“Make Billy Bryant's a Destination.... it will definately be worth the time !”
Newly retired and living in the desert south of Tucson, my wife and I were searching for a source of an excellent BBQ restaurant. Having tried a few in the southern Arizona area, we found very little that was worth going back to.... tough ribs that I had to rip off the bone, flavorless brisket, off the shelf BBQ sauce and what tasted like salt and pepper dry rubs.
Doing another Internet search, Billy Bryant's came up in an area we happened to be going to in search of cactus for our landscape project. We decided to give them a try.
Following the GPS, it put us in a strip mall ... and there in sort of a little corner was Billy Bryant's ..... three or four outside tables with red and white checkered table cloths .... and an Open sign in the window.
Opening the door and going inside, I was met by a big fellow sitting at a table dressed in black. He asked if he could help us ..... I replied that I was curious to see if his food was as good as the Google and Trip Advisor reviews. He smiled and introduced himself as Steve, the owner. His wife, Karen, brought silverware and took our drink order as we read the menu at an outside table.
I ordered the full rack of ribs .... and we laughed together when he said the BBQ Sauce would be 'on the side'..... precisely how ribs SHOULD be served ..... only with the dry rub, NEVER soaked in sauce.
For sides, I asked for the baked beans and Karen's home made potato salad and an order of 5/8" onion rings.
Mary ordered the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and Karen's potato salad.
Our food came quickly ..... we both laughed as we took our first bite . . . . . Mary loved the pulled pork and the potato salad ..... and the coleslaw had and excellent flavor.
My ribs were the most flavorful fall off the bone tender ribs I have had since Memphis about 4 years ago. The dry rub was perfect ! There was a squirt bottle of BBQ sauce on the table, and out of curiosity, I did try some .... definitely not from the local grocery store ... and like the ribs, an excellent flavor .... not burn your tongue hot .... just perfect.
The beans ...... the best baked beans I have had ( other than Mary's Cowboy Beans that is ;-) ..... not dry, not too spicy .... not full of onions ... and not Campbell's right from the can.
Karen sure knows how to make potato salad too . . . . Mary said it was just like her Mom made ..... that means it was also perfect ..... great flavor, the potatoes were cooked to perfection.... excellent flavor !
Oh .... the onion rings too ..... again, not over done, not under cooked.
Steve and Karen sure know how to put a BBQ meal together ....
The bottom line ..... do not be fooled by the strip mall location .... make it a destination... You will definitely have on of the best BBQ meals of your lifetime .....
Our search for an outstanding BBQ restaurant in southern Arizona is over ..... Steve and Karen's Billy Bryant's all we could ask for.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.