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Bitterroot BBQ

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BoyceJune 22, 2013
    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!
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • Lyndsey N.
    Lyndsey NNovember 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"
  • Joey B.
    Joey BrantleyOctober 29, 2015
    I got their Mac & Cheese both times I came here and it is incredible! Added bacon and chili to mine. So good!
  • 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.
  • Soren L.
    Soren LaulainenJune 13, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline MoyJanuary 28, 2013
    The non-alcoholic drink options are awesome, especially the Squirly Shirley with smoked grenadine.
  • Keri H.
    Keri HelenJuly 8, 2013
    Great staff, great menu. Mac & Cheese with pulled pork? Do yourself a favor and order it!
  • 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.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BowersAugust 12, 2013
    They'll text you when a table becomes available on busy nights! Oh, and the food is great. To drink, try the Montana Manhattan.
  • 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.
  • Mirek N.
    Mirek NowakJuly 5, 2015
    While the BBQ was alright, it might have been tainted due to the dirty dishes (yup, sent back 3) and the poor service.
  • 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 $$.
  • 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
    Sides are all tasty! Creamy grits, perfectly braised greens, and baked beans were the best.
  • 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
    Full menu and late night happy hour til 1 am, the best late night food in Ballard!
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FanApril 1, 2012
    Order of BBQ tastiness, descending: beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly, chicken.
  • Holly T.
    Holly TuckerMay 14, 2015
    Great happy hour! Try the pulled pork sandwich and the old fashioned. Excellent!
  • Aviv S.
    Aviv SternJanuary 7, 2013
    The brisket is amazing and by far the best in Seattle. They use a naval cut.
  • Benjamin O.
    Benjamin OlswangMarch 14, 2013
    Get the Cowboy Killer to try it all. Be sure to add a Mac and Cheese.
  • Josh J.
    Josh JohnsonJanuary 17, 2012
    Pulled pork sammich is AWESOME! Have one w/the mustard, YUM!! Ribs are mighty tasty too!!
  • Dan L.
    Dan LeeNovember 3, 2012
    Braised beef sandwich was one of the best things I have tasted in my life.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DavisDecember 1, 2013
    BBQ Pork sandwich is awesome, especially at happy hour which starts again at 11pm
  • 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.
  • Dominic M.
    Dominic MarionAugust 25, 2013
    Got the biscuts and maple pork belly - like pork belly on a lollipop!
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VNovember 6, 2014
    Great staff, enjoyed the good as well
  • Sydneh P.
    Sydneh ParkerSeptember 9, 2015
    The mac n cheese and pulled pork sandwich were amazing!
  • G M.
    G MDecember 31, 2012
    They have a whole part of the menu devoted to Mac and cheese!
  • Ivan S.
    Ivan StorckOctober 13, 2013
    Enormous Mac and Cheese with any of 6 mixins!
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FanApril 1, 2012
    Cowboy Killer is a LOT. Enough for two, or maybe three.
  • Kaitlin M.
    The nachos are loaded with flavor and have a Korean twist of flavor
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea ShearerJanuary 3, 2014
    Get the fried chicken on Thursdays, plenty to share the plate.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WuDecember 10, 2013
    Good cocktails and excellent selection of whiskeys.
  • Kristie B.
    Kristie BrooksAugust 25, 2013
    Get the house-made fireball whiskey. (Fire extinguisher not required.)
  • Alicia P.
    Alicia PadovichFebruary 26, 2012
    Sazerac! Beef brisket! Brussel sprouts, baked beans, GRITS! Heaven.
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth Burr ReedyFebruary 18, 2012
    Collard greens! Collard greens collard greens collard greens!
  • Matt
    MattMay 20, 2013
    Pecan pie topped with whiskey, amazing!
  • Benson K.
    Benson KalaharJuly 6, 2015
    Brisket, greens, gritz, and whisky FTW.
  • Pavel B.
    Pavel BMarch 18, 2014
    Kicking boot whiskey kitchen is a better option for BBQ
  • Seth V.
    Seth VartyJanuary 29, 2012
    1/2 rack of baby back ribs + 2 sides makes for a great meal
  • Eric G.
    Eric GreeneJanuary 9, 2013
    The Bitter Butter Bourbon will warm your soul.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BreunichNovember 15, 2015
    Amazing Manhattan with cinnamon bitters
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan MillerAugust 4, 2013
    Mac'n Cheese with bacon lardons mmmmm
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