Seattle >Food & Dining > Pecos Pit Bbq
Tasty, sloppy joe-style sandwiches get messy--but they're worth it..
Husband-and-wife team Debra and Ronald Wise are still having fun, even though they opened their tiny takeout barbecue joint way back in 1980. Debra's the smiling face at the order counter; Ron's in back scooping the goods onto buns. This lunch-only spot fills up with workers and baseball fans before a matinee game, but the lines keep moving steadily along.
Dainty food this is not. It isn't for folks who mind a mess; it's for those who seek one. Ham, hot links and shredded beef and pork get the sweet-smoke treatment with three levels of heat. The meat is heaped between, next to and around big, oniony buns that wilt from the sauce--in a good way. Grab a side of beans, a pile of napkins and a soda, and head to the picnic tables to chow down.
Best BBQ in Seattle - most other places too.
I've been coming here since 1992 and I still love eating a Hot Pecos Beef, side spiked w/ beans more than anything else I've ever had. It is just amazing food and I'm so glad we've had them here all this time. With warm, friendly owners too - Pecos Rules!! Also you can buy big packs to take home and have your own Pecos party.
To the very few who have had negative things to say about Pecos you need to understand that there are many styles of BBQ out there. There is a big difference between not liking a particular style and doing a poor job representing that style. For what it's worth I've never heard a Texan tell me anything bad about Pecos. Texas is all about brisket and Pecos has got it down.
Totally awesome. This place is quite the find. Finally a hot sauce that's actually hot. My mouth was burning off and I was loving every minute of it. I'd definitely return to this Seattle lunchtime hotspot located just a few blocks south of Safeco Field and Qwest Field. I'd be the perfect dining option for a pre-matinee game. Lack of parking and long line was solved with quick, simple service. Outdoor seating was ample, but I can see how it poses a problem in the winter months. Make sure you get a hot link and baked beans with whatever sandwich you order. You won't regret it.
I wish it was open in the summer before M's games. I have been called, at both AT&T Wireless and elsewhere (where I used to work) the guru of BBQ. I think I've tried most of them .. and many in Texas as well. Is there any doubt that Pecos Pit is the best west of the Pecos? You might have to wait, seating can be cold, but hot DANG! That Q is GOOO OOOD! Dony'all wish you could take some into the M's games on a nice July evening? LADIES! How 'bout it!?!
Damn Good BBQ.
Ordering at Pecos Pit
They've only got ~ 5 items on the menu but they're all really good ... the best part about the experience (other than the food) is ordering ... did you ever see the Seinfeld episode with the soup Nazi? ... well there's a special way of ordering your food at Pecos too.
To ensure that your order is fulfilled as efficiently and properly as possible, one should be prepared with "sandwich, sauce hotness level, quantity of sauce, sides, location of sides (if you're ordering a spicy sausage), & drink" in this order. My standard order is "Pecos beef (i.e. the shredded beef), hot sauce, sloppy, side spike, side of beans, and a Pepsi." What ever your order, you gotta say it fast because there's usually a fast moving lunch line that's all eager to get their grub.
I now live in OK, and let me tell you there is not a place in all of OK, that can come close to Pecos. Every time I come back home to seattle the first place after I leave the airport is to go to Pecos....
The best BBQ in the pacific northwest and Central USA.
Best In The West. I live in Fairbanks Alaska area and for the past 20 years have made it a point to go to Pecos Pit. Quick, dependable quality and the best HOT sauce on meat anywhere. They should be ranked first in the Nation...not third in Seattle. VERY reasonable, fast service.
Awesome!. There is nothing like taking a long lunch and driving to Pecos Pit from Bellevue in the spring or summer on a nice day. I love BBQ and they have the best quality meat available. The BBQ pork is the best. Also, for those on Atkins or the like, you can order the "dinner". They provide a healthy portion of meat, bun is separate so you can throw it away and a separate cup of BBQ sauce so you can put as much or as little as you want.
Texans love it!. I LOVE the place. Besides the fact that the food is oh so tasty, they do a great job of getting your food to you FAAAST - great for us folks on a tight lunch schedule. My hubby (a native Texan who lived there his first 33 years) loves the place as well. He's not fond of coming into the city, but all I have to do is mention that we'll stop at Pecos Pit and he's there. Whoever said Texans would burn the place down is WRONG! Better than any place we've been to in Texas - less fat and grease in the meat. I like medium...get the HOT if you can handle it!
Roll Up your sleeves!.
I love these sandwiches. I have stood in line for half an hour, in the snow to buy one. The flavor is awesome! The texture is inspiring. Don't try to kid yourself into believing you can actually eat one like a sandwich. This is "spork" food at its finest. Efficient staff, friendly faces, good food, low prices. Just can't be beat on a sunny day. (On a rainy day take it back to the office, but everyone there will ask why you didn't bring them one too.)
Look behind the shop. Even the wood is stacked neatly and clean. I go here before I visit my kids, anytime I get back to Seattle!
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