Beef ribs. Photo Credit: rebeccafondren (iStock).

Photo Credit: rebeccafondren (iStock).

Colorado might not be known for its own type of barbecue, but that doesn't mean great barbecue spots can't be found around the state.

Considering factors like the number of local barbecue-related award winners and barbecue spots per capita, LawnStarter ranked the barbecue scene in the country's 199 largest cities. Denver ranked the highest among cities in the Centennial State, ranking 13th, boosted by its score in the 'barbecue-related events' category.

According to Yelp, a few of the top barbecue spots in Denver include Kitchen Table, Ragin' Hog BBQ, Smokin' Yards BBQOwlbear Barbecue, and Roaming Buffalo BBQ

Other Colorado cities were also ranked on the list, though none close to Denver. Fort Collins ranked 50th, Aurora ranked 60th, Colorado Springs ranked 71st, Thornton ranked 170th, and Lakewood ranked 190th.

Topping the list was Kansas City, Missouri.

See the full list and read more about the ranking methodology here.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.


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