For Aaron Gonerway, the smell of a wood fire conjures up memories of his family’s visit to Clarksville, Texas, where he learned the art of meat-smoking from his late Uncle Glen. “My uncle had a rusty smoker with no thermometer,” he says, “but he did an amazing barbecue.” As an adult, Gonerway’s desire to reproduce the flavors of his childhood inspired him to perfect his own backyard cooking methods. So the uncertainty of the pandemic gave the aspiring pit master the push he needed to leave his full-time job as an operations supervisor at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds to start Plates by the Pound BBQ in November 2020. Gonerway sold his kissed fire rate. at home until September 2021, when he opened a store in Aurora that caters all week but serves take-out on Saturdays. Please arrive before 10:30 a.m. (Restaurant opens at 11 AM and usually sells out before 1:30 PM) To order tender ribs, juicy pulled pork and breast-loaded baked potatoes accompanied by creamy sides with gravy of dill. Baked Bean and Mixed Potato Salad with Smoked Turkey. Like his uncle, Gonerway prides himself on offering simple, mildly sweet sauces and refuses to give his barbecue a regional-style label like Texas or Carolina. “For me, it’s just a barbecue,” Gonerway says. “I cook what I like to eat. I cook what I grew up eating. “
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