No bones about it, Boney's is a winner

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A plate of ribs at Boney's.
Though we live in a town that isn't known for its barbecue, Denverites have strong opinions about what does and doesn't count as good 'cue. So it goes without saying that I, along with the rest of Café Society, am always on the lookout for new places to share with our readers. But after any number of disappointing meals, I often wind up at a repeat winner of Westword's Best Barbecue category: Boney's Smokehouse BBQ.

See also:
Best Barbecue Restaurant 2014 -- Boney's Smokehouse BBQ

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Kings BBQ: never on Monday....
That's where I found myself recently, with a friend who recently moved to Denver and has been complaining about the lack of good ribs in his new hometown. I'd tried to take him to a new spot, Kings BBQ, which chef-owner CJ Johnson quietly opened this spring as a brick-and-mortar follow-up to his food truck. But the day we sped over there on I-70, exiting just past Lakeside, we found the smoker off and the parking lot empty. Kings, it turns out, is closed on Mondays.

So we headed to Boney's, my fallback for tender, dry-rubbed ribs, chopped Angus brisket and hickory-smoked pulled pork with lots of chewy black ends. He liked the place enough to return -- which is saying something for a man who's lived in Texas and has eaten barbecue at well-known spots in Kansas City and Memphis. "Lots of barbecue joints have good meat," he concluded, "but this one has sides worth eating." I couldn't agree more, since those sides range from saucy macaroni and cheese to fried okra to rich, pork-thickened beans.

My friend had other plans on the days when I returned to Kings BBQ and actually managed to eat there. But you can find out whether the meals I had at this no-frills joint in Wheat Ridge are good enough to dethrone Boney's as best 'cue in town when my review of Kings BBQ is posted here tomorrow.

In the meantime, dish up the names of your favorite barbecue joints in the comments section below.


Location Info

Boney's Smokehouse BBQ

1543 Champa St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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Kevin Mccarthy
Kevin Mccarthy

U said there weren't any In Denver not as good as hog wild in Il

Vic-Stevinson
Vic-Stevinson

Awesome food, and reliably unreliable service: wonderful and friendly one visit, non-existent the next.

Krystyna Eller
Krystyna Eller

Edwards meats in Wheatridge makes some mighty fine pork ribs. ..

Jim B Bochenek
Jim B Bochenek

The kitchen table on 22nd and Lafayette is the bomb! Best bbq I have ever had. Good prices also.

Erik James
Erik James

Curtis Jones what chu know bout Boneys haven't been we needa roll

Raymond Ramsgate
Raymond Ramsgate

honestly I think Russell's Smokehouse might be the best I've ever had. ya know... next to the green russell?? Frank Bonanno?

Amber Vojensky
Amber Vojensky

Try Sons of Scullery BBQ cart on 16th street mall, they are between Stout and California. They just opened up and their BBQ is better than Boney's, I had some the other day and was blown away by how good their food is!

Stephen Kreutzer
Stephen Kreutzer

I'm from K.C. and I love Country Time!! Ribs as good as home!

Quentin Elrod
Quentin Elrod

I grew up in Austin. The only places I'll get brisket are Boney's and The Belmar Whole Foods.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Sounds like a personal problem. Boneys is delicious

Eric Olson
Eric Olson

YAZOO BBQ is Denver's best by far. Both locations kill it.

Rona Kilmer
Rona Kilmer

Boney's is fantastic. Jabo's is pretty awesome too.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

After 3 visits in hopes of awesome, we found Yazoo's dry and flavorless.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Boneys is overpriced and the portions are small. Go to Yazoo instead.

Jake Littleton
Jake Littleton

I agree, good stuff. One of the coldest beers I've ever been served was a great first impression too!

Traci Marsh
Traci Marsh

Boney's is THE BEST. family owned and awesome awesome service, friendly, fast, and fair priced. Love that place!!

billbryan173
billbryan173

Jabos in Centennial and Tin Star in Golden. Lots of great BBQ within our food truck scene

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Except for all of the other ones that you rave about every week.

entertainmentoverkil
entertainmentoverkil

How did this win? Maybe the worst bbq I've had in town. I even went back to Boney's thinking they had an off day. Both times: tough, bland meat. Don't care about the sides, if you can't get the meat beyond cardboard status, it isn't worth the time.

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

@entertainmentoverkil I don't go that far but it's unremarkable. Links are pretty good,  ribs & pulled pork  OK.  Just realized I haven't had the brisket somebody raved about above, will have to try.  But what I've had is in the same generally acceptable-but-not-special range as, say, Brothers or almost everywhere else.


Yazoo OTOH is truly execrable.

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