Located inside the Silver Lake Mall Food Court!

About David James Barbecue

Meet David James

 Your favorite Coeur d’Alene barbecue restaurant is now David James Barbecue. David James is our award-winning barbecue pitmaster, owner and head chef.


David James Hart has been grilling since age 10, starting on his mother’s old charcoal hibachi. As a teen and young adult, David worked as a line cook, prep cook and char broiler before starting a career as a logger in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest and surrounding region. While working in the back country, David took up Dutch oven and camp cooking, which led to a fascination with smokers and smoking meats.


After 20 years in the woods, David decided to share his knowledge of outdoor cooking with others. In 2006, he opened the 1910 Smoking Wood Company. David’s business offered equipment and products for smoking and grilling, along with classes and events. In 2009, the 1910 Smoking Wood Company hosted the first ever barbecue championship cookoff at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds with 36 teams competing for the state championship.


In 2010, David had the privilege of accompanying one of those teams to the World Championship Invitational Barbecue Competition hosted by Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, Tennessee. In 2012, David launched The Hired Grill Catering Company and in 2015 acquired a food truck to deliver barbecue to the masses. 

David James Barbecue restaurant, formerly D-J's Pit Beef, is now located in Food Court at the Silver Lake Mall at 200 W. Hanley Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. David James Barbecue offers a fusion of several barbecue regions and influences to create what we like to call Idaho BBQ. Fans of Texas, Kansas City, Memphis and Carolina Styles will find something they love at David James Barbecue.


In addition to dine-in and carry-out barbecue, David James Barbecue offers custom catering packages.  

David James Barbecue caters everything from summer parties to corporate events. From affordable carry-out packages to full-service catering, we cater throughout North Idaho and Eastern Washington, including Kootenai County, Spokane County, Shoshone County, Bonner County, Benewah County and communities from Coeur d'Alene to Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, Hayden Lake, Wallace, Kellogg, Sandpoint, Spirit Lake, Bayview, Athol, St. Maries and More!


Our calendar is filling up fast, so if you have an event planned this year, now is the time to reserve your date! Call David today to learn about our customized catering packages (208) 758-0227.

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