Get out your grill: BBQ challenge nears |

Get out your grill: BBQ challenge nears

Daily News staff report
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Judge Storm Walker wears a crown during last summer's Coors Colorado Barbecue Challenge. This year's barbecue festival is on June 25-26.

FRISCO – More than 50 teams will compete in the official Colorado State Championship Barbecue cookoff, the 11th annual Coors Colorado Barbecue Challenge, June 25-26. Previously held in August, the event shifted to June after Main Street merchants and restaurateurs protested they lost business in August, an already busy time of the year.June was selected because the event will help build business during a slow time. Meanwhile, the Summit County Rotary Club, the former main sponsor of the event, has aligned with Dillon to stage another August barbecue event.

Frisco’s event is sanctioned for the ninth year by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.That Friday and Saturday, the teams will fire up their backyard grills, barrels and portable smokers in the middle of Main Street to prepare their secret barbecue recipes for judging and sales of barbecue to the public.”Buck a Bone” samples are available Friday from noon to 9 p.m. Sauce and Salsa and the “Kids Que” contest will be judged Friday afternoon.

Continuous music will be staged from noon to 9 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo. Bluegrass bands include Bobber Johnson and the Nightcrawlers, Sugarloaf String Band and Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin’ Poor Boys. On Saturday, the day starts with a pancake breakfast from 6-9 a.m., at $7 per person, at the Frisco Recreation Building. Music fills the air when the Rocky Mountain Banjos play 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo. The Blue Canyon Boys are on stage from 1-3 p.m.

Also on Saturday, more than 60 judges tackle the mouth-watering task of blind judging the barbecue samples and award $9,000 in prizes to barbecue teams from all over the country. “Buck a Bone” samples of beef brisket, pork shoulder or pork ribs, chicken and miscellaneous barbecue and desserts and side dishes are sold from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the crowds vote for the “People’s Choice” winners. Awards are presented at 3:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo.Major sponsors include the Summit County Chamber of Commerce, town of Frisco, Coors, Comcast Spotlight, Creative Angle, KSMT-The Mountain, KSKE, KTUN, Summit Daily News, Krystal 93, Resort Sports Network, Timberline Waste Disposal, 4 Sale By U, Arcadia Peak, Heavenly Times Hot Tubs, National Distributing, Valdoro Mountain Lodge, All Seasons Catering and many other local businesses.

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