Mesa residents now have one fewer option for pulled pork, brisket, and racks of ribs -- 5 Star BBQ & Grill has shuttered.
The 'cue joint, owned by Jim and Joanne Hauer, who started 5 Star as a barbecue-focused catering company in 2009, opened in a former Taco Bell on Country Club Drive, just north of Mesa's Main Street, in September of last year.
The Hauer's smoked meats did not follow a particular barbecue style. Rather, they incorporated an assortment of rubs, injections, and sauces made from fresh ingredients. Meats were slow-smoked using the flavor of hardwoods such as pecan, apple, and cherry. Sauces were offered on the side. More »