Peanut shells cover the hardwood floors at this casual barbecue joint, located in the ski resort town of Steamboat Springs. The restaurant has a low-key country vibe, with high-backed wooden booths, red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, and rock walls hung with deer antlers and wildlife-themed paintings. Signature dishes include the sliced beef brisket and Texas spare ribs, which are seasoned with secret spices, smoked over imported hickory wood for an average of 10 hours, and then served with traditional sides like mashed potatoes and coleslaw. During ski season, the menu might also include wild game specials like elk or buffalo sausage.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.