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Some barbecue joints are temples of meat and technique, a place to evaluate smoke rings and eschew sauce. However, enter this little pink storefront on Rainier and it feels like you just scored an invite to an epic family barbecue. A really nice family, at that. Brisket is tender, rib meat can’t wait to part ways with the bone, and it all comes slathered in a Southern-style sauce. Sides are barbecue standards (baked beans, yams, coleslaw, potato salad) but are clearly made with care and no shortage of extra steps. This means fluffy corn bread and mac and cheese that isn’t overly soupy; the greens—cooked with bits of chopped-up brisket end—might be the best barbecue greens you’ll eat in this lifetime. Yes, you’ll be crazy full by the end of it all, but if Thanksgiving happened in summertime, it would taste like Emma’s sweet potato pie.

Meal Times
Dinner, Lunch
Good to Know
Child Friendly, Counter Service, Takeout

Emma's BBQ

5303 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98118
Mon–Thu noon–7<br>Fri & Sat noon–8