Pulled pork is a type of barbecue that involves the slow cooking of pork shoulder, pork butt or other lesser cuts. The meat is cooked long enough so that these traditionally tough cuts of meat become so tender that they can be “pulled” (broken into small individual pieces using two opposing forks.) The meat is then served as part of a plate lunch with rice, coleslaw or other sides or mounded onto a big beautiful roll or bun of your liking with a variety of barbecue sauces. Different regions of the U.S. lay claim to having the best barbecue sauce. Whether it’s the tomato-based Q sauce offered up by Georgia and Tennessee, the vinegar-based sauce hailing from North Carolina or the mustard-based sauce hailing from our neighbors down South, many enjoy them all.
Not sure you are patient enough to make your own slow roasted pulled pork? No worries, these Seattle restaurants started the barbecue hours ago and are ready to serve up whatever style pulled pork you prefer.
The Barbeque Pit
2509 E. Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
There are two things this place is known for: a nice, tangy sauce smothered on the tender pulled pork sandwich and the way the meat practically falls off the slab of ribs from the moment they’re placed in front of you. There’s actually a third reason the Barbeque Pit has such a long list of fans – the joint plays a killer soundtrack featuring old school soul and some classic jazz. These three components make the Barbeque Pit irresistible. Add to it the potato salad or a side of greens, not to mention a slice of the sweet potato pie, and you’ll find it hard to consider going anywhere else to get your BBQ fix.
4225 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
If it were not for the distraction of seeing the large crowds waiting to dig into some of the best pulled pork this city has to offer, you might just drive right past this corrugated tin hut that’s tucked along one of the main roads running through Fremont. You would be wise to pull over and get in line with the other BBQ lovers setting their sights on the Caribbean roast. This succulent sandwich is a slow roasted pork shoulder, which comes bathed in a secret Paseo Marinade. This popular item (along with all of the other tempting offerings here) is “extra-napkin” worthy, and once you bite into one of these saucy sandwiches you’ll be be putting all of those extra napkins to good use.
Pecos Pit BBQ
2260 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
The more tender the pork, the better the sandwich. This is obviously the case at Pecos Pit BBQ. These sandwiches skimp on nothing, there’s plenty of tender pork slathered with plenty of mouthwatering sauce. This sandwich is so tender and saucy that it’s wise to keep your silverware close at hand to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the morsels that end up hitting your plate. The extra hungry (and adventurous) can order the brisket sandwich “spiked” for the extra bonus of a hot link. If your appetite is calling out for a substantial BBQ feast, you’ll have no problem satiating the hungry beast at this BBQ enclave.
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1660 Harbor Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126
Seems like Kamala and Roz, the duo behind the Marination Mobile, enterprise can do no wrong, and with Ma Kai they’ve proven once again that they know how to do barbecue–Hawaiian style. Exhibit one: the Kahlúa Pork Sliders. These tasty little shredded-pork sliders come at you on a soft, warm and irresistible Hawaiian roll. If the smoky pork on a bun wasn’t enough, Ma Kai creates just the right balance of taste and texture with a touch of tangy slaw to finish it off. And at just over two bucks, these sliders are the perfect BBQ treat.
4417 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126
There are as many opinions about who has the best barbeque as there are barbeque sauces. But if you ask Seattleites to name their favorite BBQ restaurant, Jones Barbeque is going to top the list of many, and for good reason. Jones Barbeque has been at the grill so long they have it down to an art form. When the barbequed sandwiches and slabs or ribs hit the table, you know exactly what you are going to get – and it’s going to be delicious. Friendly service and fair prices are just a couple of more reasons why this joint will always rate high among Seattleites.
Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.