There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth among Denver's barbecue faithful when pitmaster Karl Fallenius closed Owlbear, his much-loved Five Points smokehouse, in January 2022. But a trio of his former employees have taken over the spot and reopened as Pit Fiend Barbecue, with a broader focus than the Southern-style smoking in which Fallenius specialized. While Owlbear's Texas-style brisket and legendary mac and cheese will remain on the menu, the new pitmasters have mixed things up, offering a mojo-style pulled pork with citrus and garlic, and experimenting with Mexican, Australian, Korean and South African barbecue traditions.
- Price: $$
- Hours: Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-sold out
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Alcohol: No alcohol
- Reservations: Not accepted
- Extra Services: Catering