In the last few years I have dicovered that I have a passion for good Bar-B-Que. Everywhere I go, one of the first things I look for are good restaurants, especially BBQ joints and seafood houses. Since Oregon got some of the spotlight on the seafood side of things, now I thought I would share some BBQ places in . . . No not the usual places you think of when you think of BBQ, like Memphis and anywhere in Texas (although Memphis and Texas have incredible BBQ). But good old Colorado. . . Durango, Colorado to be exact. Located on the Colorado, New Mexico border, this place is one of the best kept secrets in the country and has some great culinary highlights . . .
The First Timer’s Guide to Durango BBQ
First on the list is a place that was a unlikely choice. I usually like to go to new places that look busy or have alot of parking, so that I know they are a hot spot, but this place had niether.
J.BO Pizza and Rib co. is the classic college hangout, in every sense. I mean, what food staple describes college kids better than “pizza.” With the dining room adjacent to a bar, and various table games scattered throughout, the place screams come on in and chill out. But let’s focus on what’s important . . . The food.
Now, I love Pizza and I love Ribs, and so this was a great thing . . . So much so that I didn’t have an empty hand the whole time.
Beautiful baby back ribs, served “saucey” and wet with BBQ sauce, cooked in a pizza oven. That’s right, 400 degrees for just a short period of time and then grilled briefly, these babies come out as tender as can be.
Pizza, is good, but lots of toppings on pizza is better. This particular pizza, that they call “The Mountain,” has pepperoni, sausage, sundried tomatoes, olives, green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, fresh tomatoes, jalapenos and artichokes . . . just to name few. You may be asking, is there such thing as too much? Yes, yes there is . . . But not in this case, the pizza was fantastic.
Pizza and Ribs, what a great idea!
You want to go? www.jbospizzarib.com
Now how about some Serious Texas Bar-B-Q
Voted Best BBQ by Sunset Magazine, this BBQ did not disappoint.
When you think of a BBQ “smokehouse” type of restaurant, this is just about as cliche as they come. Tin exterior, smokey smell, extra large people coming out . . . Or in this case going in.
Southern College football memorabilia adorning the walls and lots of random stuff cluttering up the place, yeah that sounds like some Serious Texas BBQ joint to me. . . The cliche continues!
Now here’s something not quite so cliche, just look at the view from the patio (complete with river rafters)! If the food wasn’t good, I would probably come here just for this view. . . I just wouldn’t buy any food.
The food here was awesome! My wife kept saying it tasted like “a campfire” in her mouth (that is a good thing). Tender, juicey and smokey good. . . Just what good BBQ is all about. Oh, and the sauces and sides were good too . . .
Want to go? www.serioustexasbbq.com