Father’s Day dining destinations: Top barbecue spots to celebrate dad

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By Nicole Underwood / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

Pulled pork sandwich at Woodbarn BBQWoodbarn BBQ Website

(PINAL COUNTY, AZ) - BBQ and Father’s Day are a classic pairing. Thankfully, Arizona has some famously delicious options to choose from this year, whether you eat in, grab a family meal to go, or get a catered experience for the dad in your life. Choose a delicious option for Dad this year with these top 5 choices in Pinal County.

1. Woodbarn BBQ

This quaint, family-owned spot with a rustic barn feel is a popular destination among BBQ lovers. Mark and Skylar Hittle are a charming father-son duo who bring the family vibe into every dish they make. Boasting over 40 years of combined BBQ knowledge, they deliver options like slowly smoked tender brisket, pork, sausage, prime rib, corned beef, and even turkey to the menu.

They take pride in their homemade sides like mac and cheese, chili or potato salad, mesquite and almond wood flavors, and offer guests options of either sweet or spicy BBQ sauce to satisfy any BBQ craving. Voted “Best in the Valley” by AZ Foothills in 2021 and “Top 100 Places to Eat” by Yelp in 2022 (featured in Forbes), you will leave Woodbarn BBQ with a satisfied family and happy Dad. Visit their website for directions and the full menu. Be sure to try their famous ribs if it’s your first time.

Smoked rib rack at Kingpin BBQKingpin BBQ Instagram

2. KingPin BBQ

It’s good to go off the path of traditional brick-and-mortars and try flavors that will transform your love of BBQ. One such food truck is Kingpin BBQ. Their non-traditional style of barbecuing sets them apart, specializing in tri-tip, stuffed smoked turkey legs with shrimp mac & cheese, ribs, chicken, and (of course) pulled pork. However, their woods, rubs and seasonings truly bring out the meat’s flavors, with apple, pecan, oak and hickory wood incorporated in every bite. They offer catering options for their customers, for both small and large gatherings. Their delicious combo plates to include your choice of meat, slides like pulled-pork nachos, chili cheese fries, shrimp mac and cheese or waffle fries, along with perfectly cooked Texas toast, makes Kingpin BBQ a mouth-watering option to enjoy.

Smothered BBQ meat at Hideout Steakhouse & BBQHideout Steakhouse & BBQ Facebook

3. Hideout Steakhouse & BBQ

Switching it up to traditional spots with space for the full family and great service to boot, swing by Hideout Steakhouse & BBQ in Casa Grande, where their options of smoked BBQ meats are unsurpassed. All smoked BBQ meals are offered as full dinner plates with two sides or ala carte for ½ pound and full pound servings. With options like that, Dad can enjoy BBQ flavors to his heart’s content or surprise him with a full spread by ordering to go or catering a private event, all available online.

Customers can choose from St. Louis Style Ribs (which do really fall off the bone), smoked brisket, smoked chicken, BBQ Tri-tip, classic pulled pork, smoked sweet or spicy sausage, or even fan’s favorite “Burnt Ends” - Smoked Beef Brisket ends served atop a piece of sourdough toast. Families can enjoy other food options as well, from their famous steaks cooked on stone, to fish and chicken entries.

BBQ dinner platter at CGQ House FacebookCGQ House Facebook

4. CGQ House

Another great, casual spot in Casa Grande is CGQ House, serving nothing but your favorite barbeque cuisine, with catering options to both Tucson and Phoenix areas. While their Facebook serves as their website, you can also visit their Trip Advisor to see what the locals have to share about their delicious menu.

Hungry? CGQ House has you covered. Their family and party pack options can feed up to 10 people, with choices of traditional brisket, pork, chicken, turkey and sausage. Want to switch it up? Turn your BBQ meal into pulled pork or brisket tacos, which includes marinated onions, cheddar jack cheese, and pico de gallo.

Customers can also grab their favorite meats a la carde with bulk side options ranging from grits, mashed potatoes, green beans or veggies, cowboy chili, rolls and more. They offer a variety of sauces from homemade BBQ sauce to sweet honey buroon, carlina mustard, smoking hot or sauce of the week. Don’t forget to add their popular green chile cornbread to your plate for a final, flavorful finish to your meal.

Classic smoothered rib & waffle plate at Mooner's BBQ GalleyMooner's BBQ Galley Instagram

5. Mooner's BBQ Galley

It would be remiss to not include Mooner’s BBQ Galley, the veteran owned, family operated BBQ Restaurant in San Tan Valley, AZ. While this casual and popular establishment has only been open less than two years, it’s quickly becoming a staple in the Valley and has everything you need, with any variation of BBQ options that your whole family will enjoy.

Switch from the familiar and try their Ribs and Waffles, which includes 1/2 rack of mouth-watering ribs served on top of a kern-bread waffle with a side of our honey butter sauce and pork stuffed baked potato. Other twists on the regular favorite dish include BBQ Quesadillas, hot link hot dogs topped with pulled pork or brisket.

In addition to the countless options on their menu, including a plethora of BBQ sammie choices to choose from, they offer “BBQ Fleet” platters and Family-sized pick-and-choose arrangements so you have the perfect arrangement once you’re ready to dive in.

Downside for Father’s Day: They are currently on pause for renovations but will be open come July 1st for all your BBQ cravings. So, check on their menu and get ready to place your order when their doors reopen.

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