In the late 1800s, thousands of Texans struck it rich when they tapped into veins of thick, dark, tangy barbecue sauce (as chronicled in the Oscar-winning film There Will Be Sauce). Today's Groupon gives you the chance to taste this natural bounty while it's still hot from the earth: for $10, you get $20 worth of smoky down-home-style barbecue and other toothsome fare from The Notorious P.I.G.. Go ear-deep in ribs at either of the two Phoenix locations—at the Desert Ridge Marketplace or near the Shadow Mountain Preserve—or travel east to their Mesa location. This Groupon is for dine-in only and is not valid with happy hour or any other offers.
Each slab, slice, and link of Notorious’s meat spends three days tenderizing, flavorizing, and smokifying itself for you. Rubbed down in a secret mixture of spices, this barbecue mellows before diving into a pecan and mesquite-fired smoker for hour after hour of soaking in a veritable taste sauna. Cooked slowly overnight, it then falls apart tenderly on your plate in the form of delicious dishes such the eponymous Notorious P.I.G. sandwich, a massive pile of pulled pork topped Carolina style with blue-cheese coleslaw ($10), and the more traditional Texan, chopped brisket layered between thick slices of Texas toast ($10). Meaty platters of barbecued jalapeño sausage, pulled chicken, and hot links ($15 for all three meats) and wise-cracking full racks of loin back ribs redolent of paprika and brown sugar ($19) fulfill your belly's wildest dreams without having to fund its get-rich-quick schemes. If you're not in the mood for barbecue, reach no further than a catfish po’ boy ($9). Vegetarians can breathe a sigh of relief, since assorted grilled vegetables (with red-pepper dip, $6) get equal quantities of care from the meat makers.
Attention-shunning sides and sauces such as cheese grits and mac ‘n’ cheese ($4 each) are made the right way with heavy cream, and each simmering pot of beans gets smoked with the same time-biding process as the meat. The Notorious P.I.G. has pinned men, women, children, and domesticated animals to their chairs with the toothsome weight of its barbecue every year since that mysterious meateor crashed into the Arizona desert. Measured in meat, that's more than 10,000,000 pound-years of service.
The Notorious P.I.G. has been reviewed by azcentral.com, and the site also recently featured an article about Notorious P.I.G.'s expansion. More than 100 Urbanspooners recommend eating there, and more than 100 IDiners give it 3.8 stars. Yelpers at the Thunderbird Rd. location are polarized about the sauce, with a 2.5-star average. The Tatum Blvd. shop received three stars, and three Yelpers gave the Mesa locale 3.5 stars:
- The thicker-than-usual meat is tender, and the crunchy, golden-brown breading is first-rate. – Nikki Buchanan, azcentral.com
- The brisket and hush puppies were delicious and the kitchen is open so you can watch them pull tender meat right out of the smoker! – Ashlee W, Urbanspoon
- Sat in the bar, and had a great dinner. Pulled pork platter was excellent. – B W, IDine