Below is a list of the top and leading BBQ Restaurants in Phoenix. To help you find the best BBQ Restaurants located near you in Phoenix, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Phoenix’s Best BBQ Restaurants:
The top rated BBQ Restaurants in Phoenix, AZ are:
- Little Miss BBQ-University – uses prime beef sourced from a single rancher
- Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurant & Steakhouse – offers barbecue fare unlike any other
- NakedQ BBQ – wants you to feel like you are at home
- JL Smokehouse – provides an experience like no other
- HEK Yeah BBQ – is a family-owned barbecue restaurant
Little Miss BBQ-University
Little Miss BBQ-University is built around providing their idea of amazing central Texas-style barbecue and to be the best part of your day. They use labor-intensive techniques using Arizona white oak, pecan, pistachio, and mesquite firewood in smokers that they designed using all of their knowledge about what it takes to create amazing barbecue.
Little Miss BBQ-University uses prime beef sourced from a single rancher whom they believe creates the best-tasting beef in the US. The barbecue is served meat market style which is deli-style where you can order as much or as little as you like or for simplicity, they offer plates and sandwiches.
Little Miss BBQ-University line and service move a little slower this way but they believe you deserve to see the meat being sliced in front of you by people that want you to get the very best.
Menu, Take-Out, Pre-Order
“They have an automatic stemming system as well, it is the cooldown atmosphere and swept all the Smokey smell. Food delicious, service is very nice and friendly. It really needs to come at u stay in Phoenix. It is value for any penny u spend (my drive said so) I agreed.” – Vivian L.
Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurant & Steakhouse
Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurant & Steakhouse is sure to offer barbecue fare unlike any other. The starters will whet your appetite and the desserts will satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings, but the barbecue is the showstopper. Invigorated by his trips, Sikora began a new endeavor – to bring great steaks and real BBQ to Phoenix. It was opened in 2005 at the former site of Bobby McGee’s, offering a culmination of barbeque favorites.
Additionally to his extensive barbecue research mixed with his culinary expertise, the secret behind Bobby Q’s barbeque lies within the slow cooking process over Almond and Mesquite wood paired with the perfect blend of spices found in the special dry rub for the meat, as performed by barbeque master, Executive Chef Mark Hittle.
Menu, Order Online, Catering, Reservations, Gift Cards
“Food was great, service was absolutely amazing. We had a great time. Their shoestring fries are great!! The cornbread is delicious. It’s a little pricey but it’s delicious and the portions are good. If you’re looking for a place to go for a nice dinner with your significant other, I’d recommend this place.” – Sam S.
NakedQ BBQ wants you to feel like you are at home, wherever home is. That is why their mission is to give you the freedom to eat the BBQ you love. Rewind back before the birth of NakedQ, Pitboss Oren traveled all over the country and ate a lot of BBQ. From their North Carolina-style vinegar sauce to South Carolina mustard sauce to traditional sweet or spicy sauces you can choose to enjoy it, the way you love it because BBQ is as American as apple pie.
Menu, Catering, Dine-In, Curbside Pickup
“The ribs were tender and full of flavor as was the brisket. I could taste that the potato salad was made with fresh ingredients. The Mac and cheese was delicious and creamy. The cookie was big and good flavor. The only disappointment was the bread. Not very flavorful. Will definitely be back again!” – Brandon P.
JL Smokehouse provides an experience like no other. They believe that their food is transforming the barbeque industry. All of their meats are cook over woods for many hours to create an old fashion taste that will make you holla. Let them cater your next event and you will experience their down-home cooking for yourself.
You will never forget this experience. You’ll be calling them back for all of your catering needs. JL Smokehouse would be honored to provide their services for your next event. Every event is tailored to your tastes and needs, to provide the best experience possible for you and your guests.
Menu, Drinks, Specials, Catering, Events, Party, Gift Cards
“Great food. Worth the wait. I wish I would have taken photos, but I was hungry and too satisfied to pick my phone up. You know what they say though? Good things are worth waiting for. Now I just need to plan another trip to go back. Move to Minnesota please?” – Allen R.
HEK Yeah BBQ
HEK Yeah BBQ is situated in North Phoenix, they are a family-owned barbecue restaurant. They may or may not have been referred to as a hole in the wall, but they like to think of it as well-loved. HEK Yeah BBQ was established in 2013 but owner Kenny has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
In efforts to bring Phoenix some good old-fashioned cooking. Stop in for some barbecue classics like baby back ribs, pulled pork, mouth-watering brisket, or if you are lucky you might catch them on a day where they are creating something totally new.
Menu, Specials, Catering, Events
“Best BBQ we’ve ever had. Burnt ends, pulled pork, ribs, all were amazing. Sweet tea was excellent and a huge glass with free refills!! Do not pass this place up. To top it off a home made cookie bowl with fresh vanilla ice cream! To die for!” – Jay M.
Shera Elliott graduated from the New Mexico State University with a major in biology and a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior & Health Care Management. Shera grew up in Los Angeles, but moved to Las Cruces for college. Shera has written for several major publications including the Albuquerque Journal and NPR. Shera is a community reporter and also covers stories important important to all Americans.