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Mouth-Watering Northwest BBQ

Published Aug 17th, 2020

One thing’s for sure, American’s love barbecue! While the Northwest isn’t known as a hotbed of barbecue, we still have many delicious, mouth-watering barbecue restaurants that make for some tough choices of where to eat. Take a look at our favorites here in Oregon and SW Washington and click the links to find out more. Pick one near you, or take a ‘Road Trip’ and try several this summer.

Oregon BBQ Company Albany
Photo Credit: Oregon BBQ Company

Albany – Oregon BBQ Company
Bend – Baldy’s BBQ
Central Point – Mary’s BBQ Place
Cottage Grove – Big Stuff BBQ
Dayton – Bob’s Grand Island Deli & Grocery
Garibaldi – Garibaldi PortSide Bistro
Grants Pass – Hellgate Jetboats/River Lodge
Jacksonville – Back Porch Bar & Grill
Klamath Falls – Wubba’s BBQ
Lebanon – Oregon BBQ Company
North Bend – Alder Smokehouse
Philomath – Eats & Treats Café
Prineville – Dillon’s Grill
Redmond – Baldy’s BBQ
Rufus – Bob’s Texas T-Bone
Salem – Adam’s Rib Smokehouse
Vancouver – Smokin’ Oak
Wilsonville – Slick’s Big Time BBQ



While the cuts of meat and cooking methods are important, many have a type of sauce that they swear is the best.

Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce uses no tomato. Instead you’ll find a combination of vinegar, cayenne, black pepper, crushed red pepper, hot sauce and salt.

Kansas City-Style Sauce dominates barbecue. This is a thick, sweet and tangy sauce that can have quite a variety, ranging from peppery and spicy to extra vinegary.

Piedmont or Lexington-Style Dip changed barbecue history by introducing ketchup. This is a tangy, vinegar-based sauce that includes ketchup to give it some color and sweetness.

South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce is similar to North Carolina-style, but adds mustard sauce, due to the area’s German influence.

Texas-Style Mop or Basting Sauce is another unique style and can include beef stock, vinegar, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and garlic.

What is your favorite BBQ sauce? To find out more about sauces, read Regional Barbecue Sauce Styles, Explained from

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