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"Best ribs, pulled pork and brisket in Washington!" ~ Stanley
(a real review on Facebook)

It's An Experience

Serving the Best BBQ food since 2000


Carolina Smoke is owned and operated by David Hayward, who originated from Charleston, South Carolina. He moved to the Northwest in 1971 bringing his home-style southern cooking with him. He has been sharing his delicious BBQs with family and friends in Western Washington for 20 years and after rave reviews he decided to start his own business.

The specialty that David brings to his BBQ style is unique. The grill that he uses is not only big enough to serve large parties, but it also grills without gas or charcoal, therefore preserving the food’s natural flavor. David uses mesquite, alder, hickory & cherry wood pellets to grill his food which allows for more control of temperature and taste. In addition, the meat, fish and vegetables are fresh and cooked on site. All of this adds up to fresher, cleaner and better-tasting BBQ meals from the Carolina Smoke grill.

Hiring Carolina Smoke on-site BBQ for one of your functions is a tasty way to entertain your guests but on top of that David’s fun personality adds to the experience. He is a friendly guy who enjoys mingling with the people he cooks for. (See Testimonials for customer comments). David works with his clients to customize the perfect menu to meet their hosting needs. So far, most of his business has been by word of mouth which has made Carolina Smoke a fast growing busy business.

Past events that Carolina Smoke on-site BBQ has catered: Redmond Derby Days, Back to School Day: Norman Rockwell School, Cascade Bicycle Club (vegetarian BBQ), company picnics and private parties.

Carolina Smoke is a licensed and bonded business. David has his food handlers permit as well as membership to the Northwest BBQ Association.


Its about time!

We have finally opened back up.

We want to thank all our fans for their patience.

It was a successful 12 years we had at Country Village in Bothell. With the closing of the village shop, we needed to find a new home. We were fortunate to find a place only 2 blocks away and we couldn't be more thrilled with the layout and location of our new location.  Situated on the corner of the Bothell Lakeside Center, we have more seating, a bar area and lots of windows with a nice view. We can't wait to see you again in our new space.


We are off the Bothell Everett Hwy, near Safeway and Woods Coffee.

The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price!

~ Carolina Smoke

The Famous Chef David

Meet the BBQ expert

If life is a journey, then one of the best parts of my journey started 10 years ago at Country Village.

I was a part-time barbecue competition cook. My weekends were spent going all over the Northwest and staying up all night smoking meat, just to let a judge taste my food and say whether or not what I was cooking was prize-worthy.

I became pretty good at what I was doing and felt encouraged to open my own restaurant.  I didn’t know anything about opening a restaurant, because  I’d been employed by the City of Seattle for 18 years in an unfulfilling job.


David Hayward


Let's Pig Out

Carolina Smoke will be closed this Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2nd and Sept 3rd in order to give the employees of Carolina Smoke time off for all the hard work they do during the year. Thank you all for your business. We will be open again on Tuesday, Sept. 4th. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!