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Classic BBQ fare prepared over 100% wood fires. Briskets, Ribs, Pork, Chicken and seasonal meat dishes like smoked meatloaf and corned beef are also available. We support local businesses and farms with our menu when possible. Sparks BBQ is a place you can experience authentic BBQ prepared by a team of pit masters who have perfected their craft
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Barbecue, Grill
FEATURES
Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 19, 2022

We ordered take out and it was poor. Our bill was $76 for their version of nachos. We attempted to each them and tossed them in the trash (terrible). The navies were 60% stale chips with very little meat. The two meat plate included potatoe...salad and slaw (beef brisket & pulled pork) and 1/2 pound of pulled pork. Pulled pork was dried out with little flavor. Their beef brisket was tinder but flavorless. We were fooled by the other positive reviews. If we had water in, everything we received would have been sent back. Over priced poor food. Go to The Filling Station or Apache Grill.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022 via mobile

Ordered carryout on a midweek evening. They told us 45 minutes, but it wasn’t ready for over an hour. The meal was delicious — we had a combo plate plus extra chicken. Cornbread was moist. Sides (cole slaw, baked beans and Mac&cheese) were all tasty....But $150 seemed like a lot to pay for the amount of food we got.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

Simply awesome! Four of us went in there and ordered four different dishes with all different sides. The food was fantastic. Some of the best BBQ I’ve had anywhere. The server was very nice and polite and although she had other customers she still made...it a point to check on us and bring us another round of drinks. If you haven’t tried it and you like BBQ, you should. Try it!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 4, 2022 via mobile

The food was delicious but small portions for the price. A bit more meat on the sandwiches and more than 6 tortilla chips, that come from a bag, would make this so much more satisfying. Obviously they have heard this before, as the waitress informed...us the chips were a garnish, not a side. At $15 for a sandwhich, you can spare another handful of GFS chips.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed February 15, 2022

Stopped by while on an appetizer-crawl, ( in a blizzard ), sheeesh! Staff was super friendly, food came out quick and was very good. Recommend the SPICY sauce, just enough heat to make it interesting without incinerating your taste buds. We definitely will come back.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 21, 2021 via mobile

This place has really good food. We had the famous barbecue sundae and the brisket sandwich. So good!!! I would definitely put this on the agenda if visiting traverse city. Very nice atmosphere to dine in. It is located in a perfect spot right by...a large parking lot area in the downtown area. Staff was exceptionally well!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed September 12, 2021 via mobile

The barbecue in this place is simply outstanding. I have had barbecue all over the country and it stands up to all of them. It is not cheap but you get what you pay for. The barbecue ribs and brisket are the best I have...ever had. Get there early or order in advance for large parties because they often sell out.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2021 via mobile

The Pulled BBQ sandwich was really good. I got the Mac n cheese with it that has a little bit of spice to it but just enough. My boyfriend got the you pick three. Pulled pork, Pulled brisket, and ribs and hasn't stopped talking about...how good everything is. The ribs were the best part!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 9, 2021

Recommended by hotel staff. Server was helpful - told us they were down to their last rack of ribs - and this was at 5:45. Decided to share it. Unfortunately it was cold -- and fatty, but dry. Would not recommend.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 4, 2021

I do not and will never understand why anyone likes this restaurant. The food is terrible. Everything I’ve ever tried had been cold, over-cooked, mushy, and bland. The sauce is overly sweet and lacks flavor, and the meat is always extremely fatty. Add to that...literally the worst, meanest owner ever, and I’d say this is absolutely the worst place to eat in TC. Spend your money on literally any other BBQ place, you’ll be better off.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed May 31, 2021 via mobile

Split the 3 meat meal (ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork) with sauce on the side with sausage added on. Ribs and beef brisket were the best, sausage was good, pulled pork was okay but admittedly I’m not a huge fan but it’s okay. Mac...and cheese was great. Corn is a cold salad and was terrible... reminded me of something Mexican restaurant would serve. Cornbread was outstanding! I’d definitely go again and get the same meal (without the corn).More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

Great comfort food!! I had the pulled pork with sides, which was enough for 2 people. My husband had a sandwich that he said was delish. It was lunchtime on a Wednesday, so it wasn't too busy. Great service! We would definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 9, 2021 via mobile

Food was amazing! Great BBQ I had in a awhile! Drinks are also great, not too strong and not too weak! Mac and cheese 😍😍.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 27, 2021

Bob was our server he was very attentive and helpful, answered any questions we had, made great suggestions! The food was delicious and the drinks were wonderful! Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed January 27, 2021

Conner took our order, super helpful with menu. Burnt tips spicy 4/5, brisket 3.5/5. Sides of slaw and beans, generous serving.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Sparks BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5