A Gluten Free Surprise at House of Smoke in Fort Lupton
I wasn’t sure what I would find when I planned to explore the House of Smoke restaurant in Fort Lupton, CO. From my initial phone call, I knew that they were USDA meat plant and the largest producer and distributor of wild game in the United States. I was told that they offered the meats they product and serve at their deli/restaurant on gluten free wraps but I must confess, I was skeptical. Shame on me!
When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by Debbie James, the House of Smoke’s deli manager for over 20 years. As we sat down to talk about the gluten free options available, I was not expecting to hear what I did. All their meats and condiments are gluten free and can be served on La Tortilla Factory gluten free wrap. And, some of their sides such as potato salad, chili and salads are gluten free as well.
I must say that I was ecstatic. Why you may be asking? It is just meat on a wrap, right? Well, not really. House of Smoke is not just deli meat but rather “old fashioned hickory smoked meats”. 50 different ones to be exact, with a large selection of wild game meats.
Here are some of the choices you will have for your gluten free wraps:
- Cajun Pheasant
- Buffalos Sausage
- Norwegian Sausage
- Corned Buffalo
- Buffalo Bratwurst
- BBQ Beef
- Elk Roast
- Club: Ham, Turkey and Bacon
- And much more
The House of Smoke decided to add the gluten free wrap options after many, many customers asked for gluten free options. Since she added them, they have been a bit hit. Debbie is knowledgable about cross contamination and takes great care to keep the gluten free orders safe from contact with the other gluten-containing breads.
I asked Debbie which sandwich her gluten free customers liked the best and she said the Torpedo (Hot Beef Sausage, Pepperoncini, Mayo, Onion, Oil, Lettuce and Tomato) was definitely a favorite not to be missed. That sounded like a very delicious wrap but earlier in our conversation she spoke about the BBQ Beef and I could not get that out of my head. I had to have it! And I did.
As I waited for Debbie to make my wrap, I was perusing the case where they sell bulk meat to the public. I noticed a frog in there. It was next to the turtle and the alligator. Just what you would expect to see in a meat case, right? I wanted to just accept it and move on but my curious nature got the best of me. I asked “what is up with the frog” and was told to look on the top of the case at their other one in a large jar. As soon as I spotted the humongous frog floating in the jar, I let out a scream and thought I was going shed all the skin on my body. Yuck! “Was it real, I asked?” Of course not. If I would have looked closer I would have seen that it had faded red stripes. Not usually indicative a real frog.
Just when I thought I was safe from any other amphibians, reptiles or other creepy creatures that scare the crap out of me, they said “look for the snakes in the greenery”. What was going on here? Were they trying to freak me out completely? I am a curious person, but I refused to look for the snakes because that’s where I draw the line. I HATE snakes and was not sure how I would reacted if I found the “rubber snake in the greenery”. No, I take that back. I know exactly how I would have reacted: I would have screamed, jumped up and down and made quite the fool of myself.
I appreciate the sense of humor the staff at House of Smoke has. If you do not have problems with snakes or amphibians or the like, I encourage to look around when you are there and say hello to the little cirtters for me.
I had a fun time with Debbie and her staff. I could not wait to try my BBQ Beef wrap and as soon as I returned home, I devoured it. Delicious!
House of Smoke
825 Denver Avenue
Fort Lupton, CO 80621