Why Sparks BBQ?


As the saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. You can smell it, you can see it, and now you can taste it—the pure magic of backyard BBQ refined to its purest, most taste-bud-saturating perfection.  At Sparks BBQ, in Downtown Traverse City Prodigy pitmaster Dean Sparks brings the magic and the passion with his open flame culinary wizardry.  Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, beef jerky (is your mouth watering yet!) BBQ Chicken, Brats… it just keeps getting better!!! So summon your inner carnivore and bike, walk, paddle, or drive your way over to their new location between the Boardman River and East Front Street.  Or stalk their Food Truck on your favorite mobile device.  Either way, you will not be disappointed. sparks hero plate

What you have to try:


Sparks Famous BBQ Sunday is absolute meaty bliss in a cup.  No, we’re not talkin’ Ice Cream.  We’re talkin’ layered creamy coleslaw, pit-roasted beans, pulled pork and your choice of original or hot BBQ sauce, topped with Sparks’ original beef jerky stick.  Don’t try to wrap your brain around it, just order it.  You will NOT regret it. sparks sundae

What's Up Michigan's favorite:


You’ve gotta’ try this.  Rent a bike in Downtown TC and head south out of town on the Boardman Lake TART trail.  Cycle to the end of the Lake on the East side and take in the views.  Backtrack to your favorite lakeside brewery and after a pint (or two, your call!) reverse course back to Sparks BBQ.  When the wind is blowing from the west, you can smell it before you can see it.  It’s like a cloud of deliciousness beckoning your muscles to peddle faster.  And then you arrive.  Immersed in the smoke, and the smells, you forget everything you’ve ever done, thought, or felt, and your instincts take over.  On such an occasion a Beef Brisket Sandwich is just what the doctor ordered.  Well, maybe not your cardiologist… but he’s not invited! sparks brisket sandwich
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Traverse City, MI 49686
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