West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse blends Southern tastes and hospitality

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Christian Brantley said his family started West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse in Chandler on a whim.

The family had come to Arizona from Jackson, Tennessee—where they began the first West Alley BBQ location—to visit a family member when they heard about Chandler’s annual BBQ and Beer Festival.

Brantley said they decided to enter and stayed up for several days preparing.

“We were grilling out of my brother’s house,” Brantley said. “But we all thoroughly enjoyed it; it was such a good time even though no one had any sleep. We had an amazing day out there.”

They then got in touch with a landlord in downtown Chandler, and the rest is history. The restaurant opened just over two years ago in downtown Chandler.

“It’s crazy how just a little bit of work and coming out here for a vacation turned into where we are now,” he said.

The family-owned business got its start in Brantley’s home state of Tennessee about eight years ago with pit boss Jim Dandy, who has been barbecuing for more than 40 years. The smoked meats are at the heart of the restaurant’s menu, Brantley said, but the Southern charm and hospitality is at the heart of the business.

“We pride ourselves on customer service,” Brantley said. “We love that we have great food, but what we love more is that we always give the best customer service possible, and Southern hospitality is what we are going for. We are a family-owned business, and we want it to feel that way.”

Brantley said he has gone from not knowing where on a map Chandler was to loving the city and its residents.

“I went from, ‘I don’t know what Chandler is; let’s take a visit,’ to loving it,” Brantley said. “Ever since then, the community has been amazing; the city has supported us so much.”


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