Smokin Daves BBQ & Taphouse Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Taphouse Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:35:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4 Non-Barbeque-Related Advantages of Visiting Our Restaurants in Estes Park and Lyons Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:01:03 +0000 Barbecue catering at its best with Smokin' Dave's.You know the biggest perk of eating at Smokin’ Dave’s? The food. Hands down. No question. People come to us first and foremost for our barbecue, sides, and assorted tasty dishes.

Still, there are some other amenities that you can enjoy when you stop by either restaurant in Estes Park or Lyons. Let’s take a look.

Free Wi-Fi

Some people have unlimited cell phone plans, allowing them to surf and download constantly. But if you’re on a limited data plan, why not save your every datum you can and switch over to our free wi-fi?

Plenty of Parking

Lyons is growing, meaning it’s becoming harder and harder to find a parking spot. Estes Park is has been crazy-busy for decades, and you can drive around for half an hour before you find a parking spot. Why not visit a restaurant that’s not right in the heart of town and enjoy our free, private parking?

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We have just the right amount of TVs. Not too few for when you want to see the game (Olive Garden) and not too many as to distract you from your meal and good conversation (we’re looking at you, Buffalo Wild Wings).

Great Service

Getting bad service just once can cause you to avoid a restaurant, even if it’s a favorite. We know that we need to treat you right every time, so we make sure to employ the nicest, most knowledgeable waiters to make your experience as good as possible.

Life’s too short to head to restaurants that disappoint. Stop by our barbecue restaurant today!

Is Smokin’ Dave’s a Fancy Dinner Restaurant? Well… Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:10:35 +0000 Smokin' Dave's delivers the best barbecue around.Hey, what do you think of our website? Pretty smooth, right? It gives you that initial impression of what Smokin’ Dave’s is like, makes your mouth water with pictures of food, and shows you a quick glance of what you’ll see when you stop by our Lyons or Estes Park restaurants.

So, our website looks good. But as slick as it is, we certainly don’t stand on formality when you stop by, no matter if you’re here for lunch or dinner. Here’s how we’re sticking by our traditional barbecue restaurant roots.


Remember about 10 years ago when you couldn’t see the walls at an Applebee’s because of all the junk they had on the walls? It was a popular way to decorate, with as many trombones, movie posters, and sports jerseys as possible. Then they spent millions of dollar across the country and redesigned every restaurant when that trend went away.

For Smokin’ Dave’s, what we have on the walls makes sense. It all has to do with the barbecue and barbecue culture, whether it’s a pig statue or a sign from a feed store. As we wrote about in this article, barbecue has been around for a long time and we like to honor that tradition.

Newspaper Menu

One of the first things you’ll notice when our waitstaff seats you is that you’re not getting a traditional menu. Our newspaper menu is filled with riddles, jokes, trivia, and, of course, our excellent barbecue options. It’s a fun little blast from the past.

Use Your Hands

dinner restaurantIf we bring you a salad, feel free to pick up the fork. But we’re not some fancy dinner restaurant…grab those ribs and dig in!

When you’re ready for for the best barbecue in Estes Park or Lyons, you can stop by and get an authentic experience at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taphouse!

Never Been To Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taphouse? We’ve Got A Suggestion For You Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:14:14 +0000 Get the best barbecue and brew at our local restaurant.If you’ve never been into our Lyon’s or Estes Park restaurant, there’s a good chance that you won’t be sure where to start. After all, we are a BBQ restaurant…which BBQ should you try?

Some of you might find the answer obvious. You order the pulled pork, right? Every BBQ restaurant should be judged by its pulled pork. But others would argue that there’s no better way to decide whether or not a BBQ place is worth recommending until they try the ribs. “No way” others will say, “I’m not deciding if I come back until I try their brisket! And all four sauces!”

Sometimes all three of these people are in the same party, and the best way for them all to find out if Smokin’ Dave’s is the local restaurant to return to again and again is to order our big trays. Say hello to the Big Kahuna Belly Buster and the Not-So-Teeny Wahine!

Estes park BBQ 1Both of these options come on a huge tray, and everyone can dig into the particular dish and start judging us! Both come with full- or half-portions of our most popular BBQ offerings: St. Louis ribs, roasted chicken, brisket, pulled pork, four side dishes (take a look at some local favorites here), and cornbread! Sauces are right beside you at the table, and when you get messy (and you will get messy), there are paper towels within arm’s reach.

The Big Kahuna Belly Buster tends to serve five to six people, but of course it always depends on each person’s appetite and how much they love barbeque! The Not-So-Teeny Wahini tends to feed two or three people. Think of a family of four: if you have small kids, get the smaller option. If you’ve got two teenage boys, the Big Kahuna is for you!

When you want to experience the best barbeque at any Lyons or Estes Park restaurant, get a lot of food at Smokin’ Dave’s!


Let’s Talk About the Sides At Our Lyons Restaurant Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:45:36 +0000 Other BBQ restaurants can't beat Smokin' Dave's!
Here at Smokin’ Dave’s, we’re all about the barbeque. But when you get the meat just right, it’s time to move on and get the rest of the food as good as it possibly can be. That’s why we offer at least eleven great sides at our Estes Park and Lyons restaurants that will perfectly match barbeque culture and complement the taste of our food.

Red beans and rice

While barbeque came from all over the country, it has its roots in the south. The same goes for really good red beans and rice. It’s always a good idea to get some non-meat in your diet, and the rice and red beans will certainly satisfy. Oh yeah, and there’s meat in them too!

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C’mon, you know you want them! The jalapeno hushpuppies are just the right amount of spicy, enough to have a little kick but not so bad that you’ll regret getting them. Make sure to grab yours before the kids take them all!

Sauteed green beans

We’re not talking about mushy green beans from a can. These are fresh green beans that have been sauteed just enough to make them tender (and then topped with bacon, because, you know…barbeque restaurant!)


A barbeque restaurant typically picks one of two bready options: white bread or cornbread. Considering we’re not restricting ourselves to the Texas mentality of barbeque, white bread isn’t really necessary. So we’ve decided to bake up some yummy cornbread for your meal.

All of those sides and many more await you at our Estes and Lyons restaurants. Ready to get some real barbeque? We’re already making it for you slow and low at Smokin’ Dave’s!

Is Our BBQ Sauce Vegan? (and a few other things you might want to know) Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:33:23 +0000 Like a tangy BBQ sauce in your Estes Park restaurant?At first you might say to yourself “why single out the BBQ sauce? After all, you’re a BBQ restaurant! With all the meat you serve, are people really worried about the BBQ sauce being vegan?”

While a true vegan might have trouble eating out with us in our Estes and Lyon’s restaurants, we’re happy to say that we have some offerings that aren’t red meat. In fact, our pecan crusted trout and fish ‘n chips are two of the most popular dishes our pescetarian customers. But some people go even further and go completely vegan. Will they want our sauce?

Let’s say that you pick up a bottle of Smokin’ Dave’s barbeque sauce to give to your vegan friend. Maybe they’d like to put it on their squash or tofu before grilling it, which honestly makes an incredible side dish. Is our BBQ sauce right for them?

Sorry, but dedicated vegans will have a problem with it. While we don’t use meat drippings in our sauce like a Texas style sauce does, we do use Worcestershire sauce. “But wait,” you might ask “isn’t that just European soy sauce? What’s that got to do with veganism?” Well, Worcestershire sauce is actually fermented fish sauce, so those who don’t eat fish won’t like the fact that there are anchovies in our sauce. But Worcestershire sauce is so important to the taste that we’re not about to take it out. (And speaking of soy sauce, there’s also soy in the flavorings of Worcestershire sauce, an ingredient that some people are also interested in avoiding).

bbq 1Most of our customers are simply stopping by our local restaurant because they want some amazing red meat BBQ, and we’re happy to supply them with it! But for those who eat along a different path, we want to make sure that they know exactly what’s going on in our sauce. For the rest of you…sop it up!

What Does “Dedicated To Preserving and Honoring the Art of American BBQ” mean? Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:19:10 +0000  

Other BBQ restaurants have nothing on Smokin' Dave's ribs.Some people cynically say that the only two things that America has given world culture is jazz and comic books. Bull! We’ve also given the world the wonders of good old American barbeque!

Now those same people might claim that barbeque is a taste, and not a culture. As much as we live, breathe, and eat barbeque with our friends, family, and customers, we beg to differ once again; American barbeque is indeed a culture!

At Smokin’ Dave’s, our slogan is “We Are Dedicated To Preserving and Honoring the Art of American BBQ.” Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of that slogan.


We spent the last two blogs talking all about the different types of sauces that have come from across our country, and how we’ve modified them to create something that we think is even better. We honor the origins of barbeque and have used those ideas as a stepping stone to what we serve in our Lyons and Estes Park restaurants. We’re always looking back even as we look forward to our next sauce!

A Colorado Meat Tradition

Of course, BBQ isn’t just about sauce. It’s about the way that the sauce is applied and cooked, and to what kind of meat that it’s being applied. Colorado has a bbq 2long, proud tradition of being cowboy country, and what were those cowboys driving? Cows! Colorado has also provided grazing space for cows for well over a century. Of course, brisket isn’t all we do; we also offer ribs, chicken, fish, and lots of other great options at both restaurants.

The Art of Barbeque

There’s a lot of science involved in cooking, but barbecue is far from an exact science! We love experimenting with the different sauces and cooking methods in order to find something even more flavorful than the last batch.

We love barbeque and we love barbeque culture. When you’re ready to try something that’s a Colorado favorite, check out Smokin’ Dave’s!






So Let’s Talk About The BBQ Sauces That We Use In Our Estes and Lyons Restaurants Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:12:06 +0000

Our BBQ sauce makes us one of the best restaurants around.Our 
last blog was a fun one, running down the list of the different BBQ sauces that you’ll find across America (and in your local grocery store aisle, now that nearly every type has been bottled!) It all started with East Carolina, a simple vinegar, pepper flake, and black pepper combination. The blog ended with something that would make some wonder if it’s even BBQ sauce at all: the mayonnaise-based Alabama white sauce.

So when you stop by Smokin’ Dave’s, what will you find us using? What types of BBQ sauce has Dave created to honor the meat?

Sweet Original

While we’re always experimenting with new flavors, it’s hard to beat the original. The Sweet Original starts with a tomato base (ketchup) and adds natural sweeteners such as molasses and brown sugar. The next ingredient is mustard, which isn’t always used in a Kansas City style sauce like this. While it’s steeped in Kansas City tradition, it’s truly an original!

Papa’s Spicy

This one starts out a lot like the Sweet Original, but we dial up the heat! We take chipotle peppers and put them way at the top of the ingredient list. How high? It’s the second ingredient after the ketchup base! We then add a bunch of other ingredients that perfectly complement the peppers and tomato base.


How do we make it tangy? Dial up the vinegar, dial down the sweetener. This sauce would probably be most accurately described as a Memphis sauce, since it has a high vinegar content and uses molasses as the primary sweetener.

Carolina Sweet Mustard

The name gives this one away! This isn’t the East Carolina sauce mentioned above; the closest category that this sauce fits into is South Carolina mustard sauce. The base is mustard, and like most BBQ sauces the tang of the mustard is tempered with brown sugar to bring it back to the sweet side. We then add some secret and not-so-secret ingredients to make it our own.

Want to see exactly what’s in each of our sauces? Check them all out here; we’ve bottled them so that you can take the goodness home with you. But if you want to try them first, used as expertly as they can be, stop by our restaurants in Estes Park and Lyons!


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3 Amazing Things You Can Do With Just One Day In Estes Park Tue, 31 May 2016 16:42:50 +0000 dreamstime_875545

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, signaling the unofficial start of summer. With the kids out of school and vacation days just begging to be used, Estes Park is getting ready to play host to families from far and wide.

When it comes to places to eat in Estes Park, Smokin’ Dave’s has you covered. From fried catfish to the most mouthwatering ribs you’ve ever tasted, our menu is a love letter to the art of Colorado barbecue.

Even if you’ve only got a day or two to spare, there are plenty of amazing adventures to be had in Estes Park. Try one of our favorite day trips listed below, then come on in to our Moraine Ave. location to find out why we’re one of the best places to eat in Estes Park!

Drive Trail Ridge Road

Are you itchin’ to put your AWD vehicle through its paces? There’s no better place to brush off the dust than Trail Ridge Road. This alpine road connects Estes Park to the town of Grand Lake, achieving elevations of more than 12,000 feet along the way. Although it’s paved, the weather on Trail Ridge Road can change rapidly, so be prepared for snow…even in the summer!

Hike Through 100 Years Of Rocky Mountain History

Everyone is familiar with the majesty of Rocky Mountain National Park, and while the peaks are impressive, there’s some unforgettable stuff hidden in the valleys below. On this guided hike led by local Tom Dewitz, you’ll experience three of the most beautiful meadows in all of Colorado. Learn more about this full day walking hike here.

Go Rafting On The River

Looking for an adventure that will really get your heart pounding? Why not book a trip with one of the many whitewater rafting outfits that service the Estes Park area! Under the supervision of an experienced river guide, you’ll steer your boat through churning rapids for a rafting trip that’s pure Colorado.

Each one of these day trips is sure to give you a healthy appetite, so before you head back to your hotel or campsite, be sure to stop into Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse: one of the most satisfying places to eat in Estes Park!

A Quick Rundown of America’s BBQ Sauces Sat, 21 May 2016 19:16:13 +0000 dreamstime_xxl_33200862We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: here at Smokin’ Dave’s, we dedicated to preserving and honoring the art of American BBQ. Of course, we do everything we can to honor the idea of BBQ itself and the amazing flavors you can get. But honoring every type of barbecue sauce out there would be impossible for any one restaurant to do, because there are just too many styles. Here’s a breakdown of the myriad of different barbecue sauce offerings from around the United States.

East Carolina Sauce

When it comes to barbecue sauces, most modern sauces can trace their origins back to East Carolina sauce. While it uses many of the traditional ingredients such as vinegar, hot pepper flakes, and black pepper, it doesn’t contain sugar as most modern barbecue sauces do. The basic ingredients are where most barbecue sauces get their origins.

Lexington Dip

The Lexington Dip, sometimes known as Western Carolina Dip sauce or Piedmont Dip sauce, has its roots in East Carolina Sauce. The big difference here is that tomato paste or sauce is used for flavor and as a thickening agent. Ketchup can also be used.

Kansas City Sauce

Kansas City barbecue sauce is, by far, the most popular barbecue sauce in the country. Kansas City sauce came from the Lexington dip, in that it is tomato-based with vinegar and spices. The main addition that makes it Kansas City sauce is a sweetening agent, usually sugar or corn syrup. Because KC sauce is thicker it is less likely to get into the meat and mostly sits on the surface.

Memphis Sauce

Memphis barbecue sauce is a derivative of Kansas City Sauce, but tends to have a considerably higher vinegar percentage than KC sauce. Another aspect that differentiates Memphis sauce is that it often used molasses as its sweetener.

Florida Sauce

Here’s one more derivation of Kansas City Sauce. Florida sauce is similar to Memphis barbecue sauce in that it contains a higher percentage of vinegar. Florida changes up its sweeteners, though, and uses fruit juices from citrus fruits that you might find in that area of the country: pineapple, papaya, mango, guava, and oranges.

South Carolina Mustard Sauce

The distinctive aspect of South Carolina sauce is that it is mustard-based and seldom has any tomato aspect to it. The mustard idea started with a wave of German immigrants to a particular area in South Carolina.

Texas Sauce

Using just a little tomato paste and almost no sweetener, Texas sauce is distinguished by its heavy use of chili powder, black pepper, onion, and meat drippings. Spices such as cumin and various regional peppers can also be added. Because it is a thinner sauce, it is more likely to penetrate the meat.

Alabama White Sauce

Here’s one of the most unusual barbecue sauces around! Alabama white sauce is white because it’s mayonnaise-based. After that the ingredient list gets back to normal: sugar, black pepper, and vinegar. It’s more commonly used on chicken than on other meats.

Who knew American BBQ had such amazing variety? Well, we did, because we love BBQ so much! When you’re looking for an Estes Park restaurant that delivers an amazing barbecue flavor or need BBQ catering in the area, stop by Smokin’ Dave’s!

Our BBQ Sauces Are The Father’s Day Gift Dad Really Wants! Mon, 16 May 2016 16:43:03 +0000 dreamstime_5762815

Father’s Day is coming up fast. Do you know what you’re gonna give the guy who’s responsible for giving you life? (No pressure, or anything.)

While others may be scrambling to find the perfect tie, socket wrench, or golf balls, all the smart kids will be heading up to Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ restaurant in Lyons, Colorado, to grab the present all dad’s secretly want: their very own bottle of handcrafted BBQ sauce.

At our BBQ restaurant, we’ve got a taste that’s guaranteed to please every Dad.

Which bottle of saucy goodness will your father LOVE?

  • Carolina Sweet Mustard: For the Dad who’s super sweet!
  • Papa’s Spicy: For the Dad who keeps you on your toes!
  • Sweet Original: For the Dad who’s a timeless classic!
  • Tangy: For the Dad who’s got a little kick!

Remember, each one of Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ sauces is handcrafted in small, quality-controlled batches to ensure freshness and maximum flavor. Take-home bottles are available in 16 ounce sizes.

If you’re not exactly what meats pair best with the barbecue sauce of your choosing, just give us a call or come into our Lyons location. We’ll be happy to describe the flavors to you in more detail, and suggest some recipes that will make them pop!

Whether you grab a few bottles so that Dad can become master of his own barbecue pit, or bring the whole family into our BBQ restaurant so they can taste each sauce in its natural habitat, let Smokin Dave’s be the key to a Father’s Day your Dad will never forget!