On
Newsstands
Now
Current Issue

Southern Eats: Lulu’s BBQ

|

I’ve never had much reason to make the drive to Louisville, often passing the exit sign without a second thought as I headed for the brighter lights of Boulder. Then I had dinner at LuLu’s BBQ.

Situated on the town’s quaint but cozy main drag—Louisville has twice been named the best small town to live in by Money magazine—the eight-month-old restaurant has a laid-back diner-meets-barbecue vibe. It’s a mash-up of retro silver high-tops, a wall-mounted deer skull, open-air garage door windows, and cornhole in the back.

Advertisement

The Texas-style slow-smoked meats are dry-rubbed but otherwise left unadorned. The Kobe beef ribs (a weekly special) are rubbed with a mix of spices and coffee grinds from Flatirons Coffee Roasters down the street, infusing the fall-off-the-bone meat with a balanced, earthy flavor. Similarly, the beer can chicken (pictured) is tender and juicy, benefitting from a layer of house-made barbecue sauce made with brown sugar, molasses, and honey—a recipe from co-owner Kevin Herrington’s father.

The sides are similarly treated—left unembellished so the true flavors shine. The sweet potato tater tots are crispy and fresh; the coleslaw is crunchy (though it could use a couple less shakes of vinegar); the cornbread is crumbly with just a hint of sweetness. In short, this is barbecue at its finest.

701-B Main St., Louisville, 720-583-1789

Daliah Singer, 5280 Contributor

Daliah Singer is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denver. You can find more of her work at daliahsinger.com.

Recommended for You

Newsletter Signup

Keep me up to date on the latest trends and happenings around Denver. 5280 has a newsletter for everyone. Sign Up