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Sparks BBQ

439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2613
+1 231-633-7800
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brisket” (31 reviews)
“baked beans” (8 reviews)
“cole slaw” (9 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Grill
$$ - $$$
439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2613
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While staying at the GT Resort for a work conference and tired of the “Griddled Cheese” based (over priced) menu, my business associate and I took the 6 mile trip into town to find some BBQ. In my opinion, we hit the jackpot. Real pot...More

Thank Darric R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch, had the Pitmaster mac n cheese and a 2 meat plate with ribs and brisket. Love the rub on the ribs, served dry and you add your own sauce. Brisket was excellent, lite sauce. Great snow ring on the ribs! The...More

Thank Scubadivingtraveler
Reviewed 20 February 2018

I travel several times a year to Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina and always enjoy good southern smoked barbeque. In my travels I have tasted some incredible smoked meats and I've become a BBQ snob. I was pleasantly surprised to find excellent pit-smoked food at...More

Thank twohikers
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Always skeptical when a proprietor passes himself off as the best particularly in a smaller town. He backed it up--best ribs I have ever had. Went back twice during the same stay and continue to crave those ribs. Brisket, pulled pork and slaw all outstanding...More

Thank SereneTravels55
Reviewed 21 December 2017

The BBQ sundae is unique and the easiest way to eat BBQ ever! Sparks seems to do it right and always with a smile.

Thank Yakman60
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Spark's is a tiny place, to be sure, but the taste of the food is 10 times the size of the building! I love the barbecue sundae--although I think it's really a "parfait". It's layered pulled pork, beans and cole slaw, and it's one of...More

Thank tctom2003
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Small but cozy. Quick service (ordering was simple) they even helped with suggestions. Two had the brisket sandwich with side of beans one had pork tenderloin sandwich. Overall very good, quite saucy for the brisket which may be better experienced with some of the sauce...More

Thank gassink13
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We were told this is the place to go. It was okay. Certainly not the best in town. Very small. 3 tables to be exact. Two were taken so we took the third. In comes 6 people. We were asked to move from our table...More

2  Thank tcshaws
Dean S, Owner at Sparks BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

As the owner I have to wonder if your review actually is related to my business. First and foremost, we have NEVER asked a customer to relocate after WE have seated them. Secondly we have a lot more than 3 tables inside...seating for 36 outside...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Based on the previous reviews my husband and I tried Sparks BBQ while visiting TC. We split Pauly’s plate and thoroughly enjoyed it. We arrived about 25 minutes before they closed and they had run out of ribs. We substituted it with the chicken. All...More

1  Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing! We were headed back to Indiana and randomly found this gem! It's just a little whole in the wall. Probably the best barbecue we have ever had! The service was awesome! Very friendly! You won't be disappointed!

Thank michellerfoster
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
American, Barbecue, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2613
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-633-7800
  • E-mail
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
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