In 2014, Arizona lawmakers made it a little easier for micro-distillers to operate by creating a new, craft distillers license. This didn’t open up the floodgates for homegrown spirits, yet as of the beginning of this year, 14 craft distilleries have opened their doors and have begun heating their stills. These distilleries are already outnumbering…

For years I grilled on a “scratch and dent special” knock-off Weber Kettle I came across at Sears for only $35. This was also around the same time where I would douse Kingsford Match Light charcoal with lighter fluid, threw a match on it and prayed for the coal pyramid to stay lit…and burst into…

Arizonians, rejoice! There’s a new BBQ event headed to the Phoenix area this November – the World BBQ Festival. In an e-mailed statement to Real Arizona BBQ, event organizer, Anne Odenwald of Advocate Productions stated the World BBQ Festival has a “culinary focus on international vendors that have BBQ or grilled items on their menu…

The Phoenix food truck scene has blown up in recent years, with everything from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition organizing the fad to various Food Truck Fridays popping up around the Valley, from Phoenix, Glendale, Gilbert and just about every city in between. BBQ food trucks are no stranger to the food on wheels scene. It…

Gone are the days when the only places to buy meat were local meat markets from a butcher in an aged, blood-stained white apron. Today, most people get their beef, chicken and pork products at a commercial supermarket along with everything else and the kitchen sink. However, some people still appreciate the skill, value, and…

Want to step outside your backyard and get involved with local Arizona BBQ events or competitions? Show your support by getting involved with any of these local organizations and national clubs. Grand Canyon State BBQ Association The Grand Canyon State BBQ Association was founded in 2014 and provides the growing Arizona barbeque community a home…

Southern Arizona’s premier BBQ competition returns to downtown Tucson, bigger and better than ever. Introducing the 2016 Southern Arizona Smokin Showdown! Hotel Congress, Merit Foods, the Steele Children’s Research Center and a passel of the top Tucson BBQ purveyors are combining to provide a senses searing, tastebud tingling, meaty monstrosity of an event with great…

The 2016 Taste of Arizona, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America will include a BBQ competition in addition to the over 60 local and nationally recognized food, non-food and alcohol vendors, local bands, kids zone and local celebrity chef demonstrations on December 3, 2016 at Mesa Riverview Park. Prior to the Taste of Arizona, they…

While I still maintain my spirit animal is a brisket, a perfectly cooked steak can win the top spot for as many moments as it takes for me to consume it. Steaks are largely misunderstood. Case in point: what’s the best cut of steak you can think of? I bet you said filet mignon. Which is wrong.…

You can’t take your backyard BBQ seriously if you are grabbing commodity meats (Select or Choice grade) off of your grocer’s shelf. You can step up one level and head to your local butcher, but even that may not be enough. I’m not here to discuss beef politics with you, but rather provide you with the…