West Seattle restaurants: Official grand opening for Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que


Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que (WSB sponsor) is now officially open at 35th and and Fauntleroy, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon:


That’s City Councilmember Lisa Herbold next to proprietor Gerry Kingen at right in the top photo. Below, Kingen and wife Kathy Kingen (at left) were also officially welcomed by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s CEO Lynn Dennis and president Elizabeth Pluhta of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):


Pecos Pit is open until 9 tonight. It’s the first of what the Kingens, who own Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), plan will be multiple franchised locations of the SODO-born barbecue restaurant.

28 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Official grand opening for Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que"

  • trouble June 21, 2016 (5:03 pm)

      Jones BBQ is the best. Family owned and operated 

  • Rico June 21, 2016 (7:23 pm)

    Family owned doesn’t mean a thing when your BBQ tastes like sloppy joes. Happy to have a new BBQ joint!

  • CR June 21, 2016 (9:11 pm)

    The more options the better.  Both Jones and Pecos will benefit from being close to each other.

  • Wsgal June 21, 2016 (10:08 pm)

    Sounds like the Kingens are a family and Jones is terrible imho. 

  • Jon June 21, 2016 (10:20 pm)

    Peco’s Pit – down in SODO – is some of the saddest BBQ I’ve ever had. I can’t imagine the new location is much different, but it would be a welcome change. So far, Seattle’s lack of decent BBQ (it’s mostly all dry meat slathered in bad sauce) has left me to seriously consider opening my own place.

    I did like Stan’s in Issaquah, years back; but they’ve kind of let the quality slip in recent years, unfortunately. In their heyday, that was great KC BBQ.

    But Peco’s is too dry (not smoking with the nose on the brisket), flavorless (no dry rub on that meat so far as I can tell; lacking in proper smoke as well), and their sauces aren’t properly balanced (all hot sauce and black pepper, no sweet component or vinegar).

    I’m not big on expensive restauranteurs who don’t seem to much care about or cook their own food, personally. I suppose somebody else must like it, so — enjoy! :)

    • East Coast Cynic June 22, 2016 (7:26 am)

      Jon, Jacks BBQ in Sodo has Brisket that compares well with some of the best brisket in the southern states and certainly is the best brisket bbq you will find in Seattle–Salt and Pepper and smoked on wood they get from out of town.  Their other meats are good, but their brisket is grrrrreat.

      • Rico June 22, 2016 (5:28 pm)

        Agreed. Jacks is the BBQ gold standard in Seattle.

  • cj June 22, 2016 (12:36 am)

    We always loved Pecos Pit and travel there to eat downtown now and then.  I hope the new one is just as good.

  • they June 22, 2016 (5:20 am)

    I remember when Peco’s first opened in the old gas station across the street from sears. Only open for a couple of hours each day was a two person show I think Man and wife, who were very friendly. Judging by the lines others must have liked it as much as me…

  • prayforrain June 22, 2016 (8:00 am)

    It’s crazy how people jump on here to trash places.  Why would you do that? 

    Let people give Pecos Pit and Jones a shot and see for themselves.  

  • Wes C. Addle June 22, 2016 (8:08 am)

    Jack’s on Airport way is really good for the people who aren’t Pecos/Jones fans.  I like Pecos but it’s not what I consider traditional BBQ, I consider it just good food.  Jones on the other hand tastes like it was cooked in a microwave covered in salt.

  • waikikigirl June 22, 2016 (8:11 am)

    I personally have never eaten at Peco’s but the hubby has and luvs it.

    My favorite BBQ is my hubby’s, he makes one mean beef brisket and an extra mean pork ribs but for our 2nd favorite it’s Pete’s BBQ in Kent!


  • T Rex June 22, 2016 (8:20 am)

    The best BBQ in Seattle is Jack’s BBQ on Airport Way in the industrial district. It is 12 minutes from my house on the weekend, simply take the West Seattle Freeway to the 1st South exit, go to Airport Way and take a right. Jack’s is on the left hand side. A true Texas smoked meat treat. They are open on Saturday all day and Sunday for supper only.


  • on board June 22, 2016 (9:02 am)

    Jacks on Airport Way is the real deal.  Real Central Texas Brisket.

    Pecos Pit is really good in a more fast food kind of way.

    Jones is pretty sauce intensive.

    They are all what they are.  Since Seattle has a dearth of any bbq, we are lucky to have a couple of good choices.

  • newnative June 22, 2016 (9:20 am)

    I miss Uncle Mike’s.  

  • waikikigirl June 22, 2016 (9:22 am)

     I’ve never eaten at Jone’s so I can’t comment on whether they’re good or not but I agree with Prayforrain we shouldn’t trash because to each “tastebud” is their own!


    There’s also Pig Iron/Slim’s in Georgetown, you can smell their smoker going every night! YUM.

  • hj June 22, 2016 (10:20 am)

    Arguments about what constitute real bbq are the most annoying food discussions ever. Even more than arguments about what constitutes real pizza.

  • ClayJustSayin June 22, 2016 (11:32 am)

    Uncle Mikes.  I love Pecos.  Loved UM’s just as much.

  • West Seattlelite June 22, 2016 (12:58 pm)

    I’ve eaten at both Jones and Pecos, the latter many times, and I agree with at least two comments above: First, trying to qualify what is “authentic” BBQ is hopeless, because the variety of styles and tastes is too broad.  Second, Jones BBQ could work on improving.  My real ambivalence rests with the following-IF the new Pecos is true to its roots, then we are fortunate to have them, BUT why is the sandwich $ 1.50 more and the hotlink  $1.00 more than the original.  Also, are they actually gonna try and charge us for additional sauce??  My typical order is a Medium Pork, extra Messy (extra sauce) with a side spike (hot link on side), and I would rather travel, between the hours of 11 and 4 M-F, the  extra 5 minutes for the original, simply on principle.  Having not eaten at the new location yet, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and hope the sandwich is 5% larger and they won’t squeeze me for a little extra sauce.     

    • Brian June 22, 2016 (2:10 pm)

      Literally nobody cares. Nobody.    

      • west seattlelite June 22, 2016 (5:03 pm)

        Brian, why so mean?  No on cares about the new restaurant, the opinions of others, or what a person ordered at the original location?  There were no cruel comments, critique or defaming, only personal opinion.   I kinda hope you don’t live in West Seattle, because it does not reflect well on the folks here.  

  • CabanaMom June 22, 2016 (1:11 pm)

    Our family went to the new location during their “soft opening”. Food was delicious, service was great & their build-out was fantastic. It was a great dining experience. Will definitely go there again:).

  • Vanessa June 22, 2016 (3:24 pm)

    Best of luck to those with new businesses and congratulations to those with new jobs. 

    Remember what your mother said, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

    If you have a complaint about something, tell it to the right person. No one else really needs to hear you complaining. Everyone is not entitled to your opinion. Be nice, people. 

  • George P. Burdell June 23, 2016 (9:23 am)

    Sure are a lot of bitchy comments on here.

    Obviously, some people around here need an education…


    Or at least STFU when it comes to knowing what ‘real’ barbeque is.


    • sam-c June 23, 2016 (1:36 pm)

      Ha ha. That was great.   thank you mr. ramblin wreck.

  • Superoptimistic June 23, 2016 (12:44 pm)

    Thank you for “Classing” the place up, Mr. Burdell- with your STFU comment.

  • Kelly June 25, 2016 (10:40 am)

    Our favorite BBQ in Seattle is Girls Gone BBQ — Only available at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday.  I wish they had a storefront!!!!

    Close second is Jack’s.  (My hubby would probably flip them.)

    I think there is a conversation to be had about traditional Southern BBQ and the different styles.  (We’re from Memphis, so we’re clearly biased.)  

    Most of the BBQ we’ve had in Seattle doesn’t quite get the delicate smoke flavor — but Girls Gone BBQ and Jack’s both nail it.  Also, the BBQ here tends to be over-sauced.  Traditional Southern BBQ of all styles leads with the meat — the sauce should only complement, not star.

    That said — eat what you like!!  Maybe there’s a niche for the “messy” Seattle style!  

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