Meet Smokey


James Jones, a dedicated pitmaster, ignited his passion for barbecue into a culinary sensation with the launch of his barbecue restaurant within the meticulously refurbished Historic South Cle Elum Depot on April 20, 2013. Reflecting on his choice of locale, Jones eloquently expressed, “It’s a unique place and for that reason matched my vision.”

Before delving into the realm of barbecue, Jones navigated a career path as a Boeing project planner and low voltage contractor, specializing as a home automation electronics consultant. However, the irresistible allure of smoking meat captivated him, propelling him from his backyard grill to the fiercely competitive landscape of national and international barbecue circuits. Evolving from a humble backyard enthusiast to a celebrated pitmaster, Jones amassed a winning track record along his journey.

Drawing inspiration from his Pacific Northwest roots and the culinary traditions of Louisiana, inherited from his father's family, Jones crafted a distinctive style of barbecue that seamlessly melds flavors from both regions. Anchored in the bedrock principles of quality ingredients and expert technique, Jones's culinary prowess shines through in every meticulously smoked dish. With an emphasis on prime cuts of meat and precise smoking methods, he masters the delicate equilibrium of flavor, tenderness, and visual appeal prized by discerning competition judges.

Guided by mentors whose wisdom has shaped his barbecue philosophy, Jones remains steadfast in his pursuit of excellence. Today, his restaurant stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the craft, inviting patrons on a journey of sensory delight infused with the rich flavors and time-honored traditions of authentic barbecue.



We are honored and humbled by all the nice things people who enjoy the fruits of our labors have to say about us. We are a family run business, and it is a passion for us to produce good BBQ for our customers. We love talking to people in the restaurant and hearing that they like our food and enjoyed their visit to Smokey’s Bar-B-Que.

Grand Champion 1st overall – Kla Ha Ya Days BBQ Championships in Snohomish, Wa. In addition to the Overall Champion, we also won 1st place ribs, 1st place pork butt, a 2nd place in chicken, and 7th place brisket. July 2013.

In the news – our winning “Barn Burner” recipe featured on the Passion for Pork Blog. Link to the March 2015 Article & Recipe:

Barn Burner BBQ Black Box Competition Winner’s Recipe for Duck a’ Pomegranate by Smokey’s Bar-B-Que (Cle Elum, Washington)

BBQ Flavor This Good
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We start with only the very best hand cut beef (like our USDA Black Angus Choice Brisket for instance), pork, chicken, catfish, oysters and shrimp coated in our award-winning signature rubs and sauces. After up to 10 hours in our on-site smokers over expertly selected blends of Hickory/Cherry/Maple or Apple smoking woods, we round out your meal with authentic southern style sides like barbecue beans, coleslaw and cornbread.

We also make all our own sauces!

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Beef & Pork

Brisket, Pulled Pork, Baby Back Ribs, St. Louis Style Ribs, Beef Short Ribs, Smoked Sausage Links

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Southern Fried Catfish, Oysters & Shrimp

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Smoked BBQ Chicken

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417 N Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA


Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM