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Honey Bear's BBQ

Honey Bear's BBQ

BBQ Joint
2824 N Central Ave (at Thomas), Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Honey Bear's BBQ is well known for the secret Tennessee barbecue flavors and sauces which have been handed down through generations for over 50 years... Honey Bears BBQ has become one of the most talked about restaurants in Arizona, and one that has changed the way Arizonians eat BBQ!


Based on 76 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Garrett K.
    "BEST Bbq in town!! know the family and they are awesome people."(2 Tips)
    Thomas H.
    "Get the Large BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and dine-in for extra sauce!"(2 Tips)
    Jared B.
    "Rib tips on Fridays are the win."(4 Tips)
    Phoenix New Times
    "mesquite-smoked ribs and chicken"(4 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • peach cobbler
  • mac & cheese
  • good service
  • good for a quick meal
  • cole slaw
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • casual
  • discounts
  • chicken
  • BBQ sauce
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • honey
  • soft drinks
  • light rail
  • Cheearra E.

    Try The Iced Tea. It's Delicious & Refreshing!

    Cheearra Esquerra · December 22, 2014
  • Cheearra E.

    Try The Combo Number One With Coleslaw & A Soft Drink.

    Cheearra Esquerra · December 22, 2014
  • Phoenix New Times

    Childhood friends and business partners Mark Smith and Gary Clark grew up together in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but brought their beautiful barbecue skills to lucky Arizonans. Read more

    Phoenix New Times · August 5, 2014
  • Phoenix New Times

    Honey Bear's mesquite-smoked ribs and chicken, doused in a sweet-hot, Tennessee-style barbecue sauce, are deliciously tender, practically falling off the bone. Read more

    Phoenix New Times · August 5, 2014
  • Ashley T.

    Yummy!!! Love the sauce

    Ashley Torrez · May 10, 2014
  • Aanya B.

    Got value meal 2, was not bad. However, the buns got soggy too fast. The bathroom was disgustingly dirty. Had a certificate. Don't think I'd pay full price.

    Aanya Bananya · February 22, 2014
  • Connie H.

    The peach cobbler is well worth getting. And You get a heaping amt. The beans had too much of a ketchup taste. I would pass on these.

    Connie Houser · September 2, 2013
  • MARC C.

    I love the barbecue sauce here, delicious!

    MARC CHATOW · August 9, 2013
  • Marilyn M V.

    The meats where dry and chewy. I'll try the ribs next. Cornbread was yummy!

    Marilyn M Visconto · April 3, 2013
  • J S.

    This place sucks now

    J Soto · March 7, 2013
  • Garrett K.

    BEST Bbq in town!! know the family and they are awesome people. Get everything cause its all good.

    Garrett Kidd · February 16, 2013
  • Sean R.

    The staff is friendly and the owners are always plesant. The BBQ is great and affortable. The best time to go is on Fridays when they have their BBQ wings special.

    Sean Roeker · February 13, 2013
  • Laura C.

    What happened to their 4sq checkin special: a free side? Its the little things, Honey Bs!!

    Laura Cafiso · February 13, 2013
  • Irish eyes

    Great BBQ!

    Irish eyes · October 5, 2012
  • Pierce G.

    Stay away from the mac & cheese.

    Pierce G · August 10, 2012
  • Roselle C.

    Great 4square friends/newbie discount

    Roselle Cavaleri · August 3, 2012
  • TLP

    RC to drink!

    TLP · April 21, 2012
  • Danny P.

    If you are undecided try value meal #2 and ask to have them with all three meats! Yum. And don't forget the BBQ sauce.

    Danny Pena · April 13, 2012
  • Michael A.

    Check out new tables!

    Michael Astemborski · April 12, 2012
  • Jeff S.

    The BBQ sauce has a good kick to it. Dip your food in it.

    Jeff S · December 6, 2011
  • Jared B.

    Rib tips on Fridays are the win. Plus the Mac and cheese is awesome

    Jared Bennett · November 12, 2011
  • Justin S.

    They have Big Red cream soda on tap at the fountain!

    Justin Stewart-Maynard · November 9, 2011
  • Susan C.

    Thu, Fri, Sat CATFISH! Yum!

    Susan Crawford · August 12, 2011
  • David L.

    For a healthy alternative, chicken salad is decent, and a good size; they'll let you put bbq sauce on it. Chicken here isn't the highest quality but bbq sauce is great.

    David LaSpaluto · August 4, 2011
  • David L.

    Watch for Groupons; I didn't have any problem using it, though employees were still learning how to apply it.

    David LaSpaluto · August 4, 2011
  • Marc W.

    Lame. Be wary of buying groupons. They poat offer and dont leave scanner for employees to scan. Then they say they cant use although u already bought thw offer. Plus meat was Cold. Very Disappointed.

    Marc Wendell · July 21, 2011
  • Kevin B.

    Pulled pork sandwich with the sauce is a winner

    Kevin B · June 21, 2011
  • Adam F.

    If the moon was made out of these spare ribs...I'd eat it.

    Adam Fuller · June 4, 2011
  • Thomas H.

    Get the Large BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and dine-in for extra sauce!

    Thomas Hunsaker · January 9, 2011
  • Dustin D.

    great bbq! Hotlinks are tasty! Read more

    Dustin Day · November 18, 2010
  • Steven G.

    Try the sweet potato tater tots - pretty darn good and better for you (well... slightly better)

    Steven Groves · November 15, 2010
  • Phoenix New Times

    2010 Best of Phoenix Winner: Best BBQ Sauce! There's no flavor in town quite like Honey Bear's thin but sticky sauce — sweet but tangy and mighty addicting. Read more

    Phoenix New Times · November 12, 2010
  • Leah S.

    Famous for their BBQ sandwiches. Right off the light rail so it's perfect for lunch- Be ready for lines around 11. You will fall in love with their sauce- which they sell by the gallon.

    Leah Starr · September 15, 2010

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