“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace but it’s a start.”-Anthony Bourdain

Welcome back to Uncle Tom’s Corner. There’s not too much going on in the barbecue world lately…at least not in our area. Seems it might be a bit chilly for barbecue contests and those of us of a certain age are reluctant to shovel the snow out of the way just for the sake of some home cooked ribs.

So those of us who aren’t baseball fans have wondered When the catcher goes out to the mound, what are they talking about? “Should we really be wearing vertical stripes?” “Do these pants make my butt look big?” “This catcher’s mask is giving me a rash.” “I shouldn’t have eaten that chili dog last night. I think the home plate ump is gonna pass out.”

And so it is with barbecue judges at a contest. What do they talk about when not stuffing their faces with incredible barbecue or debating various detergents capable of getting the sauce stains out of yet another shirt.


When I went through the certification class all those many ribs ago I posed the question “Is this going to make me a barbecue snob?” That query was met with a unanimous and resounding “Yes”. So one of the things discussed…along with what an aphrodisiac the smell of barbecue is to a testosterone-enraged male- is “What is your favorite barbecue restaurant?”

As a public service and with total disregard for my own health and well-being, I’ll give you a list of some of my favorites as well as some input from my fellow judges. And I hope to be able to provide you with an expanded list sometime in the near future that would include the whole of the Rocky Mountain States.

If you have a favorite that doesn’t appear in this list please forward it to me. I might add that the various genres of barbecue are as much a matter of personal choice as favorite beer, wine, car or anything else. So here goes…and I have no problem recommending any of these. In no particular order:



If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some good Q and are in the Front Range give one or more of ‘em a try. And that’s all I have for this issue. Be safe, stay warm and I’ll see you through the smoke.

See you next time at Uncle Tom’s Corner.