Chuck’s Hole in the Wall Barbecue
215 James St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Chuck’s Hole in the Wall BBQ, two-time winner of the Washington State BBQ Championship, has served hungry Seattleites since 1989. The father and son team of Chuck and John Forsyth re-imagine traditional BBQ, offering healthier options by hand processing meat to remove excess fat and never using preservatives or food coloring. The restaurant, which features meats smoked with cherry and oak for 16-plus hours, offers pulled pork, smoked meatloaf (Mondays only), smoked turkey, hand-sliced brisket, chicken and hot links, pork ribs (Wednesdays and Fridays) and not-to-miss chili. While this venue is only open Monday through Friday for lunch, the fare is always newly smoked and Chuck’s signature homemade Bullwhacker BBQ sauce is made fresh daily. Sides include coleslaw, smoked beans and cornbread.
210 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Don’t let the food truck home of this food fool you. If you’re looking for comfort food barbecue, Pinky’s Kitchen should top your list. Pinky’s calls its fare “barbecue-inspired comfort food,” and offerings include homemade Andouille sausages, spice rubbed chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Its “Caveman Salad” includes smoked meat atop coleslaw, while its sandwich selection includes fried catfish, fried chicken, and Makers Mark-sauced pulled pork. Pinky’s also offers meat by the pound, mac ‘n cheese bowls and sides, including shoestring onions, cornbread and braised greens with raisins and caramelized onions.
Uncle Mike’s Barbecue
9640 16th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
Uncle Mike’s Barbecue offers vegetarian options for barbecue lovers. Entrees include beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and tofu with mushrooms and veggies on rice. Southern dishes include meatloaf, oxtail, fried chicken and smothered pork chops, all served with cornbread and either rice with gravy or mashed potatoes with gravy. Sandwiches include beef brisket, pulled pork, tofu with mushrooms and vegetables and the “queen’s delight,” which features eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and mushrooms with a barbecue mayonnaise sauce. From classic Southern fare to vegetarian dishes, Uncle Mike’s provides a range of meal options that are sure to please every member of the family.
Pig Iron Barbecue
5602 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98018
If you come to the Pig Iron Barbecue, you’ll have to begin with the starters, including fried green tomatoes with jalapeno buttermilk sauce, sweet potato fries and cheddar and bacon-stuffed roasted jalapenos. Once you’ve whet your appetite, continue on with one of the famous sandwiches, including barbecue catfish, smoked sausage and sweet peppers, pulled pork and fried green tomato. Barbecue plates include ribs, smoked sausage and beef brisket. Sides include smoky beans, mashed potato salad, cornbread dressing with gravy and jalapeno spinach casserole. Pig Iron also serves fresh-squeezed limeade, cherry limeade, sweet tea, alcoholic beverages and ice cream floats.
The Boar’s Nest
2008 N.W. 56th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
The Boar’s Nest, located in the Ballard area of Seattle, provides a warm Southern atmosphere and even more heat in its delectable cuisine (including its ultra-hot roasted habanero sauce). The Boar’s Nest features Southern flavors and staples that will make you question your latitude, but never your palate. Sandwiches include smoked sausage, fried chicken and BBQ pulled pork; and sides include baked beans, collard greens, fried mac ‘n cheese and fried pickles. “Field Roast” sausage is also available for vegetarians. If you’re hankering for Southern-inspired BBQ and ambiance, mosey on over to the Boar’s Nest.
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