Hap’s Pit Barbecue

Worth a return

“Hand-rubbed meat can’t be beat” is one of Hap’s mottoes. The other is “Smoked slow… served fast.” There you have a formula for success. Hap’s lacks the validating cachet of a tumbledown smoke shack in an iffy neighborhood (it’s located in a food-court building between Cousin’s Subs and Samurai Sam’s) and its food prep and service are more efficient than artisan, but where else in Phoenix are you going to find barbecued lamb?

It’s not for everyone, this lamb. It is fatty and funky with booming ewe flavor, so powerful that Hap’s spicy sauce sings minimal harmony (but is very welcome for balance). It comes on a plate or sandwich, torn into chunks, shreds, and slices, the lean and fat parts nearly indistinguishable. The flavor is so big that I wavered after a taste or two … but found myself coming back to it for more between bouts with Hap’s ribs, chicken, and pulled pork.

The ribs are just-right chewy if only 85% flavorful, the rub and smoke not saturating the meat as much as one might hope for. Hap’s smoked chicken is a polar opposite of the lamb. It is hand pulled into the tenderest imaginable shreds and pieces, elegantly smoky, gently flavored, fully satisfying.

Several fruit cobblers are available for dessert. They are heavyweights, more about dough than fruit.

What to Eat
Hap’s Pit Barbecue, Rib Dinner
Rib Dinner
Tender ribs have quiet porky flavor.
Hap’s Pit Barbecue, Smoked Chicken Salad
Smoked Chicken Salad
Hand-pulled chicken is smoky & painfully tender.
Hap’s Pit Barbecue, Apple Cobbler
Apple Cobbler
Apple cobbler, doughy more that fruity, will sate a hungry sweet tooth.
Hap’s Pit Barbecue, Cornbread
Cornbread is a de rigueur side dish for this style of barbecue.
Hap’s Pit Barbecue, Lamb Sandwich
Lamb Sandwich
Authoritative lamb: big flavored, slightly rank
Hap’s Pit Barbecue, BBQ Beans
BBQ Beans
Sweet, starchy beans: a good interlude between bites of spicy meat.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday10:30am - 7pm
Tuesday10:30am - 7pm
Wednesday10:30am - 7pm
Thursday10:30am - 7pm
Friday10:30am - 7pm
Saturday10:30am - 4pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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