Hole in the Wall BBQ

Hole in the Wall BBQ

Delicious BBQ conveniently located between the saloons of Pioneer Square and the King County Jail

Chuck Forsyth & his son John have began serving up mouthwatering BBQ in 1989 in their aptly named downtown Seattle eatery, The Hole in the Wall BBQ. The comment often heard at the Hole is “this is the best barbecue this side of Kansas City”. They perfected their craft on the competition circuit winning the Washington State BBQ Championship at the Puyallup Fair (twice) and the Chili Championship at Folklife Festival.

The Hole in the Wall BBQ is so good because they have modified “traditional” barbecue to serve up a healthier product. All of the meats are hand processed to remove fat and they pour off all the fat from the ground beef for the award winning chili. The meats are smoked low and slow, for more than 16 hours with oak and cherry woods. The pork is hand pulled and the brisket hand sliced to order. Also on the menu is succulent and juicy smoked turkey, chicken and hot links. A must try is the delicious smoked meatloaf, get there early and it’s only on Mondays! Wednesdays through Fridays they serve up incredible, “to-die for” pork ribs – dry rubbed, smoked and served with sauce on the side – they sell very quickly.

The Hole in the Wall never uses liquid smoke, food coloring or preservatives. Their hours are short because they believe barbecue is best when fresh out of the smoker. They cook up only what they’ll need for lunch each day so as to never compromise quality.

The Bullwhacker BBQ sauce is Chuck’s homemade coffee-based concoction made from scratch every day. It’s on the mild side but when you order your sandwich tell 'em you like more heat…you want it Hot…extra Bullwhacker Sauce…you want it Wet. The Smoked Beans, Crisp Coleslaw and Cornbread and all the spice rubs are made fresh daily. The chili is a tamed-down version of the competition chili, not too spicy or rich, but just right so that you’ll be coming back for more.

Visit The Hole in the Wall for lunch only, Monday through Friday. The Hole is "conveniently located between the saloons of Pioneer Square and the King County Jail." Service is brisk and friendly.

[01/18/17]   Did you know Hole in the Wall BBQ offers catered lunch delivery? Check out our menu (under the menu tab on this FaceBook page) and order our No Bones Buffet for your next office lunch meeting. We serve up our buffet for 15 to 200 people. Gives us a call!

[01/16/17]   We are open today, honoring MLK. Come on in and enjoy Meatloaf Monday. Hope to see you!

Rib Day! Come 'n get em!

[01/12/17]   Please don't tell my mom I'm a Pitmaster. She thinks I'm a piano player in a whore house.

[12/26/16]   Hole in the Wall BBQ will be closed on Monday, 12/26. Happy Holidays!

Bar Bulletin


Being steps away from the King County Courthouse we have many loyal attorney's and judges that have enjoyed BBQ with us for the past 28 years. Thanks for the nice mention in the bar association professional publication - the Bar Bulletin. Nice article if you're looking for some meat: 10 Reasons To Be Grateful To Be a Carnivore in Seattle

kcba.org There are lovely restaurants in Seattle for herbivores. We list them in this column from time to time. This month is not such a time. This month we dedicate this column to our guilty pleasure — eating copious amounts of meat. Here are 10 reasons why it is good to be a carnivore in Seattle.

A couple of our beautiful customers making the Hole in the Wall look great! We ❤️ our customers!

Happy Friday! It's Rib Day - come and get em! Photo cred: Mark Katon

Hope you have a smokin' holiday. We will be closed on Thanksgiving, Friday, 11/25 and through the weekend (as normal).
See you 11/28 for Meatloaf Monday. Blessings and Cheers!

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215 James St
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 2:30pm
Tuesday 11am - 2:30pm
Wednesday 11am - 2:30pm
Thursday 11am - 2:30pm
Friday 11am - 2:30pm
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