Our restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Kings BBQ last July, noting that its off-the-beaten-path location was a good sign. Of the smokehouse's brisket, she professed true affection: " That dish was love spelled m-e-a-t, with the chewy black edges called bark, the telltale pink smoke ring, and chunks of beef so tender, even a baby could've gummed them."
But it seems that Kings was just a little too tucked away in its shopping center location across from a Walmart; the phone is disconnected and the place is closed. Denver's barbecue scene seemed to be gathering momentum, so the loss of a good pit master seems a shame. The space has seen previous barbecue joints come and go, so we'll keep our eye on it to see if there's more good 'cue in its future.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.