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Bitterroot BBQ

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
  • Benjamin O.
    "Get the Cowboy Killer to try it all."(3 Tips)
    Sydneh P.
    "The mac n cheese and pulled pork sandwich were amazing!"(8 Tips)
    Aviv S.
    "The brisket is amazing and by far the best in Seattle."(6 Tips)
    Pieter S.
    "Awesome new bbq in Ballard."(2 Tips)
68 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • Southern food
  • whiskey
  • brisket
  • mac & cheese
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 21, 2013
    No better place to go for barbecue in Ballard than this hot spot. Don't skip out on the sides, especially the pulled-pork nachos and Buffalo chicken livers. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Ruxpin o.
    Ruxpin on the RoadMarch 12, 2012
    6 weeks old, this place has already worked out any kinks. Try sneaking a bottle of the sweet bbq sauce into your purse. You know, to put pour onto things at home (meatloaf, chicken, cereal....)? Mmmm.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BoyceJune 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great BBQ, great drafts and amazing burning and whiskey. $5 pulled pork or braised beef sandwich for happy hour. Fried chicken on Thursdays! Try it! Try it all!
  • Joey B.
    Joey BrantleyOctober 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I got their Mac & Cheese both times I came here and it is incredible! Added bacon and chili to mine. So good!
  • Denise F.
    Denise FOctober 28, 2016
    Delicious meat, service is good, nice place, grits are amazing, skip chosing the cornbread. Good sauces available to try.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MilamNovember 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    BBQ is decent, Mac and cheese is amazing! Get the cornbread too. Good selection of whiskies and bourbons in the small, quiet bar in the back.
  • Soren L.
    Soren LaulainenJune 13, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the BBQ nachos and wash em down with a ballardmaker: bartenders choice pairing of bourbon and beer. Oh and spike your drink with bacon jerky.
  • Greg Y.
    Greg YardleyFebruary 2, 2015
    Probably the best Bloody Mary in the Ballard area - thick, spicy and well-garnished. Great whiskey selection. Barbecue is alright but it's no Texas.
  • Stefan
    StefanApril 16, 2015
    Full menu served at the bar in the back. There's a high chance you will find an empty spot there.
  • Keri H.
    Keri HelenJuly 8, 2013
    Great staff, great menu. Mac & Cheese with pulled pork? Do yourself a favor and order it!
  • Pieter S.
    Pieter SalverdaJanuary 29, 2012
    Awesome new bbq in Ballard. Whole chicken and brisket was plenty for group of 4. Great cocktails and old Rasputin stout on Nitro. Yum
  • Lyndsey L.
    Lyndsey LNovember 30, 2014
    A good attempt on Ballard's part for a BBQ joint, but it's just a little too swanky. Decent food, but the atmosphere, service, and bold dishes kill any shot this place had at being "authentic"
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline MoyJanuary 28, 2013
    The non-alcoholic drink options are awesome, especially the Squirly Shirley with smoked grenadine.
  • Taylor W.
    Taylor WinnSeptember 3, 2015
    Amazing little gem of a place. Great cocktails and really great food served till 1am.
  • Hilary B.
    Hilary BeamMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Full menu and late night happy hour til 1 am, the best late night food in Ballard!
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GreatorexSeptember 16, 2012
    The beef brisket was amazing! Loved the corn on the cob too! The baked beans... eh they were ok.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BowersAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They'll text you when a table becomes available on busy nights! Oh, and the food is great. To drink, try the Montana Manhattan.
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FanApril 1, 2012
    Sides are all tasty! Creamy grits, perfectly braised greens, and baked beans were the best.
  • Aviv S.
    Aviv SternJanuary 7, 2013
    The brisket is amazing and by far the best in Seattle. They use a naval cut.
  • Holly T.
    Holly TuckerMay 14, 2015
    Great happy hour! Try the pulled pork sandwich and the old fashioned. Excellent!
  • Katie L.
    Katie LawrenceApril 13, 2012
    The cornbread with honey butter is $2 at happy hour and basically crack in bread form. Get two.
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FanApril 1, 2012
    Order of BBQ tastiness, descending: beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly, chicken.
  • Yatharth G.
    Yatharth GuptaJune 29, 2013
    Texas Style BBQ, Pulled Pork Sandwich is awesome :) Get drinks at the Gerald on the other side of the road.
  • Josh J.
    Josh JohnsonJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork sammich is AWESOME! Have one w/the mustard, YUM!! Ribs are mighty tasty too!!
  • Haley B.
    Haley BrownJune 24, 2013
    Did not live up to all the hype I read in Seattle Magazine. Cocktails are original & tasty but the fare left much to be desired, especially for the price. Pete's in Fremont is consistently better.
  • Benjamin O.
    Benjamin OlswangMarch 14, 2013
    Get the Cowboy Killer to try it all. Be sure to add a Mac and Cheese.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DavisDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    BBQ Pork sandwich is awesome, especially at happy hour which starts again at 11pm
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VNovember 6, 2014
    Great staff, enjoyed the good as well
  • brian w.
    brian waldropFebruary 3, 2013
    Ugh. Still searching for bbq. Key is to perfect cooking one animal and one sauce. With no more than 3 side options.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LeeNovember 3, 2012
    Braised beef sandwich was one of the best things I have tasted in my life.
  • Dominic M.
    Dominic MarionAugust 25, 2013
    Got the biscuts and maple pork belly - like pork belly on a lollipop!
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea ShearerJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the fried chicken on Thursdays, plenty to share the plate.
  • Ivan S.
    Ivan StorckOctober 13, 2013
    Enormous Mac and Cheese with any of 6 mixins!
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJuly 7, 2012
    The mac and cheese is enormous. Enough for 2 to share and still be full. Also, the corn bread is burnt and not worth the $$.
  • Sydneh P.
    Sydneh ParkerSeptember 9, 2015
    The mac n cheese and pulled pork sandwich were amazing!
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WuDecember 10, 2013
    Good cocktails and excellent selection of whiskeys.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanDecember 10, 2014
    Got the cowboy killer and was mostly disappointed. All meats lacked any flavor. The ribs tasted like they smoked it lightly for an hour then tossed it on the grill to cook quickly which made it dry
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FanApril 1, 2012
    Cowboy Killer is a LOT. Enough for two, or maybe three.
  • Alicia P.
    Alicia PadovichFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sazerac! Beef brisket! Brussel sprouts, baked beans, GRITS! Heaven.
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth Burr ReedyFebruary 18, 2012
    Collard greens! Collard greens collard greens collard greens!
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MartineauApril 24, 2016
    The nachos are loaded with flavor and have a Korean twist of flavor
  • Kristie B.
    Kristie BrooksAugust 25, 2013
    Get the house-made fireball whiskey. (Fire extinguisher not required.)
  • Benson K.
    Benson KalaharJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Brisket, greens, gritz, and whisky FTW.
  • Matt
    MattMay 20, 2013
    Pecan pie topped with whiskey, amazing!
  • G M.
    G MDecember 31, 2012
    They have a whole part of the menu devoted to Mac and cheese!
  • Michelle N.
    Michelle NgJuly 3, 2015
    BBQ is OK. Would have gone back again if it wasn't for the poor cleanliness. 3 of our dishes had gobs of gross dried food stuck to them. Staff weren't all that concerned.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SharpMarch 23, 2013
    Great pulled pork, burgers and pecan pie.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BreunichNovember 15, 2015
    Amazing Manhattan with cinnamon bitters
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan MillerAugust 4, 2013
    Mac'n Cheese with bacon lardons mmmmm
  • Eric G.
    Eric GreeneJanuary 9, 2013
    The Bitter Butter Bourbon will warm your soul.
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