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Aug.
18th

First bite: Papa Jones BBQ on Tacoma’s Hilltop


Is this a pile of meat? Or a sandwich? You be the judge. Papa Jones serves chicken, pulled pork and chopped beef sandwiches with your choice of sauce. They come with a side salad.

Wood stacked up outside a barbecue restaurant usually is an early alert system that the real deal is just inside. At Papa Jones BBQ, the stack of alder wood -adjacent to the building tucked into a flower bed -says it all. Meats are smoked here. You can smell it a block away.

Pork shoulder, ribs, brisket and chicken are rubbed with a sweet-smoky spice blend and slow smoked over alder and cherry. Papa Jones is a restaurant that has the technical aspect of barbecue nailed. The Hilltop restaurant opened July 29. The atmosphere is seat-yourself casual with modern decor – stained concrete floors, snazzy pendant lighting and attractive earth tones.  It’s downright pretty, which, if I know barbecue aficionados – and I think I do – might make diners pause. Read more »