1. Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
This Ballard BBQ joint is known for their smoked brisket and authentic southern side dishes (the cornbread is awesome). They’re also known for their delicious whiskey cocktails to wash those dinners down.
2. Pecos Pit
After watching their patrons endure long lunch lines at their SoDo locations, Pecos Pit has opened a second restaurant in West Seattle. The meat is delicious, but definitely save room for some sides.
3. Bitterroot BBQ
This is one of Ballard’s best known BBQ joints. It’s owned by a couple from Montana who met in college, so there’s a nice Northwest spin on the entrees served there. Side note: Bitterroot is thought by many Seattleites to serve the best bloody mary in the city.
4. Drunky’s Two Shoe BBQ
Located in between Ballard and Fremont, Drunky’s definitely wins the award for best-named restaurant on this list. Some favorite dishes include the hot links and brined-for-days half chicken… and if you’re feeling bold, do yourself the favor of trying some smoked bone marrow. It’s called “God’s butter” on the menu for a reason.
5. The Boar’s Nest
It’s the sauces at this Ballard haunt that make the Texas-inspired menu so amazing. But that doesn’t mean the sauces mask the flavor of the freshly smoked meat—they only enhance it.
6. Jack’s BBQ
Located in south Seattle on Airport Way, Jack’s was voted Best BBQ in Seattle in 2015 and 2016 by Seattle Weekly. Try their buttermilk hush puppies and their brisket and see if you agree.
7. Bourbon & Bones
Yum! This Fremont-based BBQ joint was founded by a North Carolina native who brought his personal fried chicken recipe with him when he moved to the Pacific Northwest. Try the slow-smoked pork shoulder and house-made andouille sausage, and don’t forget to wash it down with some whiskey.
8. Cask & Trotter
Cask & Trotter’s delicious BBQ is served in a cozy but somewhat upscale setting at their South Lake Union location. They serve a whopping 11 different kinds of sliders and an amazing selection of smoked meats.
9. Brileys BBQ & Grill
Did we save the best for last? Maybe. You’ll have to head north to Lake Forest Park to enjoy this casual roadside eatery, but rest assured, it will be worth it. The menu offers Louisiana BBQ with a mouthwatering selection of sides, like gumbo and hushpuppies.