Chad Smith, the owner of Flaming Pig BBQ, has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years, but he only landed in Tumwater 4 years ago. “I’ve been doing stuff in restaurants for most of my life. I started as a wee little prep cook as a teenager and then worked my way up the ladder to be an executive chef,” he explains. “I’ve also done a lot of different styles of cooking up and down the west coast, from high-end steak houses to kosher cooking.”
Everything from his early days in the restaurant industry to his business degree from University of Washington has brought him to Flaming Pig BBQ in Tumwater.
In the past year, Chad acquired the restaurant from the former owners, Mike and Sadie Hill.
“Flaming Pig BBQ is another learning experience for me,” Chad says. “I’m trying to take all my industry knowledge and expand on what Mike and Sadie built.”
Tumwater Barbecue Joint Serves up Comfort
One thing Chad knows about barbeque is that it’s a style of food that brings people together. “It’s comfort food, to say the least,” he says. “It’s not pretentious.”
Chad and Flaming Pig BBQ don’t just stop at slow-cooked, mouth-watering meats. In addition, the restaurant serves up delicious sides, homemade sauces, and moist baked goods, like desserts and jalapeño-cheddar cornbread muffins.
Flaming Pig BBQ operates as both a food truck and a dine-in restaurant. In September 2022 they added bottled and canned beer and wine. They also recently added draft beer and television for sports viewing.
“We really try to promote a family type of atmosphere here. It’s very casual and laid back. It’s a place for people to come together around great food.”
Flaming Pig BBQ Gives Back to Tumwater Community
The restaurant has a rich reputation in the community due to Mike and Sadie’s understanding of how important the community is in Tumwater, Chad explains. “The business itself is highly regarded in the community, and I want to continue that more than ever,” he continues. “It’s been a real blessing to be a part of it all.”
Flaming Pig BBQ prides itself on being a sponsor to young individuals and groups throughout the area. They’ve sponsored young people in the Thurston County Youth Market Animal Sale (TCYMAS), the Thurston County Youth Football League (TCYFL), Black Hills High School Wolves Cheer, and Tumwater High School athletics, just to name a few.
“It’s just been amazing to see how our food can bring people together,” Chad says. “The Tumwater community has been wonderful. In my over 30 years in the restaurant industry, I’ve never met nicer people and customers.”
Event Catering in Tumwater
Whether you’re looking to cater an event or just pick up food for the whole family, you’ve come to the right place. Flaming Pig BBQ is ready to serve groups, both big and small.
They also do party platters, which are giant trays of all your favorite meets, fixings, sauces and their cornbread muffins. In addition, they offer smaller family packs, which feed four to six people.
Order now online at the Flaming Pig Barbecue website or via phone at 360.628.3871.
If you plan on eating at Flaming BBQ, don’t forget to ask about the weekly specials! You won’t want to miss this mouth-watering barbeque experience.
Flaming Pig BBQ
111 Tumwater Boulevard SE, B102, Olympia