Hickory's Smokehouse BBQ

Best BBQ chicken in town. The half-chicken is moist, tender, and not too heavy on the smoke. Absolutely luscious. One time I was there, however, the chicken was more heavily smoked than usual, but it was still moist and tender, which is of paramount importance to me. On the subsequent visit, though, the smoke level was back to normal. Perfect!

It's messy, though: as much as I try not to get sauce on my shirt, it happens anyway. I must admit, if there's one way I'd love to eat barbecue, it would be as in the caviar scene in the movie The Magic Christian: strap on a giant bib with built-in-arms, dig my hands right in, and smear it all over my face.

They now keep spicy sauce at the tables, so you no longer have to ask for it. The beef brisket and pulled pork are good, but I'm not into their baby back ribs.

I like big, old-fashioned spare ribs, with all the extra meat and gristle hanging off, not the baby back or St. Louis style, and I have not found any place in Flagstaff that makes them that way. Back in the 1990s, there was a place called BBQ Express that made good spare ribs, but the management changed and it went down the toilet. That location is now Little Thai Kitchen.

For a brief period of time, there was an Alabama style BBQ drive-thru that made good spare ribs: it was located in what was originally a Texaco station on Woodlands Blvd, and is now a Shell station. I was told that the BBQ place went out of business because the owner kept his money in a mattress and it was stolen.

The sides are OK: I like the beans (both kinds), the mac & cheese, and the potato salad. I'm not so keen on the sweet potato tots, because they put brown sugar on them: I realize that's a very Southern thing to do, but I'm not fond of it. When it comes to sweet potatoes, I like them with garlic butter, cheese, hot sauce, pesto, hummus, or even ketchup. As far as I'm concerned, the ubiquitous candied "yams" at church potlucks and Thanksgiving dinners are an abomination.

Years ago, the Hickory's location was a Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut moved to a new place, and Strombolli's replaced them. Strombolli's had the very best lasagna in town, excellent salads, and decadent braided bread. They went out of business, though, and I really miss them. Still, Hickory's is a welcome addition.

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Business Category:Local establishment (1-2 locations)
Breakfast (1-10):
Lunch (1-10):8
Dinner (1-10):
Cleanliness (1-10):7
Service (1-10):7
Noise (1-10):7
How often visited:Many times
How likely to return:Probably yes
Last known visit:2018-06-26
Last updated:2018-07-08

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