Reader: I'm always disappointed when a BBQ joint closes

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You could hear Jason Sheehan crying back in Philadelphia: The last outpost of Big Papa's BBQ, the place that inspired his "I Believe" essay on barbecue that became a segment on NPR's "This I Believe" series, has closed on East Evans Avenue. Back in 2005, in his review of that Big Papa's location, Sheehan wrote this: "I believe in barbecue. As soul food and comfort food and health food, as a cuisine of both solace and celebration. When I'm feeling good, I want barbecue. And when I'm feeling bad, I just want barbecue more. I believe in barbecue in all its regional derivations, in its ethnic translations, in forms that range from white-tablecloth presentations of cunningly sauced costillas, to Chinese takeout spareribs that stain your fingers red, to the most authentic product of the tar-paper rib shacks in the Deep South."

See also: Big Papa's closes its last location, but lives on for true barbecue believers.

Says ScubaSteve:

I fell asleep about a third of the way through reading Jason's essay. I just woke up. Sorry, Jason. We still love you anyway. I'm always disappointed when a BBQ joint closes, being the BBQ fan that I am.
Fans of barbecue, rise up and be counted: When you want good barbecue in metro Denver, where do you go?




Location Info

Big Papa's BBQ - CLOSED

6265 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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Marshall Orozco
Marshall Orozco

Tough question, being that I'm from KC and am completely biased. Closest to the best of the best is Harlem Smoketrotters BBQ. Check them out if you can.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

Rib House, Georgia Boys. Beats all your crappy places.

Joshua Levitt
Joshua Levitt

There is a bbq truck in Golden, west side of 6th Avenue, near the Tajmahal (courthouse). It's a yellow trailer and dude drives a yellow van. He is parked outside of a gas station. He's been there for a couple years now. Best Damn brisket and hot link you can get!! His prices don't break the bank and he's always appreciative of the business.

jeskendall
jeskendall

Moe's Original BBQ is unbeatable! !

jeskendall
jeskendall

Moe's Original BBQ can't be beat!

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

I think dickey's on Arapaho Road is the best dickey's in the chain and some of the best barbecue I've ever had

William Buntenbach
William Buntenbach

There is a new bbq place opening soon I heard on 120th and grant in the new buildings being built there.,.gonna have to try them for sure,,

Jessie Vaughan
Jessie Vaughan

Check out broken bones in monument if you're on i 25!!

Jimmy Bernat
Jimmy Bernat

Jimmy's @ 1530 Blake has some pretty dang good BBQ.

Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins

Jabo's and Mo's are good, but they dont have the killer ribs that I'm craving.

Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins

What a damn shame. They had the best baby-backs in town. By a mile! Great sauces as well.

patrick.quinby
patrick.quinby

God I miss Joes West of Memphis on Colfax. That place was the BEST.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

You can always move back to Texas if you want cheap, overcooked Redneck "cuisine". 

Scratch
Scratch

I go to Texas or Kansas City for great BBQ! I don't believe the demand is high enough in Colorado for Barbecue restaurants to put the love into smoking meats daily.

I hate to admit it because It is part of a chain but Rudy's is probably the best in Colorado.

canoby
canoby

They are KC style?  Or at least closest?

I am with you; KC is the best and nothing else comes close.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... the North Broadway store.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... true, but these metro-hipsters rarely get outside their Denver bubble.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Nathan Hansen = reading comprehension FAIL!

cobylove
cobylove

@Scratch  Best in Colorado would be Nordy's in Loveland.  Go during the week for the buffet and you will be very happy for $12.  Best brisket I've had and I've lived in TX and KC.

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