The celebrity chef, who is known as the godfather of BBQ, was able to make the Parker date, thanks to a change in schedule for a Nevada BBQ cookoff and a persistent invitation from Jim Chincholl, a master judge and member of the CCV Rotary Club of Parker that hosts the annual competition.
“Having the actual godfather of barbecue come to our event, to see him and meet him in person is pretty cool for BBQ fans,” Chincholl said.
The Smokin’ Brew is just one of about 1,000 competitions held nationwide each year and one of the 40 to 45 competitions Trigg and his wife, Trish, will compete in this year as the Smokin’ Triggers.
The couple won’t be a shoe-in to win the charity event that offers $8,500 in prize money.
The Smokin’ Triggers will compete against 50 other teams, including five or six past Rocky Mountain BBQ Association Team of the Year Champions and the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s Team of the Year for 2013, according to Chincholl.
While Trigg said he is looking forward to competing in Parker, it won’t be the highlight of his BBQ career. His biggest accomplishment, he said, was winning the Jack Daniels’ World Championship BBQ Invitation in 2000 and 2003 – making him the only competitor to twice win the honor, which he compared to the “Super Bowl.”
In addition to the Jack Daniels’ victories, the 75-year-old from Texas has appeared on the TLC reality TV show, BBQ Pitmasters, four times, and was inducted into the National Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Smokin’ Brew BBQ is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and will be held at Parker Station, 19751 E. Mainstreet, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The festivities will conclude with an awards ceremony at 5 pm on Sunday, Aug. 31, after the judging of entries.
The event is free, although tickets must be purchased for food and drink. Proceeds benefit local and international charities, including Project Sanctuary, Douglas County Support Center, Parker Task Force and the Women’s Crisis Center, as well as the Rotary’s educational and international programs.
In addition to seeing some top BBQ chefs from across the country, guests can enjoy diverse music provided by locally- and nationally-known groups. The entertainment will begin on Friday with Syke 96, winner of Arvada’s Jam Out Hunger Battle of the Bands competition, who will play from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the Indulgers, who will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Parker’s own Blinker Fluid will take to the stage from noon to 3 p.m., followed by nationally-known Catfish Kray Blues Band, who will play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then Lewis and Floorwax Groove Hawgs, who will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday’s final day will feature Viretta from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Black Jack Canyon Band from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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