You Gotta Try Smokin’ Pete’s In Ballard for BBQ

Smokin' Pete's on NW 18th Ave and 65th St NW in BallardEver need BBQ fast?  If you are in Ballard it’s a good idea to stop at Smokin’ Pete’s and pick some up, along with a side of greens, beans, mac n cheese, cornbread muffins…all the fixins.  Their all natural beef brisket (had some today and boy was it ever worth Tables and counters at Smokin' Pete's it!) is smoked for 14 hours, or try the classic Slow Joe pulled pork sandwich.  They have sweet tea, collards, pecan pie, basically “all your southern favorites” and if you call ahead, they’ll have it packed up and ready to go (206-783-0454).

But it’s certainly not just take out as they have a great space painted with enough colorful folk art murals to make Carl behind the counter at Pete'sit a pleasure to sit in there and let the world sift through the filter of a southern afternoon, even though it was a damp Seattle sides are yummy, pictured here Greens and Mac N CheeseApril day outside once I got in there I felt a very different rhythm, and the guys behind the counters were both very southern bar b q ish and somehow really welcoming too.  I’ll be back a lot, just have to make sure it’s not every day!

Julie writes a mean blog too, so check out the website for upcomingPecan Pie, Berry Pie, Carrot Cake, Piggy Cookies... events like live music and the promised May Day Virtual Bar B Q (in which everyone joins in by BBQ-ing at home but then posts what they’re making on the site).    Probably my favorite photo was the hamburger hearts on Valentine’s Day.  I’ll have to try that next year!

It’s pretty impressive that Smokin’ Pete’s has been written up in “The West’s Top 10 BBQ Joints” in Sunset Magazine (2009).  Well, I know I loved the BBQ here, and both the mild and spicy sauce, but since I’m not really an expert on this I took the liberty of pulling a few quotes off Yelp to see what Seattle thinks of this place.  Lookin’ Good, Pete’s!  And here are two reviews from their own selection on the website:

“We just bought our house in the neighborhood because of you guys. We figured having great barbecue in the neighborhood was worth the extra 10K.” — Two new regulars

“We just got back from touring Texas, and we found no brisket better than yours.” — Band member and regular

Smokin Pete's walls brightly painted with wall murals


About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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