Naked BBQ / NakedQ
A pulled pork sandwich with side of potato salad at Naked BBQ in Phoenix. (Photo: Jennifer McClellan/The Republic)
Oren Hartman continues to do great things at Naked BBQ, now with a second Scottsdale location, called NakedQ. Like Holmes, Hartman throws down some serious brisket, though his smoke and seasoning are a little lighter. If you can tear yourself away from the beef, there isn’t a miss on the menu, from ribs to pulled pork to sausage and more, depending on Hartman’s whims. The meats are served unadorned (hence “Naked”) and Hartman provides a full complement of sauces that are thoughtfully designed to match his meats. Just a little dab, please — this stuff is far too good to drown.
Details: 2340 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 602-439-4227. Also, 10240 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. 480-912-2102, thenakedbbq.com.