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Aug 22, 2005 03:35 AM

Hoke's BBQ--Denver

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Finally found barbecue in Denver that meets my standards. The meats at Hoke's are smokier than at the other bbq joints I've tried in Denver. Ribs could be a little meatier, but they are tasty. Pulled pork was exemplary. The hot links aren't really hot, but are better than any links I've had since I've been to Central Texas. And wonder of all wonders, brisket done right. Nice spicy sauce (which I got on the side because a bad sauce can wreck even mediocre 'cue which Hoke's certainly wasn't.) Sauce went especially well with the links. Didn't try many of the sides, but the gumbo tasted pretty good although it was too rice laden, and the beans were also good.

Hope I make it to Denver on a Friday some time because Pappy's smoked prime rib is calling my name.


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    Tha Groovin' Gourmet

    Amen and Hallelujah!

    Been waiting for the day that some good non-chain Q would come through.

    Had heard about Daddy Bruce's for years, and was underwhelmed when I made it there one afternoon. Brother's was even less impressive with no smell of smoke at the Arapahoe location...and I actually saw the Saran-wrapped briskets sent over from corporate coming out of the steam cabinet.

    So far KT's out in Boulder and Broomfield have been OK, and I would go back.

    I'm in D-town next week and will give Hoke's a try.

    1. Have you gone to either Big Papas or Chapter One on Evans in SE Denver?

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      1. re: SouthBayRon

        I've been to Big Papa's and didn't think the meats were seasoned well or had enough smoke. Nice variety of sauces at Big Papa's though.

        1. re: Chimayo Joe

          I will give Hoke's a try then.

          I am between my LA company and Denver home every few weeks and I really miss the bbq scene in LA.

          Big Papas Memphis sauce I liked a lot.

          Chap One is better for the ribs and meats. But the waits are excruciatingly long 30 mins to get a sandwich out the kitchen.

          Brothers I did not llke.
          M&Ds was awful.

          1. re: SouthBayRon

            I agree Brother's and M&D's are both awful.

            Hoke's is good, have had 2 good meals there, pork ribs and brisket.

            I was not a huge fan of Big Papa's but definitely would eat there again if I was in the neighborhood.

            Two places worth trying:

            Brickyard BBQ on 38th and Stuart. Awesome KC style BBQ. Great brisket (of course), great burnt ends, great beans, great sauce. These guys even have a huge vat of red kool-aid for washing down the cue.

            Brickhouse BBQ on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. This place doesn't look promising, it's tied to its sports bar cousin next door. But both the pork ribs and the pulled pork I had here were excellent, and every side I've tried (beans, fried okra, mac and cheese, fries) were done with virtuosity.

      2. I know this is late, but I drove out to Hoke's and it was a waste of gas. No smoke whatsoever in the pulled pork.
        Wolfe's, a small joint only open a few hrs a days, is MUCH better IMO. (333 East Colfax - just a 9-iron from the State Capital)

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        1. re: koknia

          Hoke's has expanded their business since I've been there. Sounds like they've gone downhill. Hard to believe there's no smoke whatsoever if they're still using mesquite. I've only been to Denver a couple of times since that first post and haven't made it back to Hoke's yet.

        2. M&D's place page

          M&D's Fish & BBQ Cafe
          2004 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80205