2012 starts the lifestyle edition of the blog and
thanks in advance for your support of the new
stories as the blog stretches out the tent pegs
to incorporate more encouragement to you and
reviews of things that matter in our everyday
To kick off the first post in the lifestyle series,
please welcome Brown Bear BBQ.
Owner and BBQ champion Phil Chiaravalle, Jr
is pictured here with his Southern Pride smoker.
He comes to Arizona by way of Kodiak Alaska.
He has been smokin' meats for over 20 years and
everything from traditional ribs, brisket and chicken to mastering the art of fresh caught salmon.
Brown Bear BBQ has a 'rib shack' in Apache Junction at the corner of Ironwood and Baseline-
but you can also get some of the smokey meats
at festivals, events and BBQ championship contests all over Arizona and the country.
In this picture I'm about to help out at the Southern Pride smoker and pull some rib tips out for tasting!
Brown Bear BBQ smokes meat Monday through
Saturday-does catering events and contests, but the real passion is to smoke up some meats for the two favorite charities: East Valley Boys and Girls club and the Wounded Warrior Project.
One of the secrets to the bbq that Phil makes is his award winning spice rub that you can purchase from Anthony's Spices or the Brown Bear BBQ website.
Phil hand makes everything: his spice rub, his sauces, and the meats are all locally sourced.
My favorite sauce is the Ironwood Special-but you must try the Extreme Hot which has a base of African Ghost Peppers. It's hot-and good!
Here's a picture of the rib tip I started with-there are 3 levels to the flavor: the bark, which is the crunchy spice coating.
Which leads to the smoke ring, where the meat starts to turn a deep pink tone and intensify in flavor.
Then the moist, smokey inside!
The flavor is so good-though I still like plenty of hot sauce to sop the meat in.
Then I move onto the ribs-delicious! The menu has breakfast, lunch and dinner on it. Everything is under $10 and the portion is ample to say the least!
Phil cuts his own ribs so there is more meat to the bone than the average bbq place.
After eating, the proof is in the bbq-it's no wonder that this is award winning. What I like best about Brown Bear BBQ is the owner Phil has bootstrapped his passion into a business that serves good food, his fellow countrymen and helps kids and veterans.
Lake Havasu Music, Brews & BBQ Championship - January 27 - 28
Lake Havasu State Park - Windsor 4
699 London Bridge Road
BBQ & Chili Cookoff - Variety of Samples for Sale, Beer Garden, Craft Vendors & Live Entertainment!
Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Admission: $5 - Adults, for both days: Children 12 & Under: Free
Check out Complete Event Schedule for Competition & Live Entertainment
Be sure and visit Phil and his Brown Bear BBQ at the Lake Havasu event or head on over to the rib shack inside the Chevron at Ironwood and Baseline in Apache Junction Arizona. You'll be glad you did!
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