written by Julie Lee | featured photo by Erin Berzel
B. J. Smith is amassing a barbeque empire. With the addition of Smokehouse Provisions in Vancouver, his Smokehouse restaurants are now a three-fingered brand, with the perfect smoke ring on each finger. His pleasure-producing brisket, baby backs, hot-links and sides were birthed at his original location in NW Portland, Smokehouse 21, which Smith coins a “dirty little BBQ joint hole in the wall.” The expansion to SE Portland meant both Smith and the restaurant were maturing; Smokehouse Tavern introduced craft cocktails, an expanding menu of smoked meats, and a more chef-driven, upscale dining experience. “Smokehouse Tavern is Smokehouse 21’s classy older brother,” Smith said. His move into Vancouver may pave a path for others to follow, as Portland’s restaurant scene continues its saturated squeeze, and the need for more dining hotspots in Vancouver beckons from across the river. What would he call Smokehouse Provisions, if Smokehouse 21 is the baby and Smokehouse Tavern is the older brother? “I’d call Smokehouse Provisions the father: more mature, a big, beautiful space and full of character.”
8070 E. Mill Plain Blvd. | Vancouver | smokehouseprovisions.com
Housed in a 1915 historic bank building in Shelton is some great Q and brew. Smoking Mo’s is a community backbone with a neighborly vibe. Rotating beer taps quench thirst after licking the signature housemade barbeque sauce off the rib bones. With a special Sunday brunch menu and an impressive Bloody Mary bar, Smoking Mo’s is a fitting place to catch Sunday’s NFL playoff games as teams march toward the granddaddy of them all.
203 W Railroad Ave. | Shelton | smokingmos.com
Pecos Pit Barbecue
Pecos in Seattle offers barbeque for a steal of a deal. Check out the happy hour with $2 slider specials and $4 beers, or get a $6 mini-me sandwich or two. If you are a brisket connoisseur or a fan of slow-smoked pork butt, this is your place. While many barbeque joints offer similar sides, breakouts at Pecos include cowboy caviar with black-eyed peas, avocado and corn and pit beans.
2260 First Ave. S. | Seattle | pecospit.com
Cask & Trotter
If you yearn for an innovative cocktail to pair with a favorite barbeque, Cask & Trotter sounds the horn. This spot has a ritzy spin, offering a chic bar, grilled artichokes for an appetizer and some of the most delicious smoked chicken found anywhere. The house-ground top sirloin burgers are a nice option for those looking beyond traditional barbeque dishes. The bacon gorgonzola burger with grilled onion is a show-stopper.
18411 Hwy 99 | Lynwood | caskandtrotter.com
Country Boy’s BBQ
Country Boy’s BBQ in Cashmere is the pinnacle of Southern rustic barbeque fare. While the pulled pork is a specialty, head straight to a combo plate and try a little bit of everything so you don’t have to choose one dish. Sublime, simple, scrumptious barbeque.
400 Aplets Way | Cashmere | countryboysbbq.com