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A moluccan cockatoo traveling the country with the Skin & Bones barbecue team from Arcadia, Fla., eats a rib for a snack during the first Colorado State BBQ Championship Friday at the Wyman Museum. The Skin & Bones team, headed by Rooster Roberts, travels the country entering barbecue competitions from March until November.

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Local BBQ contestants compete against national talent in Craig

By mid-morning Friday, things were already heating up at the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig. A field of 29 regional and national contestants stood under blue skies, a warm sun and windswept clouds of smoke. Among the teams assembled for the weekend event at Wyman Museum are local cooks from Craig, Hayden and Meeker. “There’s some real competition here,” Craig resident and competitor Alan Webber said. “Johnny Trigg just showed up. He’s a two-time (Jack Daniels) champion, and he’s done the BBQ Pitmasters (television) series. That guy knows his ribs.”

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