Drew Marquis is kind of a big deal in the Northwest barbecue scene. The Oklahoma-born, Tuscany-trained chef and butcher earned a (literally) ravenous fan base in Seattle with his Bootleg Barbecue pop-up, launched in 2020. Unfortunately for the city, Marquis moved down to Oregon in 2021, where he runs Texas-style Grasslands Barbecue, which our buddies at Eater Portland call “easily the best barbecue in the Gorge.”
Fortunately for the meat-eating populace of the Seattle metropolitan area, Marquis occasionally returns to his old stomping grounds and will be back again this weekend, March 10 to 12, at Holy Mountain Brewing, where Marquis held the majority of his events. (The brewery will also be releasing a lager in conjunction with the pop-up, brewed in collaboration with Grasslands.)
Bootleg Barbecue was such a hit that it sometimes spawned hours-long lines, and it would remain open until Marquis ran out of meat, which usually didn’t take very long. So if you want to sample the menu of brisket, pulled pork, pork belly burnt ends, it’s highly recommended that you show up early, maybe with a book to read.
Marquis comes back to Holy Mountain every year, but hopefully 2023 will be a little less eventful than 2022. “Last year our truck broke down right before the event so we had to rent a U-Haul to bring everything up and run it as a pop-up out of the loading dock, “ Marquis says. “Very happy we’ll have our full set-up this year!
The Grasslands Barbecue pop-up will be at Holy Mountain Brewing in Interbay from Friday March 10 to Sunday March 12. 1421 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119