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Charlie Epp, owner of C’s Catering in Hayden, takes a look into his smoker during the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig Friday at the Wyman Museum. Although Epp has been barbecuing for 15 years, this is his first competitive event.

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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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