Welcome to Sparks BBQ

  We are Traverse City’s ONLY restaurant specializing in authentic pit-style BBQ. We proudly serve handcrafted BBQ powered by our 100% wood powered smoker. We have no stove, no oven, no microwave, no flat-tops, its either cooked in our smoker or its served cold.  Founded in 2015 by Pitmaster Dean Sparks, Sparks BBQ has quickly become the leader in authentic BBQ in all of Michigan and likely further.  Sparks is a self taught pitmaster learning in his backyard and through years of practice and dedication he has perfected the craft of BBQ.  In 2015 he decided to take it on the road, literally, with a mobile style pit bbq food trailer.  After just one year of operations with its overwhelming support from the community he then moved operations inside at 439 E. Front Street, Traverse City in early 2016.  Sparks BBQ model of excellence includes not only the quality of foods served but the service itself, everyone is welcomed like family and treated like our best friends.

Your Pitmaster, Dean Sparks

We are offering Free Delivery (with minimum purchase).

Delivery available from 11:00am-2:00 pm & 5:00pm-7:30pm

See the maps below for boundaries.

Downtown $20 minimum order OR $3 service charge

Surrounding areas $40 minimum order OR $5 service charge

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Famous BBQ Sundae
coleslaw, beans, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce layered in a cup and topped with our famous beef jerky$11
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Pitmaster Mac 'N Cheese
smoked meats, house cheese sauce, and BBQ Sauce on cavatappi noodles$12
SParks BBQ NachOs
coleslaw, beans, pork, and sauce$12
Famous Beef Jerky
Beef Flank Steak, hand sliced and seasoned, smoked to perfection. No preservatives-all natural. BEST IN T.C.$6 per 2 oz.


All Sandwiches are served on old mission multigrain buns and come with tortilla chips

Pulled pork
pork shoulder rubbed, slow-smoked to perfection then hand-pulled to order, topped with house coleslaw & BBQ sauce. Available in a single or double meat portions$8-$14 dbl. meat
rubbed and slow-smoked in our wood-burning smoker, sliced and sauced with our homemade brisket sauce. Available in a single or double meat portions$10-$16 dbl. meat
Pulled rib sandwich
hand pulled rib meat topped with BBQ sauce, onion and pickle$9
Smoked ham & cheddar
twice smoked ham, sliced, topped with smoked cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato and BBQ sauce$9
Pulled Chicken
seasoned and smoked chicken quarters, hand-pulled to order then sauced$8
Pork tenderloin
smoked pork tenderloin, sliced, topped with smoked gouda, coleslaw and BBQ sauce $10


All Plates served with Beans and Coleslaw, tortilla chips and a pickle

1/2lb of slow roasted beef brisket, sliced and sauced with our special brisket sauce.$18
Ribs Plate with Dry Rub
half or full slab of baby back ribs rubbed with our rib seasoning then smoked to perfection in our wood burning smoker.  Served dry rubbed, add sauce for $1.00 $18-$29 
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Pulled pork
1/2lb of slow smoked pulled pork with your choice of Hot or Original BBQ sauce$15
PULLED chicken plate
1/2lb of slow smoked dark meat chicken with your choice of Hot or Original BBQ sauce$14
2 Meat Combo
1/4 lb of two different meats of your choice
Pauly's Hero PLate
1/4lb beef brisket & pulled pork , 4 rib bones, beans, slaw, chips and a pickle
Payday Platter
1/2lb beef brisket, 1/2lb pulled pork, 1/2# pulled chicken, 4 rib bones, plus 4 large sides


All Sides available in Small and Large portions
Pit roasted Beans
Creamy coleslaw
Broccoli, bacon, blue cheese, scallion slaw
Avocado bruschetta
side of mac n cheese - no meat no BBQ sauce
PIG Candy


Coke, Diet Coke, Mexican Coke, Sprite, Mellow Yellow, root beer, iced tea, lemonade, sweet tea$2
mexican coke
bottled water

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We Offer Catering

Did you know we also offer catering? Call us at 231-633-7800  for more information and additional items not listed below.


Catering Menu -


Dirty Dozen Packages (48 hour notice required)

Pulled Pork Sandwiches x 12 = $72

Includes 3 lbs Pork,  24 oz BBQ Sauce, 2 Large Coleslaw & 12 buns

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches x 12 = $72

Includes 3 lbs Chicken, 24 oz BBQ Sauce & 12 buns

Beef Brisket Sandwiches x 12 = $96

Includes 3 lbs Beef Brisket (Sliced) , 24 oz Brisket Sauce & 12 buns

Pulled Pork Plate x 12 = $138

Includes 6 lbs Pulled Pork, 24 oz BBQ Sauce, 1/3 pan Slaw, 1/3 pan beans + chips & pickle wedges

Pulled Chicken Plate x 12 = $138

Includes 6 lbs Pulled Chicken, 24 oz BBQ Sauce, 1/3 pan Slaw, 1/3 pan beans + chips & pickle wedges

Beef Brisket Plate x 12 = $198

Includes 6 lbs Beef Brisket (Sliced),  24 oz BBQ Sauce, 1/3 pan Slaw, 1/3 pan beans + chips & pickle wedges

Half Rack Rib Plate x 12 = $198

Includes 6 full racks of Baby Back Ribs, 1/3 pan Slaw, 1/3 pan beans + chips & pickle wedges

By The Pound (48 hour notice required)

Pricing for pickup only - onsite operations, service and delivery extra

Baby Back Ribs = $24/rack*

Beef Brisket Roasts = $24/lb*

Pulled Pork Roasts = $14/lb*

Pulled Chicken Pieces = $14/lb*

BBQ Sauce = $10/24oz & $40/Gallon

Buns = $1/each

Creamy Coleslaw = $20/third pan, $30/half pan & $55/full pan

Pit Roasted Beans = $20/third pan, $30/half pan & $55/full pan

Mashed Potatoes = $30/half pan & $55/full pan

Broccoli/Bacon/Blue Slaw = $35/half pan & $70/full pan

* = Meats served in their whole roasts forms.  It will be your responsibility to slice/shred them.  This is done to provide the freshest possible product to your table.  When roasts are presliced or shredded they do 3 things very quickly which effect quality, 1. Cool rapidly  2. Change color from pink to grey  3. Begin to toughen losing their tenderness and smoke flavors along the way

Use the following guidelines for your estimating your needs.  We recommend that you exceed your estimates by a minimum of 20% so that you do not run out of food.  Every event has contingencies, or unknowns, and its our belief that its better to have a little extra food than not enough.  We can help you understand how to best preserve any leftovers you may have.  We recommend two sides per person regardless if its a plate or sandwich being served.

Meats: 1/2lb per person if serving plate style & 1/4lb per person if serving sandwiches

Sides: Third pans serve 16, Half pans serve 24 and Full Pans serve 48 (serving size = 5.5oz cups-provided)

Children: Children under 10 count as a half person, children over 10 count as full adults

Vegetarians: Most of our sides are vegetarian and our rolls are whole grain.  Suggest a medley of sides and a roll for their entree or seek new friends