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The 10 Best BBQ Restaurants In Denver

Updated: May 2, 2022

Denver does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. After scrutinizing millions of critic and diner reviews from top sites we give you the list of Denver’s best BBQ. Head to these spots for some of the tastiest brisket and burnt ends your taste buds can imagine!

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

Owlbear Barbecue

American, $$, Five PointsAmerican, $$Denver, Five Points
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2016

    The State of Denver’s BBQ Scene 2016

    Zagat, 2016
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019

Roaming Buffalo BBQ

American, $$, RosedaleAmerican, $$Denver, Rosedale
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2015

    Denver’s 6 Hottest BBQ Joints

    Zagat, 2015
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019

Ragin' Hog BBQ

American, $$, BerkeleyAmerican, $$Denver, Berkeley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019
  • Eater, 2018

    Where to Dine in the Berkeley Neighborhood

    Eater, 2018

Smokin Yard's Bbq

$$, Baker$$Denver, Baker
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019

AJ's Pit Bar-B-Q

American, $$, OverlandAmerican, $$Denver, Overland
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019

Smok

American, $$, Five PointsAmerican, $$Denver, Five Points
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019
  • Eater, 2019

    The 2019 Guide to Getting Away From Denver Restaurant Week

    Eater, 2019

Yazoo BBQ Company

American, $$, Five PointsAmerican, $$Denver, Five Points
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue

    Eater, 2019

Saucy’s Southern BBQ & Cuisine

Five PointsDenver, Five Points
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 4.5

Smokin' Ace

American, Lincoln ParkAmericanDenver, Lincoln Park
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 5.0

Hank's Texas Barbecue

New American, $$, HaleNew American, $$Denver, Hale
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Why is this list better than others?

Choosing the right spot for Barbeque can be tough, especially if you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 7480 Denver restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Denver restaurant reviews, and 681 lists and articles – looking closely at what Eater had to say – and applied our boam magic. Yes, we even looked at Eater - The 2019 Guide to Getting Away From Denver Restaurant Week, Eater - Where to Dine in the Berkeley Neighborhood and Eater - Denver's Essential Spots for Barbecue to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. If your next meal is in any of these ten restaurants, the Barbeque aficionado in you will rejoice.

Questions & answers

Cupbop, The Colorado Pig Rig, and Burgers & Bones are the highest-rated food trucks that serves barbeque in Denver.

Owlbear Barbecue, Smokin Yard's Bbq, and Roaming Buffalo BBQ are the highest-rated barbeque spots for take-out in Denver.

AFC Wings & Fish, Saucy’s Southern BBQ & Cuisine, and Smokin' Ace are the highest-rated barbeque spots for dinner in Denver.

Owlbear Barbecue, WaterCourse Foods, and Smok are the highest-rated vegetarian barbeque spots in Denver.

Kealohas BBQ and The Taco Connection are food stands that serve barbeque in Denver.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Rosé and grilled turkey burger


    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled turkey burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Rosé complements the dish as it battles the grilled flavours.


  • Zinfandel with your beef burger

    If your food palns include Barbeque, then you should consider helping it along with some red wine. We find that a Zinfandel, with its hits of spice tones, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

  • Enjoy pork with Pinot Noir

    To elevate your pork experience, we recommend some Pinot Noir to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this red wine highlights the richer flavours of the meat.

Interesting facts about Barbeque

  • The record holder

    A little chili pepper string never hurt anybody! The size of the longest chili pepper string might surprise you, coming in at 4,576 feet 9 inches! How big of a kitchen do you need to make that?

  • saucy chicken wing milestone

    The saucy chicken wing was only thought up in 1950s! We wonder what people ever did without some good saucy chicken wing in their lives...

  • An order for 501wings of wings?

    Molly Schuyler holds the record for eating the most wings in the world by finishing no fewer than 501 in one sitting. Could you top that?

Parking tips

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