(credit: Jabo’s Bar-Be-Q)
Are you a fan of barbecue? Worried that it is hard to find some decent barbecue joints in the Mile High city? Well you are in for a treat because there are several truly amazing barbecue places that you simply have to check out. From good old-fashioned down-home barbecue served up on paper plates with tinfoil and lots of napkins to fancier spots with a gastropub feel, there is a variety here, and all of them are truly delicious ways to savor slowly smoked and grilled meats.
Jimmy’s Urban Bar and Grill
1530 Blake St., Suite B
Denver, CO 80202
Jimmy’s Urban Bar and Grill brings a barbecue twist to the gastropub. You’ll want to try all of the different house-smoked meat dishes like the slow roasted smoked pork served up with drunken onions, pickles and slaw on a toasted roll. Or try the hickory smoked brisket, or even a combination of the two, affectionately named The Fatal Attraction. The barbecue offerings here are few, but strong enough that they alone are worth the visit. Make sure to save room for dessert, however, because you are sure to want to try the fried candy bars like Snickers, Twix, Reese’s and Oreo cookies all topped with Madagascar vanilla ice cream.
1543 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
Boney’s Smokehouse is a well-kept secret in Denver. It’s easy to miss, as it’s located on the lower level in its building on Champa Street, but look carefully and you’ll be glad you found this hidden gem. All of the barbecue here is cooked up “low and slow,” just the way it should be, and you can’t miss with anything on the menu. Try the pulled pork or the slow smoked beef brisket and you’ll be in mouth-watering heaven. With its own dry rub, flavorful sauces and all of the great side dishes that you’d expect from a traditional barbecue joint, you’ll be visiting Boney’s again and again and again.
9682 E. Arapahoe Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Visit Jabo’s Bar-Be-Q for original pit-smoked flavor with recipes straight from Louisiana. All of the dishes are crafted by the owner and his wife, with more than 22 different varieties of sauces to top all of the amazingly delicious barbecued meats. Of course, that smoke is all delivered with hickory, bringing out tons of extra flavor. The portions are huge, so make sure to arrive hungry. Make sure not to miss the ribs, the hot link plate and the brisket. The other big surprise at Jabo’s are the sconuts, a Utah-style scone with the flavor and consistency of donuts served up with plenty of sweet butter. Make sure to save room for a few of these tasty treats.
With a name like Piggin’ Out, you know it must be good, and this place certainly delivers. All of the classic barbecue dishes are offered, from hot links to ribs, turkey, pork and brisket, each slow smoked and truly delectable. If you aren’t sure what to try, just get the sampler platter so you can get a small taste of all of the amazing dishes at Piggin’ Out. This is classic barbecue that is very hard to find in Denver, so make sure to take the trip to Lakewood to give this place a try. Save room for the amazing peach cobbler or some banana pudding for dessert, the perfect sweet way to top off an incredible meal.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.