Located inside The Source Hotel (though outposts now include Fort Collins and Junction Food and Drink), Smōk sits within sight of the former location of Acorn (now Bellota) where Chef Bill Espiricueta worked for six years before opening his BBQ joint in 2018. Espiricueta is from Texas and learned about the art of barbecue in Kansas City, so it’s not surprising that his offerings span regional influences. Along with all the meats by the pound, you can also find tacos, smoked wings, and both red and green chili. Miller’s choice? “I go for their BBQ nachos,” he says, along with a tip: If you ask, you can get a mix of brisket and pulled pork on top.
Over at The Source, one of Denver’s best BBQ joints is serving up a meaty main event: smoked brisket. The meal is designed for reheating at home and includes about five pounds of on-site smoked brisket, truffle potato gratin, roasted garlic brussels sprouts, and a rich, creamy cheesecake for dessert. And if you think you’ll still be hungry after all of that, you can also add on anything from their regular menu, including mini pecan pies.
Cost: $200 (serves 6); Call 720-452-2487 to order ahead for pickup on December 22 or 23