11 butchers, BBQ spots, and premium sauces in Seattle, WA

These beef roasts wrapped in beef fat from Beast & Cleaver are a must-try.
These beef roasts wrapped in beef fat from Beast & Cleaver are a must-try. | Photo by @beastandcleaver

Are you fired up yet? With July Fourth on the horizon, everyone’s thinking about chillin’ + grillin’ in preparation for the long weekend. Whether you’re organizing a backyard BBQ or want a restaurant to do all the work, Seattle has no shortage of great options for meat-filled platters, great sides + summer-y veggie options. 

Here’s a selection of where to shop + order before those fireworks go off. Let’s get lit.

Neighborhood butchers

Beast and Cleaver, 2362 NW 80th St. | It’s all about local farms + whole animal butchery at this quaint Ballard shop that features premium cuts like dry-aged ribeyes alongside rabbit, grass-fed lamb chops + terrines.

Bob’s Quality Meats, 4861 Rainier Ave. S. | Feeling adventurous? Columbia City’s longtime butcher has been known to carry rare cuts like knuckle bones, with the occasional ground elk patties + gator in the freezer.

The Shambles, 7777 15th Ave. NE | You can come here for a steak dinner and drink, but don’t forget about that well-stocked deli case, which features locally sourced beef, well-marbled wagyu — and even some custom orders if you email far enough ahead of time.

The Swinery, 3207 California Ave. SW | As the name suggests, there’s some top quality pork sourced sustainably at this small West Seattle shop + a daily sandwich menu perfect for packing a picnic lunch. 

Smokin’ restaurants

Emma’s BBQ, 5303 Rainier Ave. S. | The family-run Hillman City restaurant may have some of the best pork ribs around, but don’t forget about those darn fine yams + cornbread to round out a hearty meal.

Lady Jaye, 4523 California Ave. SW | West Seattle’s smokehouse has a chill patio + menu filled with the likes of bulgogi short ribs and smoked bologna sandwiches — plus a monthly butcher’s box if you want to try your own prep.

Lil Red Takeout & Catering, 4225 Rainier Ave S. | Jamaican flavors stand out in this unassuming Columbia City spot — it’s highlighted by stellar jerk chicken, with satisfying sides like rice + beans cooked in coconut milk and deep fried plantains. 

Wood Shop BBQ, 2513 S. Jackson St. | Sawdust Rub is a lot better than it sounds and one of the signature touches that makes this Kansas City-style barbecue joint so hot. For vegetarians, the portobello machaca sandwich is a solid option.

These Murder Hornet sauces come with serious flavor.
Spice, spice baby.There’s some serious flavor in these sauces. | Photo via @murderhornetsauce

 

Don’t forget about that sauce

Coming in “sweet hot” + “mild,” locally made Leon’s BBQ Sauce is an essential for any serious grilling session. If you want something with some more kick, try out the habañero-infused Murder Hornet (in “honey bourbon” + “blood orange”) or Friendly Fire.