About BBQ Pete’s
BBQ Pete's in Kent was created to be a BBQ place with a higher level of quality and professionalism in a quick counter service setting. Everyday, we fire up the pit with Pacific Northwest Alderwood and smoke our meats "low and slow." We cook from our own recipes and seek out the best possible ingredients - for every layer of the operation.
BBQ Pete's has a history going back to 1972 when Pete created the first restaurant in Tacoma. In 1976, Pete expanded his operation to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Since then, eating at Pete's log cabin every September has become an annual tradition for many locals. Pete retired from the year round restaurant business in 1995, but the Fair operation has remained in the Peterson family all along.
Pete's son, Ryan, worked in the restaurant industry while studying at the University of Washington. After graduating, he ran the barbecue pits at the Fair for several years before taking over the entire operation. All the while, Ryan was thinking ahead to bringing BBQ Pete's back home again. He took several trips through the American Barbecue Belt, attending competitions and visiting some of our country's greatest pitmasters and restaurateurs. Ryan still goes on annual barbecue expeditions around the country. His early inspirations were from Central Texas. More recent influences are coming from the Kansas City style.
In 2008, the doors opened at BBQ Pete's in Kent. Since then, volume has quadrupled. Hard to believe it was only open for weekday lunches that first year. Being located in the heart of the industrial valley of Kent with a heavy daytime population, it was built for speed during lunch service. Today, BBQ Pete's is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Many thanks to our regular guests who support the restaurant every day!
While barbecue sauce runs thick in his veins, Ryan is equally passionate about creating a great business operation. His goal is the process: "Constant Improvement." He is always working on projects to take the quality of the operation to new levels. Ryan's main mentor continues to be his father, Pete, who often drops in for lunch between his world travels. When Ryan isn't working on the business, he enjoys time with his lovely wife of 19 years and their two children - playing catch in the backyard, strumming his six string and stoking the fire on his cooker.