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Pit Fiend Barbecue full spread - meats, sides, sandwiches

About Our Food

At Pit Fiend Barbecue, quality is paramount. This extends from the wood we burn to the ethically and sustainably raised heritage pork and USDA Prime beef brisket on our menu. We promise to never serve anything that we wouldn't eat ourselves. When you sit around our table, you're a part of our adventuring party, and it's our role to fortify you against the challenges ahead with a fulfilling and satisfying meal.

Eat good. Fight evil.

USDA Prime brisket

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Our Beef


Pit Fiend is proud to serve USDA Prime Beef Brisket from Creekstone Farms, the same briskets cooked and served at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX.  We learned our craft at Owlbear Barbecue from a seasoned Texas pitmaster, and we employ many of the same techniques from Austin's top BBQ joints when smoking our brisket.

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Our Pork


At Pit Fiend Barbecue, we use heritage breed Duroc pork from HyLife Foods for all of our smoked pork BBQ. Known for its superior flavor over commodity pork, Duroc also stands out against other heritage breeds such as Berkshire for have properties favorable to low-and-slow cooking.

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Smoked Duroc spare ribs
Pit Fiend Barbecue house-made sauces

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Our Sauces


Great barbecue needs no sauce—but we love it anyway!

Our sauces draw inspiration from the many cultures and cuisines that have embraced live fire cooking throughout history. Not only do we embrace the wide variety of sauces prevalent in American regional styles of BBQ, we broaden our horizons to incorporate the flavors of global barbecue as well.

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Our Sausage


Before opening Pit Fiend, our cooks launched the sausage program for Owlbear Barbecue. Some of those recipes have been carried on, supplemented by plenty of new creations and internationally inspired links. All of our sausages are made in house with freshly ground Duroc pork, USDA Prime beef, and premium spices. Join us each week for a savory new selection and let us take your taste buds on a meaty journey.

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Pit Fiend Barbecue house-made smoked sausage
Colorado-grown Gambel oak logs (faded)

Who We Are

Michael Graunke & Juan Pablo Llano

Before cooking at Owlbear Barbecue, the predecessor to Pit Fiend, neither of us had any professional experience smoking meats. We'd been in and out of kitchens among a slew of other professions, but the smoky aromas and succulent taste and texture of Owlbear's legendary brisket drew us in - next thing we knew, we were both hooked on barbecue.

Coming from Wisconsin and Florida, neither of us grew up around a strong, regional barbecue tradition. Our exposure to quality smoked meats was limited. Most of what we've learned has been the result of trial and error with the help of a few great mentors here in Denver. Despite our lack of experience and pedigree, we strive every day to produce the best barbecue possible.

Catch us at Pit Fiend on a daily basis, we'd love to talk food with you!

Michael Graunke & Juan Pablo Llano
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