Ballard BBQ Power Ranking
1) Bourbon and Bones
3) Drunky's Two Shoe
4) Kickin' Boot
5) The Boars Nest
?) Smokin' Pete's
To be honest, Bourbon & Bones vs Bitterroot can be a toss-up for me on some days. I've had delicious brisket and other meats at both places. I think I prefer Bitterroot's ribs and B&B's fried chicken. Both have good sides, though props to B&B for the first non-horrible hush puppies I've had in Seattle. If you are looking for a more restaurant-like experience, go Bitterroot. If you want more hole-in-the-wall vibe, go B&B.
Drunkys isn't so bad, but their brisket was pretty dry last time I was there and their hot links were pretty greasy. I feel like they might have been trying a bit too hard on the decor.
Smokin' Pete's still has some of my favorite brisket in Seattle, but since you have to call ahead two days in advance for an order, I can't really justify them as a regular spot.