Barbecue is taking over Chandler almost as quickly as craft beer is taking over Tempe (seriously, there are at least a half-dozen new bars/breweries in the works). You can't throw an imaginary rock without hitting a smoked brisket or full-on festival in this particular part of the Southeast Valley.
Let's take two new Chandler franchises, for example -- Rudy's Country Store & BBQ and Can't Stop Smokin'. They are right across the effing street from each other!
Which makes them perfect for this week's battle.
Smoked sausage, brisket, ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, barbecued beans, potatoes -- we didn't think it was fair to single out one important barbecue aspect, so we tried it all.
May the best barbecue win.