The little purple building that could…
There’s a little purple building on Indian School rd just West of Arizona SR51 housing Stacy’s Smokehouse BBQ that I pass by on a pretty regular basis. I’ve been meaning to drop in and give Stacy’s a try since they are a locally owned and operated business AND serve BBQ which is both my love and business.
A couple of days ago I was in the area and feeling those slight pangs that indicate hunger so I pulled into Stacy’s parking lot and walked on in.
The place is SMALL with only 4 tables and a counter with a sign that warns customers not to put weight (including your children) on it. There are a series of blackboards hanging behind the counter which comprise the menu and I was excited and intrigued by some of the selections.
As this was between lunch and dinner, I ordered relatively light fare, a large hotlink sandwich, an ear of deep fried corn (how could I not?), an order of red beans and rice and sweet tea.
After a short while my food arrived and I must say it looked quite tasty. The Hotlink sandwich was comprised of two sausage links split and served on a seeded bun with just enough of their tasty BBQ sauce to keep things interesting. It had great bite (though I’d bet the farm the sausage was Farmer John Red Hot Links rather than something house made/made for them), the proper texture (a bit more chewy than say, a hot dog), and pretty good spicy flavor. All in all, exactly what I’m looking for in this kind of sandwich.
I generally get a pretty good measure of a BBQ joint by the care they put into their beans so I was keen to try the red bean and rice (something not found often enough in a BBQ joint in my opinion). The beans were tender and the long grain rice just past al dente which is where I like it since this allows each grain to stand out and gives you a great mouth feel. The ‘glue’ holding the beans together was quite flavorful, being slightly on the spicy side, and had just about perfect consistency.
…and then there was deep fried corn on the Cobb. I must admit I thought I’d eaten corn prepared in every possible way but clearly I missed one, this ear was rolled in perfectly spiced cornmeal and deep fried until golden brown. The first bite made me giggle like a schoolgirl! Talk about texture, the crispy cornmeal batter allowed the natural juiciness of the corn to shine and gave it a crunch that has to be experienced to understand. Now I’m a huge fan of fire roasted corn slathered in butter, cayenne pepper and salt but I now have a new favorite.
Over-all Stacy’s BBQ was a pretty good meal at a reasonable price that I would happily recommend. I’m looking forward to returning to try Stacy’s Hickory and Oak smoked ribs for dinner in the very near future.