There’s a good cross-section of sports fans and barbecue lovers in the world, which is good for Jack’s, located a stone’s throw from CenturyLink and Safeco Field. Owner Jack Timmons is a former Microsoft employee and Texan who threw himself into cooking down-home delights. Highlights in this nouveau barbecue spot include melt-in-your mouth buttermilk hushpuppies, the meaty Jack’s chili, the Frito pie (served in a mini bag of chips) and, for you cocktail connoisseurs, the smoked old fashioned. 3924 Airport Way S., 467-4038
First runner-up: Pecos Pit
Second runner-up: Bitterroot BBQ
Honorable mention: Bourbon and Bones, Hole in the Wall BBQ
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