The Denver BBQ Festival will be back again and bigger than ever to bring together legendary pitmasters from Denver and around the nation to serve award-winning BBQ, with live music from bands like The Rick Lewis Project, Hazel Miller Bandand My Blue Sky – a tribute to the music of The Allman Brothers to name a few. In addition, attendees can enjoy cold beer and drinks, BBQ tutorials and demonstrations as well as games and activities for the whole family.
“Esaul Ramos’ story is the epitome of reaching the American Dream”, Mr. Wahby said. Esaul has been perfecting his BBQ trade since he was 16 years old. After working in restaurants in Texas, the Carolinas, Utah and Mexico, he and his best friend from High School, Joe Melig, decided to venture into the restaurant business themselves. Armed with a huge passion for BBQ and a strong belief in their trade but no money, they talkeda landlord into letting them build the restaurant, with the promise that, once running, they would buy the building within a year.After shaking hands on the deal, they became plumbers, electricians, and carpenters for the next six months, recruiting family and friends to help them open their restaurant, “2M smokehouse”,which they did on December 3, 2016. “It was a long journey. At times we didn’t think we were going to open but we were able to, and now we’re going on three years.
We sell out of food everyday” said Esaul Ramos. 2M smokehouse has experienced amazing success and has been widely featured in a variety of top magazines and publications such as Bon Appetite and the Wall Street Journal. It has also received lots of local and national accolades, among them inclusion in the Eaters Best 38 restaurants in the nation, and, just five months after it opened, in the Texas Monthly Top 50 Best BBQ Joints list in the state. Esaul was also invited to participate in the Food Network’s “Chopped” competition, where he performed very well.
Admission to the festival is FREE on Friday evening (beginning at 5 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday (beginning at 11 a.m.), and attendees will be able to listen to great music and purchase world-class BBQ from some of the most iconic pit-masters and restaurants across the country.
Ticketed VIP passes and all-you-can-eat Pit Passes will be available for purchase by visiting www.denverbbqfest.com. Proceeds from the event will go to support We Don’t Waste. This year, the VIP Pit Pass is bigger, better and more BBQ-y than ever! This all-inclusive experience gets you in the pits with the Legends, where you can watch them work their meaty magic while they feed you their world-famous Q. Additionally, you can enjoy complimentary cocktails crafted from recipes that the pit-masters themselves created, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks.
2019 Denver BBQ Festival Pitmaster Lineup:
- Esaul Ramos and Joe Melig,2M Smokehouse, San Antonio, TX
- Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker, Nashville, TN
- Mike Johnson&Christina Fitzgerald, Sugarfire Smokehouse, St. Louis, MO
- Brad&Brooke Orrison, The Shed BBQ, Ocean Springs, MS
- Mike Emerson, Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, MO
- John David Wheeler, Memphis BBQ Company, Horn Lake, MS
- Leslie Scott Roark, Ubon’s BBQ, Yazoo City, MS
- Miriam Wilson, Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood, TX
- Jason Ganahl, GQUE BBQ,Westminster, CO
- John David Wheeler, Memphis Barbecue Company, Horn Lake, MS
- Jeff Stehney, Joe’s Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Jean-Paul Bourgeois, Blue Smoke, New York City, NY
Statistics from the 2018 Denver BBQ Festival
- PItmasters from 7 States
- 3,000 Square Feet of Grill space being used/cooked on
- 10,000 miles traveled to come and cook
- 1 Semi of Charcoal given away
- 8,000 pounds ribs (3600 slabs)
- 5,000 pounds of brisket
- 000 pounds of chicken
- 3,000 pounds sausage
- 600 pounds potato salad
- 2,000 pounds of beans
About Denver BBQ Festival
The Denver BBQ Festival brings together award-winning barbecue pitmasters to serve award-winning ‘que. Come grab a slab and enjoy the meaty magic of amazing BBQ joints from all points, not to mention live music, cold drinks and demonstrations from the nation’s most iconic BBQ wizards. For more information, please visit: www.denverbbqfest.comor follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DenverBBQFest/and on Instagram @denverbbqfest.