Wyoming June 16, 2017
This Amazing Wyoming Barbecue Joint Is So Hidden, You Wouldn’t Even Know It’s A Restaurant
If you’re out for a drive along U.S. Highway 191 in southwest Wyoming and spot a group of picnic tables under a tent, don’t pass it by. Most likely, you’ve stumbled onto a hidden barbecue joint that cooks up the best authentic western fare you’ll ever taste. Plus, the Wind River Mountains provide a breathtaking Wyoming view while you dine.
Pitchfork Fondue, Pinedale Rodeo Grounds, 9888 US HWY 191, Pinedale, WY 82941
The long line at the rodeo grounds in Pinedale, Wyoming aren't always made up of rodeo fans. If it's anywhere after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday in the summer, those crowds are there for one thing: a western outdoor cookout.
The Pitchfork Fondue is easy to find - either follow your nose or head south down U.S. Highway 191 in Pinedale.
Now in its permanent home, Matt and Liz David carry on the traditional cowboy cookout that was started in the mid-1990s on a cattle ranch a little further north, right outside Jackson Hole.
All the cooking is done outdoors over a wood fire.
There is always a fresh batch of homemade potato chips for starters.
Steaks are skewered on the tines of pitchforks to allow the cowboy chefs to cook more meats at once, more efficiently, and fondue-style.
Though you can enjoy delicious sirloin steak, chicken breast, and buffalo brats at the Pitchfork Fondue, it isn't just for carnivores. The vegetarian option on the menu includes a cowboy-sized selection of grilled mixed fruits and veggie shiskababs.
Once you have your main course, file through the buffet line where you can take your pick of homemade sauces and fresh side dishes such as baked potatoes, green and fruit salads, fried onions, and dinner rolls. Save room for brownies and lemon bars for dessert.
Drinks on the menu include iced and hot tea, lemonade, and coffee. You're welcome to BYOB, however, and ice buckets and cups are provided for those who want to bring an alcoholic beverage.
The folks at Pitchfork Fondue also offer catering and hosting for special events.
No one has ever gone away from the Pitchfork Fondue hungry or unsatisfied.
With all that amazing food and a view like this, it wouldn't be possible.
Have you ever eaten at Pitchfork Fondue? What was the best part of the meal?