4

Massive Barbecue and Beer Fest Going Down Saturday in Chandler

West Alley barbecue will be a can't-miss vendor at this weekend's festival.EXPAND
West Alley barbecue will be a can't-miss vendor at this weekend's festival.
Chris Malloy
^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Fellow lovers of smoked meat, you may want to clear your Saturday schedules. A barbecue festival will be going down around these parts. This Saturday, at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in downtown Chandler, the ninth annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival will be opening its smokers to the masses.

There will be 40 pitmasters. They will be serving food from noon to 10 p.m. Last year all told, revelers devoured more than 20,000 pounds of meat. General admission tickets cost $20, and $25 on Saturday.

Nearly every festival vendor is based in Arizona. San Tan Brewing Company will be furnishing the event's local brews.

One of the local highlights will be West Alley Barbecue, a recent import from Tennessee that is serving some of town's best ribs (baby back and smoked over almond wood). Attending the Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival a few years ago coaxed West Alley into opening a location in metro Phoenix.

The range of smoked meats will be thrilling. There will be your usual brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and sausage. But each vendor will bring its own flair.

Drivewood Fired Grill will be serving tri-tip, a cut from the end of sirloin. Farmboy Smokehaus will be offering up pork from a whole hog spit. Thrill Your Grill will be plating meat from game such as bison, rabbit, elk, antelope, and venison.

Not all meats at the festival will be barbecued (taking "cooking with smoke" as our definition of "barbecue"). Whether you want classic barbecued chicken or something novel like grilled quail, this festival should have the right food for you.

The festival will also feature a kid's zone, VIP zones, eating competitions, and country music performances (for people who dig country). You can sign up for eating competitions from noon to 4 p.m. The range of eating competitions is somewhat alarming and includes wings, brats, ribs, and pie.

Again, tickets start at $25. They top out at $175 for the VIP package.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.