Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que

by Andrew Woodman on March 29, 2011

2000 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80302

cash only!

After attempting to come here 2 times during business hours (supposedly Mon-Fri 11am-6pm) and being rejected by a closed sign, I was determined  to further investigate Daddy Bruce’s mysteriously tempting BBQ.  The hole in the wall Boulder barbecue spot doesn’t redeem its shack-like qualities with its food.  Not by any means.

I got the Beef Brisket Dinner [$12.00], which includes a nice portion of Daddy Bruce’s Beef Brisket, beans, and as the menu says it, “cold slaw.”  It also includes 4 pieces of bread so you can make sandwiches, woo hoo!

The Beef Brisket
It was so vinegary that I could barely breathe around it.  This ruined any other aspect that could have been good about the meat. Even so, after I got it past my breathing barrier and into my mouth, the overly acidy meat made me sweat profusely.

“Cold Slaw”
I really don’t know what was going on with the cole slaw, and as far as I’m concerned, it was an inedible waste of cabbage.

The Beans
They tasted pretty good and could easily be labelled the best part of my Daddy Bruce’s experience, by far.

The Bread
It was almost like that kind you would buy for the sole reason of feeding to ducks; however, it was necessary for sandwich-making, which actually kind of helped to neutralize the briskets harsh tangy flavors.


After trying several times and being let down by faulty management, I realize in retrospect that I probably would have been happier not knowing how bad Daddy Bruce’s actually is.


damn, i’ve always been curious about this place. Good review

by anonymous on March 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm. #

I’ve been curious about this place for quite some time, too, and I’m disappointed that I had to come to this realization today. Thanks for reading!

by Andrew Woodman on March 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm. #

I like the blog and your FB page, Gina. I’d love a lifetime mmibershep to clickin’ moms to improve my photography skills for photographing my favorite subject my daughter! I’d also love to improve my digital photo archiving skills.

by Uday on March 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm. #

Heard this place mixes their cole slaw with hands in giant vats directly after handling money. Good thing its inedible, anyway.

by Andrew Woodman on March 30, 2011 at 12:38 am. #

Love this. Thank you to Sister L for a morning chlckue, and hang in there Michael the big day is so close. Merry Christmas!(MD) Sister L provide many chlckues in our home. She’s been capturing more and more of our daily lives in comic form, she could draw a book. Merry Christmas to you all!

by Jeloh on March 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm. #

Who is Daddy Bruce and why is his slaw so cold?

by Hayley Hudson on March 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm. #

no one is EVER here. i swear this place is a front for some sort of illicit activity.

by Adam on March 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm. #

all I know is daddy bruce gave martin luther king a hair cut back in the day…hes ok in my book

by dan on March 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm. #

I love this post. My Dad is coming here to IL for Father’s Day and I too am and walays was a Daddy’s Girl. He is traveling here from Bay Minette, AL to do some fishing at our lakehouse. His birthday and Father’s Day are like a week apart so I am planning a HUGE celebration. His health is deteriorating and I am looking forward to some time with him.

by Ziad on March 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm. #

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by Minerva on March 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm. #

Closed! Never really great BBQ. It was okay. But Daddy Bruce was and is a legend in Denver for his generosity and heart for feeding thousands on Thanksgiving Day. Bruce Jr. finally packed it in. He’d done paid his dues. Blessings Bruce! God has a big ol’ bbq pit waiting for ya.

by Frank Eriksen on May 25, 2012 at 12:50 am. #

Good Morning, Stephanie!Happy SITS Day! That’s coming from one souehtrn belle to another! I was born and raised in the south have lived here all my life and hope I never have to move! You have a great blog can’t wait to read more! Enjoy your special day!

by Callie on November 25, 2012 at 4:56 am. #