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Jul 14, 2007 12:10 PM

Barbeque in Scottsdale?

Anyone know of any decent barbeque restaurants in or near Scottsdale?

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  1. One of these days, I'll get to Kinfolk's BBQ. There was a lot of positive feedback to Seth's review of it.

    I've been to El Paso a couple of times. Last time, I wondered why I returned. Nothing remarkable, there.

    I guess I'm pretty picky about barbeque. I wasn't nearly as thrilled with Joe's in Gilbert as most people seem to be.

    Kinfolk's BBQ
    7919 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    El Paso Bar-B-Que Co
    8220 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    Joe's Real Barbecue
    301 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

    4 Replies
    1. re: johnseberg

      Yes, johnseberq, you MUST get to Kinfolk's... it is VERY good! We recently tried it and were quite impressed with the quantity and quality of the food. The owner(?) is a tall, quiet soul who is straight-forward and efficient.

      Once we had seated ourselves, he came over to the table to drop off the menus and a couple of plates of homestyle cornbead. Sweet and crumbly with whole corn kernels, it was a nice way to start our BBQ meal.

      The BBQ pulled pork sandwich had so much savory meat that it didn't even fit into the bun. The coleslaw was some of the best I've had for awhile. Soda in a Mason jar was really cool and sauce in a cast-iron skillet was a great presentation. The sauce was good, not too sweet or too spicy. The sausage, three types in the sampler platter, were tasty.

      I would highly recommend a trip over to Thomas and Hayden Rds for a nice and humble BBQ meal.

      Best regards,


      1. re: doubleddae

        Okay, I tried Kinfolk's. It was just as you describe (pretty much). I missed the whole kernels in the cornbread, but, I caught a taste of molasses, which I thought was really good and original.

        I could hardly finish "The Pig" pulled pork sandwich. Including the cole slaw (or other side of your choice), and a self-serve drink for $8. It was a great deal.

        I still don't think it's the real deal BBQ that I'm looking for, but, good, for what it is, and just a couple of miles away from me.

        1. re: johnseberg

          Kinfolk's is about a 15 minute drive from me. Is it worth it?

          1. re: crsin

            I don't know. BBQ is a real YMMV situation. It's like pizza. I think the descriptions of Seth and Doubleddae are accurate, but, Doubleddae seems the more enthusiastic. I guess I enjoyed the cole slaw a little better than Seth.

            As I said, it's not smoky. I've yet to find smoky BBQ in the Phoenix area that wasn't dried out. Maybe Hap's, but, I didn't care for their sides or service. Kinfolks definately has much more charm than Hap's!

            If you MUST have BBQ, what are your choices? Personally, I get enough pork at the Mexican and Southwestern restaurants around town and enjoy them head and shoulders over any barbeque place.

            Hap's Pit Barbecue
            4801 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    2. Man, I know I'm going to be in the minority on this one and it may be blasphemous but ...

      Shane's Rib Shack has some really good BBQ, IMO. It *is* one outpost of several ( I guess that's a nice way to say "chain" ) but I stand by it as really tasty.

      Happy Valley Rd. @ I-17.