505 Southwestern® Presents:

The 505SW™ Green Chile BBQ Taco Showdown!

A smokey, flavor-filled showdown between
Colorado’s top BBQ chefs. A special event for
VIP ticket holders

ARE YOU ready for the Showdown?

GReen CHILE MEETS BBQ

505 Southwestern Green Chile & Salsa, Pepsi, Patrón Tequila, PreFare Prepared Meals & Raquelitas Tortillas, bring you a one-of-a-kind Taco showdown between some of the top BBQ chefs in Colorado!

505’s award-winning, flame-roasted Hatch Valley Green Chile and BBQ are a match made in culinary heaven. This year in the Top Taco VIP area, we’re bringing together the region’s top pitmasters for an exclusive “Green Chile Taco Challenge.”

With the help of Ole Hickory BBQ Pits and Colorado Native Meats, TOP TACO is building a world-class grilling arena. All VIP ticket holders will get to taste the creations from these giants of BBQ, and crown a champion. Use your VIP voting chip wisely!

GET ready

Experience cooking demos
and creative cocktails

VIP will also feature cooking demos where BBQ aficionados will have the chance to see these masters at work in a small and intimate setting. Creative cocktails will be served up by Patron Tequila and Diageo Spirits. Ice cold Estrella Jalisco Beer and refreshing Pepsi products, along with 505 Southwestern chips and salsa, will round out the area. Great music, comfortable lounge seating, ample shade, and some special surprises will ensure a worthwhile VIP experience for all of our guests.

Get your VIP tickets

VIP tickets are $169 and are extremely limited! They’re sure to sell out fast, so click here to purchase now and secure your VIP status at TOP TACO 2022!

TOP TACO will be held Thursday evening, June 23rd at the Center Park in Downtown Westminster. VIP Entry begins at 6pm.

Meet the Competitors

GQue CHAMPION BBQ

The “Sultan of Swine” and “Maestro of Meat,” Jason Ganahal of GQue is a decorated barbecue champion who knows how to bring the heat. GQue BBQ lays claim to Denver’s barbecue scene, offering meticulously crafted signature sandwiches for dine-in and fresh meats by the pound for take-away. Bragging the “finest quality meats, best seasonings, and freshest ingredients,” GQue has won dozens of competitions and awards, most recently taking first place at Denver’s Chicken Fight Festival.

H3SH3R BBQ

Eat your way around the world with twisted takes on barbecue styles from across the globe at H3SHER BBQ CO. From Chef Jeff Gebott and restaurateur Tony Fitzgeralot, H3RSH3R is not your traditional wings and brisket. This fun, funky menu dives into the unexpected, spanning global flavors such as Korean BBQ Tacos, south of the border Mac n’ cheese, and Asian sticky ribs.

Pit Fiend Barbecue

Pit Fiend Barbecue is a high altitude, live fire, all-natural wood smoke barbecue restaurant located in Denver’s RiNo Art District. They take inspiration from barbecue and live-fire traditions from across the country and around the world.

Look for Pop-Ups at Finn’s Manor while the Pit Fiend’s team prepares for a late spring grand opening!

Plates by the
pound bbq

Growing up in Clarksville, TX , Chef Aaron Gonerway had a curiosity and enthusiasm to learn about what his Uncle Glen was barbecuing. The flavors and smells from the smoker attracted everyone to his house. You would hear blues blasting in the background, old stories of the glory days from some of his friends and slamming of dominoes on the tables. With a start out of his home kitchen to his Aurora restaurant location, Chef is quickly making a name for himself in Denver.

“I just wanna serve people good BBQ and I will never serve people anything that I wouldn’t eat. To me BBQ is more than throwing sauce on something, it’s labor, planning, preparation and you get what you put into it.”

R&R's Texas Tacos

We are serving delicious Lunch & Breakfast Tacos to our friends and neighbors right here in the heart of Littleton Colorado. Made just the way they were for us growing up in Austin & San Antonio, Texas. We’ve got Fresh Tortillas and Salsa’s, Fresh breakfast ingredients and even the legendary Sausage shipped straight from their smokehouse in Elgin Tx. to us here at RxR’s Texas Tacos.

Seasoned swine

American BBQ restaurant and food truck specializing in premium cherry smoked meat, scratch sides, and exceptional guest relations. Offering a variety of Cold Local Beer, Fresh Margaritas, and the best Old Fashioned.

SugarFire Smoke House

The Sugarfire Westy team is stoked to bring a famous barbecue experience to the Centennial State that has an edgy and original take on low and slow cooking. We are offering a menu that complements the staples influenced by the holy trinity of barbecue (St Louis/KC, Memphis, Texas) with daily specials crafted by our amazing team. From a sandwich piled high with pork, brisket, exotic veggies and/or fried treats, to a smoked Japanese noodle dish, prepare your taste buds to be hypnotized. We are also the first Sugarfire with a full bar that features drink specials, local craft beers, wine and liquor to suit every taste.

Woodhills small
Batch BBQ

At Woodhill Small Batch BBQ they believe award-winning barbecue comes in small batches because “quality is better than quantity!” At Top Taco 2019, Woodhill took second place in the VIP BBQ Taco Showdown with its show-stopping slow-smoked brisket taco, layered with fresh pico de Gallo, elote crema, peach-apricot habanero sauce, and cotija cheese.