Every meal at Brushfire BBQ Co. comes with a warning: Caution: Habit Forming.
It isn’t to be taken lightly.
For those people who feel there’s nothing better than a nice hunk of cooked meat, there’s Brushfire. Take Gabriel Schaffner, whose needs are simple. A good meal is just about the only thing he asks for in life, and Brushfire BBQ is one of his favorites.
“This is probably the best barbecue west of the Mississippi,” he said. “I like how informal it is. It’s almost like a roadside barbecue stand. It’s real barbecue, too.”
The menu here is varied, like a really good picnic. There is pork, brisket, chicken, turkey, sausages, meatloaf, wings, salmon, and ribs. Lots and lots of ribs. Then there are the sides—seasoned fries, corn bread, potato salad (two kinds!), baked beans and pork rinds, to name a few. It’s truly a smorgasbord of food at its most delicious.
On this visit, Schaffner ordered his favorite combination: beef ribs, seasoned fries, and slaw. The other meal at the table was a prime rib sandwich, also with fries. Brushfire has a selection of six barbecue sauces from which to choose: mild, hot, sweet-n-bold, sweet molasses, honey mustard, and smokey chipotle. Schaffner likes his food with a bit of a bite, so he picks the smokey chipotle.
“It never disappoints. The house-made sauces are delicious,” he said.
Schaffner, who has lived in a lot of different places, from Taiwan to China to the Philippines to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has an adventurous spirit and palate. He said of all the things he misses the most when he’s overseas (including his mother’s handmade tortillas) it’s the food he gets at Brushfire that makes him the most homesick.
It’s the way the chefs at Brushfire barbecue, not just grill, the meat that keeps him coming back. “A lot of people confuse barbecuing with grilling,” Schaffner said. “Grilling is just cooking over the coals, but barbecuing is using the smoke to cook the meat and that’s what they actually do here. It’s really good barbecue.”
That is why Schaffner loves where he eats.
P.S. They deliver!
Brushfire BBQ Co.
2745 N. Campbell Ave
(520) 624-3223 and,
7080 E 22nd St.