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5 Places to Go for National Barbecue Day

It's a 'cue kind of day

It’s #NationalBBQDay—and an excuse to grease up our faces with the best ‘cue in town. Although we may not be as popular as the Carolinas or St. Louis when it comes barbecue, Colorado has its own lineup of must-try spots to satisfy those smokey cravings. Here are five places to celebrate #NationalBarbecueDay.

GQue {5160 West 120th Avenue, Westminster; 303.379.9205}

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Decorated barbecue champion from all across the country, Jason Ganahl has been dishing out his championship-style ‘cue to the Westminster area since November 2015. From no-sauce-necessary slabs of brisket to the undeniably juicy Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage, go hog wild and get a little bit of everything.

Boney’s Barbeque {1543 Champa Street, Denver; 303.825.9900}

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Specializing in the sweet, sultry flavors of Southern barbecue, Boney’s is sure to satisfy that barbecue hankering. Gathering over six generations of recipes—drawing from the hickory-smoked pork shoulders of the Carolinas to St. Louis-style spare ribs—Boney’s is set to fufill your barbecue needs. Don’t forget to tie it all together with a much-needed glass of Sweet Tea.

Georgia Boys {237 Collyer Street, Longmont; 720.999.4099;
141 Fifth Street, Frederick; 303.833.3140}

Georgia Boys

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What started out as a sack lunch businesses around Boulder, Georgia Boys now serves as a refuge for northern Coloradans on the hunt for Southern-styled barbecue. Pros at all things pig, the pitmasters make a brisket that is a must-have but don’t forget to pair with indulgent sides, from collards ‘n’ mustards to sweet potato casserole.

Yazoo Barbecue Company {2150 Broadway, Denver, 303.296.3334;
9555 East Arapahoe Road, Englewood; 303-792-9500}

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Bringing the flavors of Memphis to the Midwest, Yazoo Barbecue Company is all about the dry rub. Owner Don Hines prefers that the meat speaks for itself, cooking his pork, ribs, and brisket with four iterations of savory dry rubs. But if you need a little sauce with your ‘cue, the restaurant offers a full lineup of homemade sauces from Southern/Florida Mild to Hot Tangy, to the wild inferno Sign a Disclaimer Hot!, sure to cause tears, sweat, and just maybe, a little bit of happiness.

The West End Tavern {926 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.444.3535}

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Since 1987, West End Tavern has been a popular pub joint for Boulderites, perfect for a cold beer, good conversation, and most importantly, barbecue. Utilizing Yoder Smokers that run 24 hours a day, guests can tour the best styles of barbecue from Texas Beef Brisket to the KC Half Rack of Ribs. Paired with the biggest library of bourbon in the state–with 75 selections and counting—sip and savor to your hearts desire.

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Morgan Carter, Editor