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BBQ Tour Stop #14: Dillon, CO

August 25, 2011

2011 Dillon, CO - BBQ at the Summit

This was the second time this year we traveled Interstate 70 through the Dillon, Colo., area. In April on our way to Indio and the Stagecoach BBQ event, we exited the Eisenhower Tunnel to a white-out and snow drifts up to the bottom of the road signs. We didn’t encounter any snow this time but were greeted with beautiful weather and fantastic views of Lake Dillon and the surrounding mountains.

The Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit event is held in downtown Dillon. While we normally drive right through on I-70, it was nice to get off the highway to see the local area. We were surprised that Dillon was not as big of a community as we had expected. Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon all surround Lake Dillon with the city looking down on the lake and the beautiful mountains lining the background. Quite a few teams compete in the KCBS contest in addition to vending to the thousands of attendees. Right behind our KCBS tour trailer was the Golden Toad team who played to the crowd in a “Coyote Ugly” style using spatula’s on their grills beating out tunes and having a fantastic time!

Christine and I were warned ahead of time about the altitude of over 9,000 ft and that we would need to become acclimated since we were “flat-landers”. It did hit us a bit but we pushed through and will learn from the experience for next time. Since we were not on any of the main walkways for the event, it was tough to draw a crowd for our demonstrations but fine overall, and had a great time pushing out samples to the folks who walked by.

In addition to the four meat categories, the event also had sauce, salsa, Kids Q, dessert, side dish, Reser’s potato salad and Ranchers Reserve contests. 63 teams competed and Smokin’ Triggers won the Chicken category, Swinestone Cowboys won Pork, Rib-It won Ribs and the Kingsford Points chase, while Smoke N the Rockies won Brisket and Grand Championship.

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