The Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly known for its Southern cuisine. That said, Seattle has several places that pay proper respect to the pit. Our list of the best barbecue in Seattle includes Jones Barbeque, Pecos Pit, Pig Iron, Longhorn and RoRo BBQ.


Jones Barbeque

Multiple locations, check their website

Some may question the way Jones Barbeque heavily ladels on their sauce, slathering their ribs and chopped pork sandwiches with it. They must be doing something right, they’ve managed to open three restaurants on the strength of that sauce.


RoRo BBQ (formerly Rowdy Cowgirl)

3620 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

For sandwiches, we suggest the pulled pork and brisket. Definitely sample the mac & cheese and their unique take on cole slaw. RoRo’s has a unique ambience we like (classic cartoons play on the TV). And where else, exactly, can you get a BBQ sundae? That’s pulled pork or brisket layered with beans, slaw and pickles served in a to-go cup.

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Pecos Pit BBQ

2260 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
No website

Pecos Pit is a shack in a parking lot. There’s no dining room (naturally). It isn’t open for dinner. So go for lunch, get it to go (or eat at the nearby picnic tables), and dive in to some of the spiciest BBQ in town. In fact, you may be better off getting the medium sauce, at least the first time you try it. We can’t say it enough: it’s very spicy stuff.

Pig Iron Bar-B-Q

5602 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

This place rocks!  Slow cooked and coddled local and natural meats coupled with a decor of cozy colors, Southern style decor and a passion for hot rods and motorcycles.  To wash down the perfectly tender vittles, you can choose from a selection of ice cold beers or even mason jars filled with sweet tea or cherry limeade.  What time is it? Time to pig out at the Pig Iron!

Longhorn Barbecue

635 C st. SW
Auburn, WA 98001

Since 1956 Longhorn Barbecue has been serving up beautiful cuts of meat cooked low and slow Texas style.  They’ve recently gone “back to basics” and reopened the restaurant for both lunch and dinner.  Ribs, chicken, sausage, beef and pork are all showcased at the Longhorn.