January means National Western Stock Show and Rodeo season in the Mile High City. And watching all that bull riding, mutton bustin’, and horse dancing is sure to stoke an appetite. This year, skip the typical carnival fare of corn dogs and funnel cakes, and explore some of the annual event’s more compelling eats.
Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ: You can’t miss this barbecue stand, which resembles a log smokehouse replete with a huge drum smoker. Choices include an oversized smoked turkey leg or a pulled-pork sandwich, both served with a side of roasted corn on the cob.
Crêpes & Company: Crêpes & Company slings wafer-thin pancakes stuffed with fillings both sweet and savory. The Mile High is packed with grilled chicken, ham, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mile-high sauce, a dressing made from caramelized Vidalia onions. If you have a sweet tooth, order the Bananalicious, a crêpe filled with peanut butter, Nutella, and bananas.
Tacos y Salsas: Denver’s homegrown taqueria has a Stock Show outpost. Order authentic, street-style tacos (we like pork al pastor or adobada) on house-made tortillas or try the gorditas, puffy corn pockets stuffed with your choice of meat and one of the 12 signature salsas.
Bar and Grill Steakhouse: The Stock Show’s resident fine-dining steak house serves only the finest cuts and brands of beef. Whether you go for one of the sublime steak dinners or opt for the crab cakes instead, dinner here is a fittingly meaty indulgence.
The Smokehouse: This spot smokes ribs, chicken, brisket, and sausage, and then slathers it with barbecue sauce made with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.
Bonus: On Saturday, January 9, 40 teams will compete in an all-day barbecue throw down. The teams will present their best pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, and more as they vie for coveted champion titles. This event is free with a grounds admission ticket.