Valley BBQ restaurant named one of best in country

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- You don't have to go far for some of the best BBQ in town. Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ in Phoenix, was voted one of the top Barbecue Restaurants in America, as voted by OpenTable diners.

One of only 30 restaurants nationwide to earn this prestigious honor as part of the 2014 OpenTable Diners' Choice awards, Bobby-Q was selected after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country - all submitted by verified diners.The world's largest online reservation company, OpenTable seats more than 15 million people per month across more than 31,000 restaurants.

"The recipients of these inaugural awards have elevated the craft of barbecue to a form of edible art," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "With patience and passion, the pit-masters at each of the winning restaurants are using their expertise to transform even the most humble cut of meat into a smoky and tender fare to remember."

So what makes Bobby-Q such a standout? Bobby-Q owner, Bob Sikora is a true BBQ aficionado, spending more than 10 years researching cooking techniques from the masters across the country.

The secret lies in the slow cooking process over almond and mesquite wood and the perfect blend of spices in the dry rub.

"This seasoning, we make it right here in the restaurant, and we sell it here at the restaurant," says Chef Mark Hittle. ""Just make sure you get a lot of it on the brisket or whatever you're smoking, so it gets into it."

This seasoning results in succulent hand-pulled pork, smoky sausage links, fork-tender brisket, and ribs that fall right off the bone.

Three different ribs are offered (St. Louis, Texas Beef and Baby Back) as well as chicken, salmon, burgers, and hand-cut steaks. Nestled in a charmingly rustic setting, Bobby Q's building, a landmark along I-17, features reclaimed woodwork with exposed brick walls, antique gas lamps, and 10-foot vintage French doors.

The complete list of top restaurants includes notable restaurants in 12 states and Washington, D.C., with six award winners in California, followed by Illinois and New York with five each, Texas with four, and Ohio with two; Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. The complete list may also be viewed at

 Bobby-Q also received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by, and is ranked #3 out of the 2,565 restaurants listed across Greater Phoenix.

Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ is located at 8501 N 27th Avenue in Phoenix. For more information call 602-995-5982 or visit