BBQ at the Summit returns to Dillon |

BBQ at the Summit returns to Dillon

Kathryn Corazzelli
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The crew from Big Mike's BBQ pull off a slab of smoking hot ribs during Friday's BBQ in Dillon.

Follow the scents of hickory and charcoal to downtown Dillon today and Saturday for the Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit – the world’s highest Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue contest. The block party, held by the Rotary Club of Summit County in Dillon since 2005, includes good eats, frothy concoctions and live entertainment.

Almost 70 teams are competing – including some from as far away as Mississippi and California – with 40 of those signed up to dole out their savory goodies, said Betty Naftz, past Rotary president and co-chair of the annual event. Non-barbecue vendors will be present as well, selling items like ice cream, cupcakes, funnel cakes, smoothies and doughnuts. least 40 of the teams have competed in Dillon before.

“It’s a great time, fun for the entire family,” said Doug Pierce, owner of Bonnie Q BBQ in Dillon. Pierce has been competing in the Dillon event since 2005. “The number one thing about barbecue: Start slow and never go faster.”

“We have a lot of big teams coming,” Naftz said. Grand champions include team Quau from the KCBS competition, Smoker’s Wild from American Royal, the world’s largest barbecue contest held every fall, and Burnin’ Bob’s Butts n Bones, the winner of the Krystal 93 BBQ last year.

“They’re coming back to reclaim their championship,” Naftz said.

Teams compete in four main categories for grand champion: Chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Other divisions include sauce, salsa, dessert, side dish, potato salad and Kid’s Q. Naftz said over $16,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Back for a second year, the Rancher’s Reserve Beef Cup, the KCBS’s first beef points chase and prize purse, is being treated as an additional category to the main four. Participants are charged with preparing a cut of Rancher’s Reserve beef in a new and exciting way. Up for grabs is a piece of the $27,400 prize purse and major bragging rights. The cup is only being featured at nine events across the country this year.

Representatives from the KCBS will be there handing out samples and sharing barbecue tips and techniques. Using a blind judging process, the society sanctions approximately 350 barbecue competitions throughout the nation each year.

“The BBQ at the Summit is truly one of the great events in the country, and we’re excited to bring the tour to Dillon,” said Carolyn Wells, executive director and co-founder of KCBS. “The BBQ at the Summit represents what we love so much about barbecue: An opportunity for people to come together and enjoy ‘America’s cuisine.'”

Weekend raffles include the chance to win a 2011 Subaru Forester raffle at 6 p.m. Saturday and an early bird drawing at 5 p.m. Saturday for $1,000, with the eventual chance to win a one-bedroom condo in the Grand Lodge at Peak 7. There will be several live music performances throughout the weekend, including headliner Guitar Shorty, a blues guitarist and vocalist credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy.

All proceeds from the weekend will be used to help fund philanthropic projects of the Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund. Naftz said the organization hopes to raise $40,000.

Master bluesman Guitar Shorty will perform at the Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit in Dillon at 7:30 p.m. today on the Climax Molybdenum Stage. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings, beginning in 1957 with a Willie Dixon-produced single and soon followed by a gig as a featured member of Ray Charles’ road band. Guitar Shorty’s latest release Bare Knuckle, produced by famed songwriter and bassist Wyzard – a member of Mother’s Finest who has toured with Stevie Nicks and others – burns with heavy blues-rock fire from start to finish, putting Shorty’s infectious energy and guitar pyrotechnics on full display. He will be performing songs from the new CD. Admission is free.

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