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Published on May 20, 2024
Avondale's Own Eric's Family Barbecue Sizzles to the Top of National Best BBQ ListsSource: Google Street View

It's not just the deep South earning accolades for smoky meats and savory sides. Eric's Family Barbecue, based in Avondale, Arizona, has gained national attention, landing on the list of the best barbecue spots in the U.S. The Valley restaurant, according to FOX 10 Phoenix, has blossomed from a simple backyard setup to a thriving establishment, propelled by an organic buzz that has customers lining up around the block.

Five friends with a passion for food ignited the flame of what would become Eric's Family Barbecue eight years ago, and having a good time with real estate that turned out to be a restaurant or food truck as the line started wrapping, according to general manager Joshua. Yielding to the increasing demand, they expanded their operations beyond the confines of their backyard. Now ranked as the third-best barbecue spot nationally by Yelp this month, Joshua relayed to Headtopics, "It’s a humbling experience to sum it all up."

The climb to acclaim was swift and a bit unexpected for the team behind Eric's Family Barbecue. "We just doubled down on our environment and the family attitude we have toward each other," Joshua explained in an interview. This approach seems to have paid off, as the restaurant's growth is largely attributed to word-of-mouth praise from satisfied customers—a marketing strategy more effective than "any billboard or blimp that you can put across anywhere," Joshua added.

Eric's delectable offerings and exceptional service keep locals and visitors alike coming back. One customer, hearing from a friend that the barbecue joint ranked within the top in all of Arizona, decided to see for themselves. After indulging in the fare, the customer proclaimed to have tasted some of the best brisket, confidently placing it in the top three of their barbecue experiences. They stated, "Good food is what brings people in, but the customer service and everything else that comes between is what brings people back," echoing the essence of what has contributed to Eric's growing popularity. "Very friendly, always always, I’ve never been in here and they’ve never been rude or impolite," they told the FOX 10 Phoenix.

The secret to Eric's success might just be that blend of culinary craft and genuine hospitality—a formula that has served them well, and that will likely keep their smokers running and their customers returning for years to come. For now, barbecue enthusiasts can visit Eric's Family Barbecue from Tuesday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m., at the Dysart and Indian School roads spot—until the last rack of ribs is claimed.