Yes, Wednesday, May 1 is Customer Appreciation Day! What does it all mean? It means we want to thank our awesome customers for their patronage by opening our doors and serving as many free meals as we can. How does it work? We’ll be open from 11am to 3pm, close for a bit then open our doors at 4pm and serve until we run out of food. We highly recommend being in line no later than 7pm. We’ll definitely have closed up shop by 8pm. Come on down. We look forward to meeting you.
Sam Ott from Lutz’s in Missouri offers up his thoughts on places to go for great BBQ when on the road… Thanks to Sam for his kindness in sharing some tips!
The faithful Arizona BBQ lovers that are on the road or looking to travel, who want to experience the many great tastes of barbecue, can take refuge in some of the most well-known cities that reign supreme for barbecue.
1. Kansas City, MO
Arizona BBQ fans will love the KC-style. It’s most known for its meats to be prepared traditionally, smoked slowly over wood pits and complemented with thick tomato and molasses-based sauces. The KC-style doesn’t stop there, though.
One reason Kansas City barbecue is so great and loved by the masses is the assortment it offers with its meats and the methods of preparation. Any disbeliever will find faith in the KC Style because its barbecue is truly eclectic. The most famous barbecue dish from Kansas City is the burnt ends, but much of KC-style’s credit also goes to its sweet, spicy and tangy sauces.
The city itself is also popular and well-recognized from the entire BBQ scene across the nation for its community involvement. It hosts The World Series of Barbecue at the American Royal. If you’re passing through Kansas City in September or October of this year, don’t be a stranger. Visit the world’s largest barbecue competition.
2. Memphis, TN
Memphis-style barbecue is a southern style based around the pig’s entirety, but primarily the shoulder and ribs. Its ribs are known to be delicious either “wet” or “dry”. Their sauces are tomato and vinegar-based and thinner than the KC-style allowing it to cook well into meats.
Memphis is also great for tourism and BBQ events. It hosts the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest every year. It is considered to be the world’s largest pork barbecue contest.
3. Lexington, NC
Lexington has created its own style of barbecue, one that revolves around its tangy and sweet vinegar and tomato-based sauces and its slow smoked pork shoulder over a wood pit.
Lexington-style barbecue is famous for its barbecue coleslaw, which is topped on its sliced or chopped meat sandwiches, unless requested otherwise. The sweet and tangy sauce and barbecue coleslaw complements the pork sandwiches perfectly. Come take a gander and find out why they claim to be the Barbecue Capital of the World (one of many cities who claim to be the BBQ Capital of the World).
4. Columbia, SC
South Carolina is home to all four types of barbecue sauces, but they are primarily known for their mustard-base sauces, which are based on the state’s German heritage and are thick, sweet and sour.
Columbia rests in the heart of South Carolina and is part of the middle region, The Mustard Belt, which stretches down to the state’s southern border. The locals are fans of the BBQ buffets that many of the local restaurants offer. These buffets are conjoined with a wide variety sides and barbecue chicken.
5. Lockhart, TX
Central Texas-style BBQ that’s oak coal-smoked and doesn’t normally use barbecue sauce. When barbecue sauce is seen on a plate, it’s usually mixed to form a tomato and vinegar-based sauce. The reason for such a rarity of barbecue sauce is because the attention is all on the quality of the meat. The meats are succulent and tender and Texans find no need for sauce.
Central Texas-style BBQ stretches up to Austin and to other surrounding areas, but Lockhart is the center of the BBQ scene in Central Texas.
Many other cities and states exist outside of Arizona that offer their own flavors, distinct qualities and special sauces and methods, but these 5 cities capture the four essential regional BBQ styles the U.S. has to offer; Kansas City-style, Memphis-style, Texas-style and the Carolinas-style. Any Arizona BBQ lover is bound to find a style, flavor or sauce that suits their fancies, no matter how faithful they may be to the Arizona-style.
About the Author
Sam Ott writes for Lutz’s BBQ in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO. Lutz’s offers a wide variety of styles and sauces, but no matter what the taste, it’s guaranteed to be smokin’ delicious. Visit their website to find out about their award-winning sauces and smoked meats.
While Tuesday, January 20, 1998 seems like such a short time ago, the reality is that since our first customer (Greg Tilque) handed our smiling cashier his money for a sandwich about 11:05 in the morning, 5,479 days have sped past. Sincere thanks go out to our employees and customers as we celebrate 15 years of service. Our commitment as we celebrate our 15th anniversary is to be just as clean, friendly and delicious going forward. Joe, Tad, Tim
We say goodbye to our seasonal friend the monster sweet potato. We enjoyed our time with you and will miss you until we see your gargantuan goodness again late in the year. Hello to our new friend Brisket Chili. Big D has created an amazingly tasty chili, and we pair it with cornbread and a smile for $5.79. Come on in and say hello to a new friend today!
If you have the (arguably enviable) task of planning the office party this holiday, we’d like to make things a bit easier for you. Our Catering Menu is found right here on the site http://joesrealbbq.com/catering/ and there’s what we think is a pretty cool tool for getting a free quote there to help make sure you stay within the budget. Let us know how we can help… with a handful of exceptions we still have delivery spots available to just about anywhere in the Valley.
Not common for me, but I’m going to talk about something entirely unrelated to food. Backing up your data. Why? I read an article that gave me such a chill I wanted to throw out my own thoughts on the subject. I won’t bore you with the entire article, but a writer from Wired.com had his accounts hacked and lost all his data. This was the kind of tech writer who you can imagine posted quite a few articles over the years about doing routine backups. He freely admits he messed up and didn’t have backups. While having your Twitter account, Amazon payment info and Apple accounts compromised isn’t fun, what is tragic is losing every photograph of your young child. And that’s exactly what happened to this guy. Most chilling to me was the way he lost the photos. The prankster (a 19 year old) compromised his Apple i.d. and used “Find my Iphone” to delete all the data on the phone. Think about it. This amazing app was intended to let you find your lost phone, and in extreme circumstances (like when you think your phone has been stolen) blow away all the data on the phone. Where there is a will to mess with someone, there is a way!
I won’t go into all of the means by which this hacker was able to connive his way into hacking passwords. I will say it was alarmingly simple, and that the only thing one company may show on their site (last 4 digits of your credit card, for instance) may be exactly what another company needs to provide access to your personal data.
Moral of the story? While we all live connected lives, the companies that secure our data have done an absolutely terrible job of giving us ways to easily back up our data while keeping our private data private. The Cloud sounds like a great place to do backups. In fact we used online backup at both restaurants for years. Have you ever tried to restore from that backup? Have you thought about how easy it is to get access to your files? I’m a Mac guy and think Apple has done a decent job of providing ways to back stuff up. But a fried hard drive means backing up from the Airport Extreme. Sounds great, as it is maintains a constant backup. Restoring wirelessly sounds awesome but would take about 3 days with all of my files. Thankfully there is a hard-wired ability to do it more quickly.
So where do we go from here? Online or wireless backups seem to make sense. The Cloud seems to make sense. But in reality they both stink. The best solution we’ve found is carrying around a briefcase full of external hard drives and changing passwords constantly. Painful yes, but we haven’t lost any meaningful data in all these years. We look forward to the day when someone comes up with a decent solution. Please feel free to weigh in with your better solutions… we know they are out there! In the meantime, go make a backup today for the hard drive or phone crash you know is inevitable!
Wow… how weird to be thinking about the holidays when the air conditioner is still working overtime to keep up with this heat. But alas we are heading into the holiday season and will pass on a few related things. Our beloved Monster Sweet Potato will make a triumphant return in early November. For planning purposes, please know that now is the time to book holiday parties either here (see our Banquet menu) or at your place (the Catering menu). We’re ready to get those things reserved for you. Hours here don’t change too much, but we will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas and close early at 3pm on Christmas Eve.
We’re happy to announce that we’ll have a location at Sky Harbor Airport next year in Terminal 4. Those of you heading out of town won’t have to pass up your brisket and ribs. More details as we know them!