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BBQ Tour Stop #19: Grand Junction, CO

September 23, 2010
Chris and I headed to the Pork and Hops Challenge held in Grand Junction, CO for the next leg of the BBQ Tour. After a couple of weeks on the road, we were looking forward to seeing old friends in Grand Junction – we even caught up with the young lady who used to babysit our children!

As we loaded into the event, we caught up with Bill and Barbara Milroy, who we hadn’t seen since Stagecoach, so it was nice to catch up. We were also told that 4 Legs Up BBQ, the 2009 Pork and Hops winner, would be vending to the crowd in addition to defending their title.

Our friends with Redwood Creek Wines joined us again in Colorado, and they had a great crowd there to enjoy the sampling out of different Redwood Creek wines.  Whenever the Redwood folks join us, we make the crowds even happier by including a great Steven Raichlen recipe in our demonstration – Cinnamon Grilled Peaches using Redwood Creek’s Pino Grigio as one of the main ingredients.

Saturday night, before Diamond Rio took the stage, the awards ceremony was held on the main stage. It was great to see all the BBQ teams sitting in the crowd waiting to hear their name get called and hoping that they would be the last ones. 4 Legs Up BBQ was the last name called, as they won back-to-back Pork and Hops Championships. We did get to award the Kingsford Challenge over-sized check to a team that was new to us – McFrankenBoo’s BBQ! On Saturday morning, as Chris and I were visiting teams, we met the McFrankenBoo’s BBQ team and their little dog – Shamus. With so much going on, it is always fun for us to walk around and visit teams, making new friends on the BBQ Trail.

Kevin and his crew along with Larry from the City of Grand Junction put on a wonderful contest for the cooking teams and had great entertainment for the thousands of folks in attendance!

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