Eric & Julie Reinhardt, owners

Julie was born and raised in the Northwest, but her daddy's family is from Alabama, with branches off to Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. She remembers her first taste of ribs at a joint just off the highway in Trussville, AL. She also remembers the copious choices of sides where things like syrup drenched baked peaches were considered a salad. Her favorite traditional family gathering is a once a year potluck feast in the cemetery — so that all the family can come, living or passed on. Julie's barbecue cookbook, She Smoke: A Backyard Barbecue Book was published by Seal Press in 2009.

Though a veteran of the Seattle's restaurant scene, and with family in Augusta, Eric's love of barbecue started at home, experimenting with different woods on the Weber. Called a meathead by Seattle Magazine, if you don't see him slicing your brisket, his head is usually deep in the smoker. Before opening Smokin' Pete's he spun the line at top restaurants in Seattle. He's a zen pitmaster who puts barbecue love into every smoke.