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I washed dinner down with a Coke — Lawson may have a permanent space for Jabo's, but he doesn't have a liquor license — and, side-splittingly full, promised to come back soon.

A few days later, I returned with a carnivorous friend, and we ate our way through thick slabs of fork-tender beef brisket doused in a thick, fruity mango sauce, and pulled pork in a racy hickory mustard piled on a softball-sized challah bun. We supplemented that feast with fries: beer-battered, hand-cut slices of potato fried extra-crispy, along with slim strips of restaurant-cut sweet potato that were slightly smoky and caramelized and made me think of marshmallows in a cup of hot cocoa. But Jabo's now offers something even sweeter: Utah scones, from a family recipe provided by Lawson's wife, Susan. The airy puffs of bread dough have deep-fried, golden-brown crusts painted with a smear of sticky homemade honey butter.

"More like a sconut," my friend said after her first bite. Exactly: I could eat these for breakfast, and I wish a bakery existed that made that possible.

Jabo's has become a permanent fixture in the southern suburbs. See more photos from inside Jabo's Bar-Be-Q.
Mark Manger
Jabo's has become a permanent fixture in the southern suburbs. See more photos from inside Jabo's Bar-Be-Q.

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Jabo's Bar-Be-Q

9682 E. Arapahoe Road
Englewood, CO 80112

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Southeast Denver Suburbs

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Jabo's Bar-Be-Q
Sliced beef dinner (with two sides and two scones) $16.50
Rib and link combo dinner (with two sides and two scones) $17.50
Pulled pork sandwich $6.75
Honey-maple baked beans $2.50
Beer-battered French fries $2.50
Sweet-potato fries $3
Utah scone with honey butter $1.50
9682 East Arapahoe Road,
Greenwood Village
303-799-4432
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday

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Like any person with a proper reverence for the memories of childhood, I still miss that vacant lot. But Jabo Lawson's barbecue lost nothing in the move indoors. And he still makes you feel like there's nothing more important than thoroughly enjoying a meal.

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13 comments
Chefhoney
Chefhoney

Jabo's is EXCELLENT and I for one will HAPPILY PAY for good, no GREAT homemade INDEPENDENT food made with soul and love. We make regular trips to visit Jabo and listen to his stories and are sure to tell everyone we know to so the same. Chain restaurants have NOTHING on food made with a man's own 2 hands and his own recipes. The fact that he offers so many sauce options and heat levels is just icing on the cake. And don't get me started on that scone...I have to save it till the end or I'll melt right out of my booth. I love the look Jabo gives my 5'4" female self everytime I order the Hot Link sandwich with 1/2 pound of brisket. I'd pay just for that smile!!!

Jay
Jay

I've been going here for a while now and it is definitely the best bbq I have come across in Colorado. Jabo is the coolest person you will ever meet too. I always get the sliced beef sandwich with either medium grape bbq or mango bbq sauce. Everything on the menu is delicious and don't ever go without getting at least a couple of scones. Both the original and sweet potato fries are amazing as well as the baked beans. Jabo will tell you everything you need to know about bbq and after eating his heavenly food you will understand why he is the king of bbq.

DRoth
DRoth

Not only is Jabo's the greatest BBQ in Colorado, Dwight (Jabo) and Susan are the two sweetest people as well. Be sure to spend a few moments of Jabo's time because he might be the greatest story teller to live on the face of the earth. Everytime I visit Jabo's I feel like I am that much cooler of a person just because of the ora that Jabo shines on others. Medium Mango Jabo Dog is better than anything that "I know good BBQ" commenter can dream of. Stop being a troll and go eat your Sam Taylors. Love me some Jabos.

Sauercat
Sauercat

Good thing I trust your taste in cuisine about as much as I respect your grammar and spelling...

I know good BBQ
I know good BBQ

I too tried Jabo's before and after he moved. He should of stayed on the side of the road.

When I visited his new location the pork ribs were so over cooked they looked like beef ribs... if you have to ask then you don't know bbq.....

And what type of BBQ joint has cherry flavored sauce????????????

Jabo had better stay in Denver, if he tries to return to Oklahoma he'll be laughed in bankruptucy court................

If you want good, strike that...... great BBQ in Denver go to Sam Taylor's.......

Norm
Norm

The first time I went to Jabo's was in the church parking lot and I ordered a hot link. I swear bright lights immediately shown down from above and I was immersed in a warming, glowing aura as Jabo (or was it Moses) spoke these words to me, "What kind of meat topping would you like on your hot link?" I think I cried a little. One hot link, covered in pulled pork and topped with hot apricot bbq sauce, and I was converted.

But the restaurant is better because of the sweet potato fries and the scones...I love this place.

Zionlyon
Zionlyon

I have eaten at Jabo's only one time. The bbq was very good but for the prices didn't stand out from many other places. If you are going to spend $18-20 for a meal go to Schnieds in Littleton, 2 people can be satisfied with their rack of rib dinner and it is the best in town!

Keith Stansell
Keith Stansell

I got some sunburns on my bald head waiting in line when he was in the church parking lot, but it was worth it. I work downtown now, but glad to see he is still making great BBQ. I need to make a special weekend trip over to Greenwood Village.

Leland Baker
Leland Baker

Nice to see Dwight and Susan get some recognition. Fantastic people making fantastic food. Or is that Ferrell's?

Scooterpam
Scooterpam

Yummy! I work right by this joint! It's my favorite BBQ in Denver!

Yum
Yum

God, that sounds awesome.

goalie8174
goalie8174

seriously? Sam Taylors???? No way, i gave that place 2 tries.. Both times I was wishing i could have my money back, go over to king soopers and buy the ribs from the frozen food section. Sam Taylors rib's reminded me of old leather..

 
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