Restaurant Review: Wayne’s Smoke Shack


Mia Mulvahill

Decor at Wayne’s Smoke Shack is based largely on southern influences such as leather and deep tones of mahogany. Wayne’s Smoke Shack is a texas style barbecue restaurant located at 406 Center Dr Superior, CO 80027. Daily hours run from 11 am. to roughly 12:30 pm. daily.

Mia Mulvahill, Features Editor

Location: 406 Center Dr Superior, CO 80027

Hours: 11 AM – Sold out (Lunch only)

Serves: Dine-In, Takeout and Catering

Cost: $5-$20


Food- 5/5 Experience- 5/5 Service- 5/5 Convenience- 3/5

You Know it’s Good BBQ When it’s Better Without the Sauce

The newly opened Wayne’s Smoke Shack aims to serve up classic Texas-style BBQ in the middle of Superior, Colorado. Although it may not seem like anything special from the outside, Wayne’s serves some of the best BBQ I have ever tasted.

The restaurant serves food in a market style, where you pay based on how many pounds of meat you buy. The going price is 14$/pound for any of their tasty main dishes and 2$/scoop for their homemade sides. Never having encountered a system like this, I was confused, but their friendly and helpful staff talked me through the process and made suggestions of their own on what I should order. This unique pricing allows patrons to adjust the cost of their meal to fit their budget.

The decor in the restaurant is very Southern, sporting lots of leather, distressed wood, and studs throughout the dining area. I found it very fitting for the type of cuisine they serve.

The food is simply fantastic. Although I did not sample everything, the meat I did try was unbelievably tender, juicy, and so tasty that I actually preferred my food without the restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce. Every meal includes a roll so diners can choose to turn their meat into a sandwich, an opportunity that I embraced.

Their menu includes brisket, ribs, sausage, mac and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes and baked beans-good old fashioned southern comfort food. Everything I tasted at Wayne’s Smoke Shack was delicious and I left feeling so full that I was about to burst.

There is only one problem that I found with Wayne’s Smoke Shack. Although the restaurant opens at 11:00 AM, they close as soon as they run out of food which, due to their popularity, is usually around 12:00 or 12:30. They follow this schedule because of the long amount of time it takes to marinate, cook and perfect their food. I arrived at the restaurant right at 11:00, so the early close was not a problem for me personally, but shortly after my arrival about 15 Boulder County Firefighters entered the restaurant and I don’t doubt that they ate a large portion of the restaurant’s meat for the day.

I would love if the restaurant could stay open longer, or possibly be open for dinner, but I respect the process and would not want them to sacrifice the quality of their food for convenience.

I have been raving about this restaurant since I visited it and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for delicious BBQ without having to hop on a flight down South. There is not a doubt in my mind that I will be returning to Wayne’s at the first chance I have.