat to ensure it nearly falls apart at the sight of a fork. They smoke their brisket for 11 hours -- and you'll know because you can smell it coming out of the large black smoker as soon as you step outside of your car.
Lauren Saria Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix.