Disclaimer: I'm from NC, BBQ capital of the world with not one but two unique BBQ styles; Eastern NC and Lexington Style. I was curious as to what I might find in the center of Arizona's largest city as it relates to BBQ. Now, the best BBQ places in my state are not fancy and as a matter of fact, they're quite informal and have very limited menu offerings because after all, they're world renowned for their pork.
When I walked into Honey Bear's I was comfortable with the atmosphere. I caught it just after the lunch hours had ended and I had the entire restaurant to myself. I decided to try the most expensive combination they offered since I really wanted to get a good sampling in order to compare it what we're famous for. I was duly impressed. I actually preferred their sauces to those that are offered at home. On the pulled pork sandwich, the sauce was thicker and there are a couple of different choices in the heat level from which to choose. They also offer Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce if you want to put some extra tang to your thang. I actually prefer Texas Pete, but that's a different debate. The ribs were cooked to perfection with the sauce added on top. Personally, I finish cooking mine with brushed on sauce to get a little extra flavor but that's a minor point.
Overall, it was an enjoyable visit and the explain that I was from out of town and wanted to learn about their style of BBQ as opposed to what I had become accustomed. She was just a dud. However, the food was tasty. I'll visit again if I'm ever back in Phoenix.