As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver.
Number 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse
That unlovely picture? Don't let it fool you. What the eye might not find to be beautiful, the mouth occasionally argues is damn near to heaven. And thus is the case with the BBQ masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse.
"What am I looking at?" you ask. Well, let me tell you. It's a Styrofoam to-go container full of mashed red skin potatoes, topped with a full and generous serving of the house's excellent, deeply smoked pulled pork, topped again with melted cheese, a dab of sour cream on the side, and a heaping spoonful of barbecued cowboy beans. It is, in some ways, the best dish ever designed for Irish barbecue enthusiasts. In other ways, it makes for an excellent hangover cure. And in still others, the BBQ Masher turns the greatest single item at Cabin Creek (the pulled pork) into a full meal, all mashed up together into an ugly but delicious hash of a thing.