Writing about Seattle barbecue means that you have to preface everything with, “Seattle isn’t known for its barbecue...” or “Though not a traditional barbecue hub...” Look, we know Seattle doesn’t have the barbecue tradition of cities like Kansas City or Austin. But we hate badmouthing our own town, and it’s not like the Seattle isn’t blessed with great meat or doesn’t have the technological sophistication necessary to smoke brisket. We have plenty of smokehouses and barbecue spots doing great work. Here are nine of our favorites, as usual not ranked but organized geographically.
Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing email@example.com. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.
(Note: This list sticks to restaurants serving American-style barbecue. Some of the many great Japanese and Korean barbecue restaurants in the Seattle area can be found on Eater Seattle’s Japanese and Korean cuisine maps.)
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