Gwen Ashley Walters, Special for The RepublicPublished 11:18 a.m. MT Jan. 20, 2017 | Updated 12:46 p.m. MT Jan. 20, 2017
(Photo: Jennifer McClellan/The Republic)
Good news for barbecue fans in Scottsdale: That's where Naked BBQ is opening its second Valley location in FebruaryTucson's OBON Sushi Bar Ramen is taking over a vacant restaurant space at Scottsdale Quarter in April
Good news for Scottsdale barbecue fans, especially those of the brisket and pulled pork persuasion. That's where Naked BBQ is opening its second Valley location.
And those who thought Scottsdale Quarter needed a sushi option will be delighted when Tucson's OBON Sushi Bar Ramen takes over a vacant restaurant space in the upscale shopping center.
Naked BBQ to open in Scottsdale
In February, one of the Valley's best barbecue spots is opening a branch in north Scottsdale, at 90th Street and Shea Boulevard.
Hartman started out as a backyard barbecue enthusiast, studying the competitive barbecue scene before opening Naked BBQ in 2015 near Bell Road and Interstate 17 in Phoenix. Since then, he has been quietly dialing in his technique of oak- and pecan-wood smoking, turning out fan-building smoked meats, including prime-grade brisket.
The barbecue brisket at Naked BBQ (Photo: Dominic Armato/The Republic)
Curious about the “naked” moniker? Hartman said the driving force behind his barbecue is serving high-quality, properly seasoned and smoked meats where sauce is optional, not required, in the vein of central Texas barbecue. But unlike Texas barbecue, Hartman strikes a different note on seasoning — less pepper and a more rounded spice blend drawing on half a dozen or more seasonings.
“We’re region agnostic,” he said, “and we really just focus on offering high-quality meat. We make several sauces — sweet, mustard or vinegar — which we offer on the side and leave that choice up to the customer. Some want sauce, some don’t.”
The new location, in a former Cousins Sub space, near Portillo's Hot Dogs, is slightly larger than the original. But the menu will be the same — brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, turkey and hot links, along with a variety of sides and salads — with a few new additions for Scottsdale.
Hours also will run from 11 a.m. “until the meat is gone,” a typical scenario for genuine barbecue joints. While the original restaurant is BYOB, the new one with offer local craft beers personally selected by Hartman.
A two meat platter from Naked BBQ in Phoenix with sliced turkey, sliced brisket, macaroni and cheese, beans and corn muffin. (Photo: Jennifer McClellan/The Republic)
Details: Naked BBQ, 2340 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. 602-439-4227, thenakedbbq.com. Opening at 10240 N. 90th St., Suite 105. Scottsdale.