Counting down the days and hours until I can become covered in pork fat, BBQ sauce, and beer… I’m going to make that guy from the Travel Channel who does the eating challenges look like he has a disorder of the other kind.
If you’re into BBQ, beer, booze, and live music, there is a throw down of epic proportions happening this weekend: the Denver Big Barbecue Block Party.
These are the big boys of BBQ, the real deal. Regional BBQ selections from all over the BBQ “heartland” will be prepared by pit masters from those regions. Everything from Texas to North Carolina and in between, brisket, pork shoulders, ribs, sausages, and whole hogs. Yes, that’s right – WHOLE FREAKIN’ HOGS!!
Colorado will be represented by a couple of talented pit masters in their own right: Jake Linzinmeir from Tomboy Tavern in Telluride and Drew Robinson of Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q in Denver.
Oh ya, beverages. No BBQ festival would be complete without some adult beverages. Colorado will stick to what it’s great at, with Lucky U IPA & Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery, and Railyard Ale & B3K from Wynkoop Brewing Company, as well as distilled spirits from Breckenridge Distillery.
If you are the weekend warrior pit master type, this a golden opportunity to check out seminars, cooking demonstrations, and rub some elbows with true experts. Mike Mills and Amy Mills, authors of “Peace Love and Barbecue”, will be in attendance. That wonderful tome is an indispensable guide to the history and regionality of BBQ, as well as providing prize winning recipes directly from the pit masters.
It wouldn’t be a real party without some tunes, and there will be plenty, all with local ﬂavor. Saturday: Doctor Robert, Chris Bergson Band, and The Felice Brothers; Sunday: The Hollyfelds, The Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers (They are AWESOME!), and Shemekia Copeland.
There is no regular, ofﬁcial, “Denver” BBQ festival, and that’s sad. Hopefully, this will be a way to jump start a regular festival. Get over there and let the smoke and big ﬂavors tempt your inner southern soul. Everyone has one.
Skyline Park – Arapahoe, between 15th and 17th Streets
Saturday 8/4 and Sunday 8/5, high noon till 7:00PM
Free Admission – all food and beverages may be purchased a la carte
VIP Festival passes are available, check website.