Update: Sadly, after three and a half years of serving delicious smokey southern style BBQ in San Tan Valley, AZ, local restaurant Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ announced on their FaceBook page on March 8th, 2021, that they are closing their doors. The news was undoubtedly a blow to locals and visitors who enjoyed this little gem BBQ joint in STV. After sharing the unfortunate announcement, the owners did give fans a glimmer of hope by referencing their return to the food truck space.
We’ll keep an eye out for Homer’s progress on FB @homerssmokehouse and hope for the best, meaning, savoring some mouth-watering BBQ shortly again!
If you head East out of Queen Creek on Ocotillo, you’ll find Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ on the corner of Ocotillo and Meridian. Technically you’ve wondered just outside the Queen Creek city limits and entered San Tan Valley, AZ. Homer’s offers a Southern-style BBQ experience and does it well.
We had family in town the first time we tried Homer’s, and sometimes (not often) we don’t feel like firing up the grill. To be honest, if it weren’t for the fantastic reviews on Google and Yelp, we would have likely just chilled out in the backyard drinking our favorite local beer and playing the boombox. Ha! Fine, we would’ve been fighting over playlists that were streaming via WiFi through our wireless speaker system.
Anyhow, we were undoubtedly influenced by the local reviews and decided to see what all the fuss was about. So we jumped in the car and drove to Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ…here’s what we ordered:
– 2lbs of Sliced Brisket
– 2lbs of Shredded Pork
– Super Loaded Fries Fried in Duck Fat
– 16 ounces of Potato Salad
– 16 ounces of BBQ Beans
– 16 ounces of Coleslaw
– 6 Slices of Texas Toast
– 6 Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls
We brought the food home and kept it warm in the oven for a couple of hours until we were ready to go at it. Which brings me to an important point, Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ is open from 11 -7 Wednesday through Saturday, and will close early if/when they sell out. So we were being proactive and made sure we got the goods before they sold out.
The overall consensus was positive. I preferred the shredded pork, but honestly enjoyed everything we ordered. The smokey flavor was prominent, and all the sides were allowed to shine without a heavy dose of sodium. I have found that many BBQ joints like salt, a lot of salt. Homer’s lets the food do the talking, and lets the user do the salting. The meats were tender and the BBQ sauce did its job by staying out of the way. It’s a light sauce that accompanies the meat and fries nicely. In conclusion, the reviews were spot on in this case. At the time of this post, the Google reviews show a 4.8 star rating.
Stay tuned for more articles on Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ as other World Of Arizona contributors weigh in.