Sure, Colorado may not be famous for its barbecue but that doesn’t mean we can’t serve up a mean plate of slow-smoked meats and mouthwatering baked beans. Here in Northern Colorado, we have an impressive lineup of local restaurants, food trucks and national chains serving up some of the best barbecue in the entire state!
Learn more about our top picks below and get ready for a Northern Colorado barbecue tour you’ll want to embark on again and again.
Locally owned and operated, Mo Jeaux’s is the go-to place in Fort Collins to enjoy slow-smoked Southern BBQ, mouthwatering burgers and Cajun classics. With 15 beers on tap, more than 14 TVs with HDTV sports, pool tables and a huge patio with views of the mountains, it’s the perfect place for watch parties, family dinners and every other food and drink occasion!
Their meats are rubbed with original spice recipes then slow-smoked for up to 15 hours over indirect heat burning mesquite and pecan. With sauce served on the side, you’ll soon find out why this is some of the best meat in town!
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Barbecue lovers travel from all over Northern Colorado to get the craveable, perfect meats available at Nordy’s. For more than 25 years, the Nordhagen family has been serving mouth-watering, slow-cooked ribs, brisket, sausage and pork from their hickory pit smoker. So, next time your BBQ craving hits, grab a seat at Nordy’s — and be sure to embark on the sauce tour!
One of the only mom and pop barbecue restaurants in Fort Collins, Hog Wild serves up real Southern-style barbeque developed from recipes and experiences collected from the owner Chris Robinson’s childhood in North Carolina. Now, he and Katy have brought those craveable flavors to Fort Collins. They use a real wood smoker so you won’t have a hard time tracking them down — just follow the mouth-watering smell!
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Locally and veteran-owned, The Boar and Bull has brought local meats and the traditional butcher shop back to Loveland. In their convenient downtown location, you can shop beef and pork cuts sourced sustainably and locally, and you can stay for a meal in the tavern! On the menu, you’ll find Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders, BBQ Brisket Sliders and delectable barbecue sides like Bacon Mac and beans made with their house BBQ Sauce.
This Colorado chain has four locations in Northern Colorado, two more near Durango and two across the border in New Mexico. When you stop in any location, you’ll find the must-try smoked turkey paired with homemade cranberry habanero salsa, award-winning pulled pork with fruity, fiery cherry-chipotle salsa, and a whole menu of savory, flavor-packed barbecue favorites!
Founded by three Alabama locals, Moe’s Original BBQ has become a nationwide barbecue phenomenon. Though there are more than 50 locations throughout the country, there’s only one in Northern Colorado — and you can find it right in the heart of Old Town!
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Photo courtesy of BIGS Meat Wagon
This famous Northern Colorado food truck doesn’t mess around when it comes to barbecue and homemade sauce. At the 2018 Taste of Fort Collins, they won the People’s Choice Award which marks their fourth consecutive year taking home an award! You can find the BIGS team at all of FoCo’s biggest events. Follow them on Facebook to track down the truck and shop their famous BBQ sauce online here.
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This Greeley-based food truck can often be found serving up mouthwatering barbecue in locations around Greeley, LaSalle, Windsor and other Northern Colorado communities. Follow them on Facebook to find out where they’ll be next!
This famous barbecue chain serves up house-smoked meats, stuffed baked potatoes and classic sides like cornbread, Texas toast, beans and coleslaw. Though there are locations all over the country, you can find the Northern Colorado restaurants in Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley (where there are two!).
This national restaurant chain serves authentic, made-from-scratch BBQ and a lineup of sauces you’ll come back for again and again. You have to try them all, after all! There are six locations around Colorado, but only one in Northern Colorado.
If you have a go-to spot for barbecue in Northern Colorado, let us know in the comments below!