Find Smoky, Slow-Cooked Religion at Seattle’s New Barbecue Church

And for the love of God, don't skip the mac 'n' cheese.

By Chelsea Lin


July 17, 2017

This article originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Listening to Matt Davis talk about barbecue is a little like going to church. There’s passion—so much passion that he quit his day job in woodworking to bring barbecue to the people. There’s history—the recipes taste of his Kansas hometown. And there’s community—the locals who have made his new restaurant a gathering place.

Davis launched the mobile Wood Shop BBQ with partner James Barrington (who also owns food trucks Hallava Falafel and Bread and Circuses) in 2014. They added a brick-and-mortar Central District location in January.

Hits include the brisket cooked slowly over a combination of Ozark hickory and central Texas post oak in the smoker they’ve nicknamed “Brad Pit”; fall-off-the-bone pork ribs; and smoked jalapeno mac ’n’ cheese piled with pulled pork, pickled onions and their signature barbecue sauce. And because every self-respecting barbecue spot leans heavily on the brown liquor, there’s an impressive assortment of whiskies. Let the sermon begin.

Central District, 2513 S Jackson St.; 206.557.8090;


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