Rocky Mountain Oysters have a long history in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado and other western states and even up into Canada. Cattle ranchers in the early west needed inexpensive food sources, so they would often experiment with different cuts and types of meat.

Ranchers often castrate young bulls as a type of breeding control and to help manage the animal’s temperament. When food was scarce, and nothing would go to waste, these early ranchers found quite a delicacy cooking up bull testicles over branding coals.


Today, people prepare Rocky Mountain Oysters in a number of ways, from sautéed and braised to broiled and even poached. The most common preparation involves serving them battered and fried with a side of cocktail sauce. Bull testicles are also rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as high in protein.

There are a number of places to try Rocky Mountain Oysters throughout Colorado. The most well-known restaurant is the Buckhorn Exchange, located in Denver and open since 1893, making it the city’s oldest restaurant. The Fort is another fine choice to give them a try, as well as enjoy a delightful menu of frontier-inspired cuisine.

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