Guess where I'm eating predictably lousy Denver barbecue?

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Lori Midson

Denver continually gets a bad rap for its barbecue, and if last night's dinner at a joint that prides itself on pulled pork, sausage links and smoked chicken is par for the course, then it's no wonder why. Equally dismal were the side dishes, especially the macaroni and cheese, which wasn't just bad: it was awful. Thank goodness for the banana pudding, because that was the only thing worth eating.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

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43 comments
mcjesus
mcjesus

Glad to read that plenty of people despise Moe's. They are inconsistent from meal-to-meal, and apparently location-to-location. A big fail for them. They do have the hipster factor, which I'm learning to hold against places as their first strike.


Not only is their barbecue lacking, but the fried catfish made an instant fan of me on my first trip with three fat succulent filets, and back-handed me on the second trip with five tiny finger-sized pieces of over-cooked "fish." I explained what I had once had and what I was looking at: "Oh, the price went way up. That's the portion now." Fine, keep it.

DanWinter
DanWinter

For what it's worth, a Texas Taco at Serious Texas BBQ in Longmont is bomb.  I can't bring myself to order anything else on the menu, so I really can't speak for the quality of the rest of their food.  But my goodness that taco is serious.  SERIOUS.

mtnrunner2
mtnrunner2

Looks like Moe's. BBQ is OK, sides are great but the side portions are tiny.


Every place in Denver other than Famous Dave's serves dry brisket. I will scan the comments for tips...

HonkyTalk
HonkyTalk

I have traveled the country for great BBQ, and while Denver doesn't have a TON of great options, there is definitely world class BBQ here:


1)Boney's BBQ

2)Smokin' Yards

3)Honky Tonk BBQ (In an Englewood parking lot, this is a hidden gem)



Moes is not good, Brothers is not good, Famous Daves is not good (Their shack fries are good, don't hate), Jim and Nick's is passable for a chain. 

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece

I mentioned Denver's terrible BBQ at work the other day, and someone was like "BUT BROTHERS!" The delusion is thick in this state.

guyutetrax
guyutetrax

Lori, you are CRAZY! ! Moe's may not be the best all around bbq in Denver but their pork, brisket, ribs and wings are amazing. They definitely didn't deserve such a harsh write up. I feel bad for Moe's that this was allowed on Westword's site. Get your taste buds checked!!

James Iacino
James Iacino

Best BBQ hands down in Denver is at Jabos, Arapahoe and Dayton.

Rebecca Campbell Caldwell
Rebecca Campbell Caldwell

Try Ragin' Hog BBQ - delicious, insane sauces and sides! They sell out most days, so get their early.

Kathy Kanda
Kathy Kanda

Best BBQ in Denver is at Matt Barrows house!

Jose Phine Klemaier
Jose Phine Klemaier

Get up the hill to Smokin Yards in Idaho Springs or Switchback in Kittredge.

bizhawker
bizhawker

Moe's is the worst!  Check out the Harlem Smoketrotters food truck- some of the best KC style BBQ I've ever had.

David Giacalone
David Giacalone

Their ribs, sauce, beans, collard greens, cornbread and catfish are awesome. Moe's is Alabama BBQ. If you're judging by the standards of KC or Texas, it won't meet your expectations. Of course, if you think Texas or KC style is the gold standard, then you really should have your head examined.

Ruben Morgan
Ruben Morgan

Best BBQ in the state is at Wayne's Smoke Shack - True Texas BBQ

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Russell's Smokehouse

oge389
oge389

How much for one rib!?

djhamel23
djhamel23

If you want to taste the BEST bbq in the country - right here in Denver - be sure to visit Jammin Joes BBQ on 26th/High Street. Award winning bbq from DC and Virginia. So delicious! And if you go back to Moe's, be sure to order their chicken (1/2 smoked, or wings) because these items are their best 'que. 

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

Big Papas... though it looks like Moe's to me (already guessed).

ChrisB
ChrisB

Moe's Original BBQ

mtnrunner2
mtnrunner2

@HonkyTalk  I've had good luck at Famous Dave's but will look into the places you mentioned. Thx.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bondadprevalece


HipTip: Brits don't make good BBQ.


HipperTip: Try Georgia Boys BBQ in Longmont ... made by real Georgia boys.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@guyutetrax  ... Moe's in Denver -- on Broadway -- sucks compared to the Moe's in Boulder. 


It's like Night and Day.



mcjesus
mcjesus

It is delicious, but officially in Greenwood Village, not Denver

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

@tropicalchrome1  

I just ate lunch at Famous Dave's last Friday.  I don't think that's the place.

tropicalchrome1
tropicalchrome1

@foodcrazy @tropicalchrome1

There was something about the bread that brought that name to mind, but it's been so long since I ate there I wasn't sure. Still, guessing's free :). And I'll be interested to find out where it was!

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

@LoriMidsonCafeSociety @ChrisBAs a chain, I expect that there's a fair amount of variation in each Moe's.  I tend to think the one in Boulder is decent, not great, and isn't always consistent, but rarely deserving of this kind of derision.  Still, had ChrisB not guessed it first, I would have guessed it, because the cornbread is particularly identifiable.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

@tropicalchrome1 @foodcrazy 

I had the burnt ends sandwich with a side of mac and cheese, so there wasn't any additional bread on the side.  I should've had one of the big plates instead.  I'm also interested in finding out the place.

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