Ever 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 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 it 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 April 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 upcoming 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