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Little Miss BBQ

4301 E. University Dr. (44th St.) Send to Phone
Texas barbecue spot cultivates a following for its pork ribs, brisket and more.

Open Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Little Miss BBQ, Phoenix, AZ

Little Miss BBQ Restaurant Review

: Patience is a virtue at Scott and Bekke Holmes' Little Miss BBQ, as customers jostle politely among the crowds at the tiny Texas-style 'cue joint near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Once the place sells out of the home-spun barbecue (and it often does), it shuts the doors for the day. The simple handwritten cardboard menu is taped to the wall behind the counter, and on any given day, you'll find brisket, house-made sausage, pork ribs, pulled pork and turkey breast. Meats are served on butcher paper alongside pickles, onions and white bread, and for those who can’t decide, there's the Jefe, a sandwich mounded with sausage, chopped brisket, sauce, coleslaw and pickles. Thursdays are pastrami day, while on Fridays and Saturdays, the oak, pecan and mesquite smoker struts succulent beef short ribs paired with sides like jalapeño-and-cheddar grits, beans, potato salad and coleslaw. Smoked pecan pie is offered for dessert. Most folks opt for take-out since there are only a few tables inside plus some picnic seating in the parking lot. To sip, there's no alcohol, but canned and bottled drinks quench well enough.


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