Craig BBQ contest voted best in state, second in region
November 8, 2011
“The contest itself was one of the best or maybe the best that I’ve ever gone to. Everything was taken care of so well, it was right on top of things.”— Bob Oldfield, a director of the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association, on the second annual Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig
The Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig was recognized Saturday as a premier event during the annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Association banquet in Canon City.
According to the results of the "organizer's challenge," an evaluation submitted by cooks and judges, the state barbeque championship held in August at Loudy-Simpson Park ranked first out of 11 RMBBQA Cups held in Colorado in 2011.
Bob Oldfield, one of the directors for the association, said Craig's state championship was one of the best events he has ever attended.
"The contest itself was one of the best or maybe the best that I've ever gone to," Oldfield said. "Everything was taken care of so well, it was right on top of things."
Oldfield said the organizer's challenge was the brainchild of George Rohrich, chief executive officer at The Memorial Hospital of Craig.
Rohrich has also organized the local BBQ event for its first two years.
Oldfield said the philosophy of the organizer's challenge is to provide the association and its local event organizers with ideas for future improvements.
"But, you guys don't have a lot to work on," Oldfield said.
Oldfield said the evaluation encompasses 16 questions that can be scored one through 10 for 160 total points.
The State BBQ Championships at Craig received 155 points and scored perfect 10s in seven categories including availability of volunteers, access to utilities, ample parking, quality of judges, payout, event communications and a question on whether or not teams intend to return in the future.
The event received its lowest score due to a lack of discounted/affordable hotels for teams and contest judges.
"The only other issue was with port-o-potties," Oldfield said. "Two were moved on the last day to accommodate the judge's tent, leaving six or seven BBQ teams without access to a nearby toilet.
"Had there been two more port-o-potties, I bet you guys would have gotten a perfect score."
The BBQ association also sponsors eight additional cups in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. Of the 19 total sanctioned contests in 2011, the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig ranked second.
Oldfield said The Showdown on the Plains BBQ Challenge at Scott City, Kan., edged the Craig contest by two points to take top honors in the region.