Barbecue Smith

Written by on December 28, 2017 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Maple Leaf neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

How I heard of this place: We have some good friends who love BBQ, maybe more than my husband. We have been on a mission, with their company, to sample the newest and “best” in the city. This was the third they kept hidden from us until we had the opportunity to schedule a date for dinner.

Type of cuisine:Jason Jacobs was a plumber who finally ditched his day job this summer to follow his hickory-smoked dream. Some impressive Central Texas-style briskets, fatty cuts with a pronounced smokiness. The restaurant often sells out by 8 p.m. Ribs are your next best option. That his business partner is the owner of Chuck’s Hop Shop didn’t hurt. The smoke house boasts a stellar craft-beer list to wash down that finger-licking barbecue.

Ambiance: A small parking lot is available for patrons, sitting adjacent to the large, tin-roofed smoke-house, where the smell of meats come streaming forth before even entering the establishment.

Enter to find a bright, yellow room, especially vibrant on this grey Seattle afternoon. Barquette and intimate seating just beyond a small lobby, complete with bench for those awaiting a table on more busy evenings.

We continued along the center path, winding back towards a second dining area, with limited booth seating, warm wooden tones and lighting,

and towards the order counter and kitchen.

Just beyond, if you feel the need to explore farther, you will find a smaller, metallic room at the back, where more of a bar environment can be seen.

Back in the main dining area, a small counter where one can find a variety of hot sauces,

ice-cold water and unsweetened Sweet Tea (complimentary).

What I ordered: Excited to be here, we were ready to dig right in (just look at the menu!), but reserved some items for next time.

This time, we shared a family style meal of Brisket ($23 per pound),

Pulled Pork ($19 per pound)

and a Full Rack of Ribs ($27 per pound).

We rounded out our meal with a selection of sides ($4 each), including Mac & Cheese, Creamy Cole Slaw, Collard Greens, Beans & Brisket, and Chuck’s Mom’s Kimchi.

What I loved: The rumors are not to be doubted, as the brisket truly melts in your mouth, stealing the show. Our table was such a huge fan of the ribs, touting that they may be the best in Seattle (on our tour), thus needing to order another half rack before we called it a night. The mac and cheese and cole slaw were wonderful and creamy, the collards also some of the best we had had to date.

Why I loved it: A clean space, friendly staff, and food that goes down easy. I also love that the sweet tea is complimentary, but wish it lived up to its name.

Cost: Average to high ($13 – $17 per plate of meat selection with two sides)

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