In the world of truly great barbecue, Phoenix may be Texas or Memphis, but the Valley of the Sun does not disappoint when it comes to bold, smokey barbecue infused with authentic Southwestern flavors. Whether you prefer to enjoy a brisket wearing a cloth bib at an upscale roadhouse, or you prefer the nothing-fancy attitude of a traditional rib joint, Phoenix offers barbecue fans a little of everything.
Our number one pick is Town Talk II Barbecue, an unassuming rib house featuring Creole-style cooking and a secret house sauce that is rumored to go back generations. For some of the highest-quality barbecue in town, head straight to Pork on a Fork, our number three pick, where the meat is imported from Nebraska.
Can't decide whether you like your barbecue sauce tangy, sweet, or with a slight vinegar zing? Head over to KB Smokehouse & BBQ on the west side of town, where the chefs have perfected a barbecue sauce that is decidedly "non-regional," combining the best barbecue sauce flavors from across the country to create something uniquely Arizonan.
Finally, for some down-home, Southern-style barbecue that does not disappoint, don't miss Honey Bear's BBQ or Stacy's Smokehouse, our number eight and nine picks, respectively. You won't come here for the atmospheric lighting or snazzy decor, but you will stay (and come again) for the tender, juicy brisket, spare ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches.
1515 West Deer Valley Road
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301 N Gilbert Rd
2827 East Bell Road
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4636 South 36th Street
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2824 North Central Avenue
(east side of Central Avenue)
1650 East Indian School Road
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12725 W. Indian School Rd., #A-102