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I chased bites of brisket with cowboy beans, a dish reminiscent of chili, and generic potato salad that was indistinguishable from what you'd find in the grocery store. I eventually abandoned both in order to concentrate on more meat.

I soon returned to Country Time with friends, ready to set up a smokin' outdoor feast.

The meal got off to a disappointing start with the pork sandwich, though. The shreds of meat carried the flavor of the pit, but they were dried out, and the sandwich was little more than a vehicle for barbecue sauce. The smoked half-chicken, with its dark, caramelized skin, was better: supple and tender throughout, juicy even in the white-meat portions, and, again, completely imbued with that seductive smokiness. Best yet were the ribs: The pork was streaked with fat, smoky down to the bone, the most succulent meat I'd ever put in my mouth. Now I understood why Miller was hesitant about using sauce: I felt guilty adulterating such perfect pieces of pig. No matter how big this slab was, I could have polished off half of it by myself — even though I might have had to curl up on the pavement and sleep for about four hours afterward.

Lawrence Barkers keeps the home fires burning at Country Time BBQ. When I was finally capable of movement, I called Miller to thank him for his recommendation. It doesn't take a certificate in barbecue judging to recognize that the Barkerses make some exemplary 'cue.
Mark Manger
Lawrence Barkers keeps the home fires burning at Country Time BBQ.

When I was finally capable of movement, I called Miller to thank him for his recommendation. It doesn't take a certificate in barbecue judging to recognize that the Barkerses make some exemplary 'cue.

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Country Time BBQ

2504 W. Hampden Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Southwest Denver Suburbs

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Country Time BBQ
Pork sandwich $6
1/2 slab of ribs $12
1/2 chicken $7
1/2 pound beef brisket $7
Cornbread $1.50
2504 West Hampden Avenue, Sheridan
720-404-1916
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

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But first we wanted something sweet to finish off the meal. Country Time was out of both the advertised peach cobbler and banana pudding. (Jennifer says she only makes them on Thursday and then sells them through the weekend.) Fortunately, the cornbread did the trick: sweet and practically oozing butter, these muffins were more like dessert than bread, and bits of jalapeño added a kick.

When I was finally capable of movement, I called Miller to thank him for his recommendation. It doesn't take a certificate in barbecue judging to recognize that the Barkerses make some exemplary 'cue.

Photos: Exemplary 'Cue! Country Time BBQ in Sheridan

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lipstickstelittoes@live.com
lipstickstelittoes@live.com

the 2 page story from jayr has to makeyou say hmmmm sounds like another bbq place is a little up set all the other comments are straight to the point good or bad while jayrs is a 1 page story tsk tsk jayr shame on you sound like your green with envy

Laurasaffioti
Laurasaffioti

I hope Westword will review Georgia Boys BBQ in Longmont soon. I am so addicted.

JayR
JayR

We were not impressed. In fact, this BBQ place does not warrant a second visit. In brutal candor, they gave the distinct impression that they really don’t give a damn about providing a quality product. ALL the meat we ordered was burnt, not caramelized, not lightly charred; burnt. We tried the pork and the non-burnt parts were decent. Perhaps overly fatty, but the barbeque flavor was good. The ribs were very disappointing; tough, overly fatty, the opposite of meat falling off the bone, and of course every single one of them was….yes you guessed it, burnt. The brisket flavor was good but it was not even in the neighborhood of tender. We had the non-spicy BBQ sauce and while far from memorable, it was fine. The sandwich bread was a nice hoagie stile roll that was fresh and had a great texture. The slaw and the potato salad were not fresh, nor did they have any appearance of being homemade, Noble-Cisco made perhaps. The corn bread muffins were flavorful, but unnecessarily greasy. The bottoms of each muffin had quarter inch of brown saturated almost congealed grease. The fries were fresh, skin on, thick cut and way above average in taste. The “homemade” peach cobbler was very pedestrian, and even though fresh peaches are still very much in season, they used canned. When the order came up I instinctively started taking inventory of the bags and was told “it’s all there” and then when I inquired about the peach cobbler I was told “whoops!” as she went back to retrieve it. The sides were not placed properly with the entrée’s they were supposed to go with and when we got home we had to trade, until everyone received what they ordered. All of the portions of the entrée’s were beyond generous, they were huge. The servings of the fries and the cobbler were generous. The potato salad and slaw came in small containers. We were the only customers when we ordered (6:30 PM on a Thursday) and one called in to-go order came in for pick up while we were there. I would not have served that substandard meat to my customers. I would have double checked the bags before they went out to make sure everything was in its proper place and that the order was complete. I would have had a genuine attitude with wanting to make people happy with my food, because that’s how good home style BBQ restaurants take care of their customers. Unfortunately Country Time BBQ did not get that memo. Striving to be mediocre is no way to opperate a restaurant.

Kylers234
Kylers234

I have been getting our BBQ here for years and it is the best. We have tried all the chains and they suck compared to this great family owned operation.

Aztmacm
Aztmacm

mmmmm.................bbq! Smokin' Yards BBQ in Idaho Springs is the best I've had in the Denver area.

 
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