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The best kid-friendly BBQ in Seattle

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There may not be scientific proof, but like magic, BBQ tastes even better in the summer. Visit your old faithful haunts for a slab or ribs this month, or dig in at a new favorite. These are our picks for four Seattle-area BBQ spots you’ll like as much as your kids do.


Pinky’s Kitchen

Good food served fast makes this Wallingford food truck next to Rancho Bravo a neighborhood favorite. Kids’ picks include Pinky’s mac and cheese baked with panko bread crumbs and their completely addictive housemade potato chips. Dip them in one of several housemade sauces (our vote goes to sweet sassy mollassy) alongside hunks of smoky pulled pork. 211 NE 45th St., Seattle. pinkyskitchen.com


Drunky’s Two Shoe BBQ

Nab seats at the counter of this new Leary Way roadhouse and dig in. After dinner, let the kids feed goats and chickens and take a mechanical horse ride. Tip: Kids might be tempted to order the hot links, but be forewarned: these links may be too fiery for budding palates. The chicken may be a better bet. 4105 Leary Way NW, Seattle. twoshoebbq.com 


Big Chickie

We’re not talking ribs in sauce, but rather authentic, Peruvian-style charcoal rotisserie chicken. The Hillman City spot in a gorgeously converted former service station serves its pollo and sides (fresh corn salad, black beans and yellow rice) cafeteria line-style. Order extra corn muffins and grab a seat on the patio. 5520 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle. bigchickie.com


Jack’s BBQ

The SoDo newcomer from certified BBQ master Jack Timmons is as unfussy (and fun) as you can get. Brisket is required eating here, plus buttermilk hushpuppies, Frito pie and banana pudding. 3924 Airport Way S, Seattle. jacksbbq.com

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