A visitor from afar once asked the manager, Steve Horner, “What is ‘Groovin’?”.
Steve never had to explain Groovin’ before. However, words came quick, because Slow Groovin’ isn’t just a catchy name, it is a way of life for the team at this unique barbeque joint. Groovin’ is live music, shooting pool with friends, throwing darts while sippin’ a beer, or simply taking in the mountain views while contemplating one’s own existence. Groovin’ is an elevated state of mind one obtains by doing all these things while enjoying some of the most carefully crafted barbeque you can find. Tucked into a historic restaurant space (the longtime location of The Mountain Dragon) Slow Groovin’ combines quality food, relaxed ambiance, and 24 (specifically selected) beers on tap.
Slow Groovin’ was originally started as a seasonal restaurant in neighboring Marble, Colorado. As a summer-only destination, the founders of this unique concept wanted to work hard all summer and play hard all winter. But when your work is also your play, a need for a winter location to share their unique brand of food, drinks, and ‘groovin’ arose. An opportunity popped up to serve up their Colorado take on barbeque in Snowmass, and Slow Groovin’ has been entertaining locals and visitors ever since. The traditional platters stand out as the obvious choice for aficionados. Six different types of meat (Ribs, Pulled Pork, Half-Chicken, Beef Brisket, Smoked Sausage, and Smoked Salmon) are accompanied with classic sides that please the most sophisticated of barbeque pallets.
Appetizers are an easy choice for après. The Hillbilly Nachos (which are actually a food challenge), is enough to feed an army, piled up high with meat, cheese, and other traditional toppings. Few take as much care with their chicken wings as Slow Groovin’. These wings are marinated for 24 hours, dry rubbed, smoked, fried and served with a choice of sauce (we recommend the Buffman – a housemade buffalo sauce). There are three versions of the “Unroutine Poutine”, unique to the Snowmass location. And finally, the tribute to The Mountain Dragon, the “Atomic Dragon Turds”, are a unique take on the classic Jalapeno Popper, wrapped up like an egg roll.