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Award winning pitmaster bringing BBQ Trapp Haus to downtown Phoenix

Phoenix has its reputation in the national food circles for pizza, tacos and Mexican food offerings, it won’t be long before we can add BBQ to the list. Already the home of Little Miss BBQ, Porkopolis, Honey Bear’s and the soon to be opened Starlite BBQ  comes BBQ Trapp Haus bringing their BBQ and urban Southern cooking to downtown Phoenix.

Great news if you’re a BBQ fan like me(I’m a rib man) but the rub is we have to wait a few months for the anticipated December opening from owner and pitmaster Phil “The Grill” Johnson.

BBQ Trapp Haus eats

BBQ Trapp Haus isn’t your typical BBQ joint with its urban decor from owner Johnson’s New York City upbringing and it southern inspired menu which goes beyond pulled pork, smoked brisket and ribs. Fear not all the staples will be had for the masses to get sloppy with but we will also be available to grab BBQ nachos, Empanadas stuffed with pulled pork, “No Bun Bowls” such as the Mac Bowl with smoked mac & cheese and more.

“It has always been a dream of mine to open my own BBQ joint,” Phil says. “BBQ Trapp Haus is the combination of my Bronx background, my skill in competition-style BBQ and my desire to give people good food that is made with my heart and soul.”

Traditional BBQ fans will be ordering the classics of Applewood Smoked Pork, St. Louis style ribs and Hickory Smoked Brisket along with PTG’s (Phil the Grill to his friends) sides of “Mean Greens” , PTG Baked Beans, Jalapeno Honey slaw and crispy waffle fries.

PTG is known for his “Philly Crack Wings” from his popular food truck “Sammitch” which will be on the menu along with Sammitches including New York style Pastrami Reuben, Philly Cheese Fix and Pork Heaven.

Craft beers and smoked infused bourbon will be poured to wash down you flavorful eats and should you still have room for strawberry shortcake and banana pudding will be on the dessert list.

Pitmaster accolades

In the world of food competition pitmaster Phil is known from his earning several awards from the Kansas City Barbecue Society including the Grand Championship on the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour(didn’t even know they had one) and 2nd place at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational.

His food truck Sammitch has been named one of the Top 10 food trucks around the valley  and has built a loyal following that should follow him right to 511 E. Roosevelt when he opens.

 

 

 

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and Reel Big Fish to play at SanTan Brewing’s Oktoberfest

Beer and music go hand in hand and SanTan Brewing Company is well a where of that. It is for that reason SanTan is celebrating their 9th anniversary and Oktoberfest with bands Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and Reel Big Fish on Saturday October 1st in downtown Chandler.

Reel Big Fish photo courtesy of Jonathan Thorpe & Jen Pruett
Reel Big Fish photo courtesy of Jonathan Thorpe & Jen Pruett

music, games and more

When the gates open at 3pm festival goers will be treated to Ken Levine’s Funkhaus Brass Band followed by games that include beer pong, a pretzel toss, tricycle races, Brat eating contest and a wiener dog race. SanTan will be pouring their core beers along with their Bavarian style Oktoberfest lager and food will be available from Gorilla Cheese Truck, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Beignet Babes and more.

photo courtesy of  Jen Pruett
photo courtesy of Jen Pruett

roger clyne and the peacemakers and reel big fish

When the sun goes down is when Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers hit the stage at 7:10 pm followed by Reel Big Fish at 9:30 to close out the festival.

Tickets

Pre-sale tickets are available for $12 at http://www.santanoktoberfest.com/ with day of tickets available for $15. Part of the proceeds will go to non-profit, St. Joseph the Worker which helps the homeless, low income and others become self-sufficient through quality employment. http://www.sjwjobs.org/ 

SanTan’s Oktoberfest will be at Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E Commonwealth, Chandler, AZ 85225