Jan 17, 2023 - Food and Drink

What to eat at the National Western Stock Show

The Smokehouse BBQ at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Esteban here.

The National Western Stock Show is home to traditional carnival fare and some delicious barbecue and western fare.

What happened: I went to Sunday's Wild West Show and needed fuel before, during and after.

  • Here's what I noshed on this weekend:

The Smokehouse BBQ

The two-meat platter at Smokehouse BBQ. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios
  • One of several sit-down restaurants at the stock show grounds, this drew me in with its brisket offering. The perfectly prepared slices were even tastier and smokier slathered in BBQ sauce.
  • I paired mine with sausage, a side of beans and some corn. Personally, I would avoid the potato salad.

Turkey leg

Turkey legs grilling at the Stock Show. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios
  • This grilled, juicy poultry leg doubles as an upper body workout and pairs well with a Coors Banquet. The skin is grilled and scrumptious. You can find them at the food area between the National Western Complex and the Denver Coliseum.

Texas curly fries

Texas curly fries at the Stock Show. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios
  • I wasn't quite sure what made them "Texas style," but these were perfectly salted and freshly fried. If I could get a do-over, I would have lathered the sizzling spuds with some cheese.

Corn dogs

Corn dogs at the Stock Show. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios
  • Hard to go wrong here! I needed a quick snack, and this did its job: It's a classic carnival favorite for a reason, and I've never had a crispier corn dog than this. Again, freshly made and devoured within mere moments.

Bacon-wrapped hot dog

Food offerings at the Stock Show. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios
  • If there was one snack I regret not trying, it's the bacon-wrapped hot dog. It's pretty self explanatory.
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