Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek, Arizona
It was a Thursday night when we visited Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, and the minute we walked in the door we could tell that we were in for a wonderful experience.
First of all, the place was packed with people eager to enjoy a heapin’ helpin’ of Chef Bryan’s barbecued ribs, chicken, beef brisket, or pulled pork. Why Chef Bryan even has Vegetarian “pulled” squash for those who desire something without a hoof.
As we walked in, Carol spied a table of folks leaving, so I placed a claim on the table while Carol stood in line for our fixins’.
As I waited, I enjoyed the velvety smooth baritone voice of Amigo Mike, as he sang cowboy ballads that took me back 40 years listening to my parents play Eddie Arnold records. I must confess, his music was very nostalgic for me, and he did an excellent job hopping into his falsetto voice at the end of many of his phrases, as cowboys love to do.
After a few songs like Cattle Call, and Cool Water, Carol arrived with our food. I chose the 1/2 lb meat combo (pulled pork & brisket) while Carol opted for the 1/2 slab of pork ribs. To accompany my meal I chose barbecue cowboy beans and baked potato salad, while Carol opted for french fries and coleslaw.
Let me be clear, this was some of the best barbecue I have ever had!
Chef Bryan just celebrated his restaurants first birthday, and the community is clearly happy to reward him handsomely for his fine vittles!
As it became clear that we were never going to finish the heapin’ helpin’s given, we asked for a doggie bag, and were surprised by Chef Bryan with a serving of his special homemade ice cream sandwiches, a can of his special rub, and a bottle of his incredible barbecue sauce.
In my mind, a restaurant has the recipe for great success if they can combine great food, with a wonderful experience. Chef Bryan Duley, with his Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, has put together all the right ingredients to provide you with both.
We highly recommend a visit! Furthermore, if you visit on a Wednesday, or Thursday evening, you will be treated to live music as well.
Thank you Chef Bryan for a wonderful evening, we will be back, and we will be certain to bring our out of town guests to visit you when they happen our way.
Disclosure: this dining experience was provided by Chef Bryan Duley.