Ah, BBQ ribs – the quintessential American food. Whether you’re a Colorado native or just visiting, you won’t want to miss out on the best BBQ ribs Denver has to offer.
From classic smoked recipes to modern takes on the classic dish, this city has something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a delicious meal that will have your taste buds dancing, look no further than these top spots.
No matter which style of BBQ ribs you prefer, these restaurants have got it all! You can find everything from traditional wood-fired recipes to creative dishes that take advantage of all the fresh and local ingredients available in Denver.
And with so many options around town, it can be hard to decide where to go for your next rib-filled feast! That's why we've put together this list of our favorite places in town that serve up some seriously tasty BBQ ribs.
Whether you're after a casual meal or an upscale dining experience, each of these spots is sure to satisfy your craving for delicious BBQ ribs. From fall-off-the-bone tenderness to lip-smacking sauces and sides, each one brings something unique and flavorful to the table.
So get ready for some serious finger licking goodness – here are our picks for the best places in Denver where you can get your fix of mouthwatering BBQ ribs!
1. Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Brew
Diners looking for a great place to enjoy some delicious BBQ ribs should check out Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Brew. The restaurant has a rustic setting and offers up a full bar.
Customers can choose from BBQ sandwiches, platters, and ribs in addition to sides like macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere inside is comfortable with the smell of smoked food.
The ribs served here are cooked to perfection. They literally fall off the bone, so soft! The meat is tender, juicy without being over cooked or mushy. There are also five to seven different BBQ sauces available for customers to choose from which helps customize their meal even further.
The portions are generous so customers get more than enough food for their money's worth plus there's always enough sides for two people to share if needed.
Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Brew offers an enjoyable experience with quality service from the moment you walk through the door until you leave with your take-out containers filled with delicious food!
Prices are reasonable too which makes it an even better value. For those looking for great tasting barbecue ribs without breaking the bank this is definitely a spot worth checking out!
2. Ragin’ Hog BBQ
Paying a visit to Ragin' Hog BBQ is an experience that can't be missed. This rustic counter-serve restaurant offers Southern-style smoked meats with housemade BBQ sauces and sides.
The portions are generous, the prices are reasonable, and the customer service is second to none.
The meats are cooked to perfection and offer a range of flavors from East Coast sauces to something for everyone.
The ribs were especially delicious – falling off the bone – with several sauce choices available for those who like a bit of spice. Brisket flat cuts and spareribs were also on offer, all cooked with tenderness and flavor in mind.
The sides offered at Ragin' Hog BBQ are equally impressive – mac n cheese is creamy and delicious, potato salad is full of flavor, and there's even a great selection of desserts for those who want an extra sweet treat after their meal.
All this combined with friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere makes it hard not to recommend this place!
3. Kealoha’s BBQ
Kealoha’s BBQ is an unassuming little food stand in downtown that serves up delicious Hawaiian classics.
The menu includes BBQ ribs, loco moco, teriyaki chicken, spam musubi, and burgers and shrimp tacos. All the food is made from scratch, including the sauces.
The BBQ ribs were tender and juicy with a sweet and tangy sauce that was a bit too sweet for my taste but still very good.
We got the combination plate for $15 which included bbq ribs and teriyaki chicken along with two sides: one of which was a side salad with a very tasty dressing. The portions were generous for the price and it only took about five minutes to get our food even with a moderate line.
The owner of Kealoha’s BBQ is friendly and conversational making this humble pit stop all the more enjoyable. The snack had their Lilikoi sauce which tasted amazing!
I've had pulled pork, teriyaki chicken, and ribs here before – all to die for! And don't forget the sides; their mac salad is excellent especially when paired with loco moco.
Kealoha’s BBQ offers great prices for good amounts of freshly made food in a short period of time – plus friendly service! Delicious flavors make this place worth visiting again soon!
4. Frank’s Bar-B-Que Catering Service
Satisfy your BBQ craving with Frank’s Bar-B-Que Catering Service! This Texas-style BBQ caterer and takeout shop offers mouthwatering meats and sides by the pound or combo plate for carryout, plus full-service catering.
The 5 meat option is fantastic, with ribs and beef brisket that simply melt in your mouth. The pulled pork is juicy, tender and crisped just right. The steaks are tender, perfectly seasoned and flavorful. Their tangy sauce has a rich smoky flavor that will make you come back for more!
The staff at Frank’s Bar-B-Que Catering Service is friendly and accommodating – they responded quickly to questions, arrived on time with everything as we ordered, catered to our vegetarian and gluten free guests at our wedding and were all around fantastic to deal with.
The two gentlemen who took care of us were very responsive, kind, helpful, and professional!
Frank’s Bar-B-Que Catering Service is great both for the quick bite or a family dinner. They offer healthy portions at an affordable price – plus their customer service is unbeatable!
5. Brothers BBQ
Oozing with southern charm, Brothers BBQ is the perfect place to satisfy your craving for slow-smoked meats and sides.
The atmosphere is welcoming and inviting, with a bare-bones, homegrown counter chain that serves up loads of ribs, brisket and other barbecued delicacies. The service provided is fast and friendly, even when it's busy.
The food is always delicious – the ribs are tender, moist and saucy; the pulled pork melts in your mouth; the side dishes are creamy and crunchy; the sauces are unique and tasty.
Their Thursday special of $1.25 per rib is a great deal! And don't forget to ask for some beef ribs – they're Flintstone size!
The portions may be small for the price but don't let that stop you from visiting this amazing place.
The customer service here is top notch with friendly staff members who will make sure you have an enjoyable experience from start to finish. So if you're in need of some good barbecue fixin's head on over to Brothers BBQ!
6. Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que
Mouthwatering ribs, delicious sides and great customer service make Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que a must for anyone looking for a BBQ fix. The ribs are tender and juicy with just the right amount of kick from their sauce.
The portions are large enough to feed two or three people, and the rib tips are huge. The tables are squeaky clean, the servers friendly and fast, orders taken quickly and food delivered as ordered with no mistakes.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting with TVs showing sports all around in a laid back atmosphere that makes you feel happy every time you come in. The staff is friendly and accommodating, always checking to see if you need anything.
There's plenty of choices even for gluten free folks, with reasonably priced sides that may be some of the best in Denver area. Their cornbread is freshly baked too!
Their St Louis rib special for $2 was well worth it – the ribs were moist with just enough smokiness that they didn't even need sauce – plus they were served fast! Pulled pork sandwiches were also on point.
And there's different sauces to choose from if you want to add more flavor or spice up your meal. It would be nice if they had more dessert options though but overall it was an enjoyable experience!