Interstate 70 is the long, often boring road that brought us (and thousands others) from Kansas City to Denver, roughly 600 miles west of Kansas City. Visiting the mountains of Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge almost every year throughout our childhood, we fell in love with the mountains, the climate, the people, and all that Colorado has to offer. Having grown up in Kansas City, we also fell in love with and are inspired by the Barbecue guru’s of KC such as: Oklahoma Joe’s, Gates & Sons, Jack Stack Barbecue, Arthur Bryant’s and LC’s, to name a few. We strive each day to mirror the flavor, texture, and consistency captured by these titans of Kansas City Barbecue.
Smokestack 70 began operation in the fall of 2014 though the roots of our smoking in Colorado dates back to 2007. We began competing in the Frisco BBQ Challenge in 2010 and grew each year in both vending and competing. Each year we heard multiple inquiries about our lack of a restaurant or catering business in Colorado. Between this, reading article after article in the Westword and Yelp about the poor Barbecue in the Denver area, and a relentless desire to change the scene of Denver Barbecue, Smokestack 70 hit the road in October, 2014.