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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.


Then, one day in 2008, I won $100,000 in the state lottery. I took a leave of absence from my job and started looking for a place to open a restaurant. Someone told me about Country Village. I saw the space and I fell hard for it.  I spoke with the manager, Leeann Tesorieri, and told her what I had in mind.  She said they’d love to have me there. The decision to open my restaurant in Country Village changed my life. And so began the next 10 years of my life’s journey.

I own a restaurant because it makes me happy. Since I’ve been open, the people that have entered my life have had an impact on some of the decisions I’ve made.

Two people in the local restaurant industry have been particularly instrumental in my success: Russell Lowell and John Howie. Both men have been extraordinary mentors to me, and I am grateful for their expertise, counsel, and support.

The customers I have met here are inspirational in so many ways. I have a new understanding on how people can affect your life. I have regular customers who come from as far away as Alberta, Canada, and all over the West Coast to dine at my establishment.  My customers’ loyalty humbles me, and my customers are also like family to me.

I am also appreciative of the customers who have influenced my business. Their suggestions – from coming out from the kitchen to interact with customers, to new side dishes, to bottling my barbecue sauce – have helped me improve my business.

Being a part of this community is so important to me. It is an honor to support many charitable causes by donating food, supporting local athletic teams, and answering the recent call to support Northshore School District’s effort to feed families in need after February’s snowstorms.  This community supports me, and I am grateful I can support them when I can.

I am also grateful to the staff of Evergreen Hospital who saved my life when I had a heart attack in August 2013. One of their nurses is a loyal customer who told the doctors they better take care of her BBQ guy! Those doctors were so impressed by her loyalty that they came to my restaurant after my recovery to enjoy a meal.

I got a second chance at life thanks to Evergreen Hospital. Because of that, I believe in second chances, which is what I am seeking now as my time at Country Village comes to an end.

Our last day of business at Country Village was March 31, 2019.

We reopened Carolina Smoke BBQ 2 blocks away at the end of September 2019.

Thank you to my fans and followers for being so loyal on this journey with me.

David Hayward
Carolina Smoke BBQ and Catering


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!