When you mention the word “barbeque” to a foodie you could be sparking an intense debate between Memphis style versus Kansas City style of BBQ. Is dry rub better than marinade? What’s the best wood for smoking? What about dipping sauces? Yes, a barbeque conversation can go on for hours. The best way to talk about barbeque is actually while enjoying barbeque. Just because we live in Colorado Springs doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good ol’ fashioned BBQ cook-out. In fact, the recent Boats, Bands and BBQ held its 12 Annual event over at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. This HARP event featured a chicken wing and ice cream eating contest. However, the main attraction had to be the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off of professional grillers. These are folks who took their BBQ very seriously.
It was expected that the event would draw around 48 teams from around the country. The goal was simple: cook any kind of ribs any kind of way and grill something using Pueblo chilies. This was definitely a competition everyone can sink their teeth into! What’s amazing about these contests is that the chefs don’t just cook for the judges. They’re also cooking for all the event goers. Translation: For one small fee you could sample the most amazing BBQ ever to hit the Colorado area. All it takes is for one new dry rub ingredient or sauce tasting to inspire you to rush back to your own backyard grill to try your hand at some BBQ ribs or tri-tip.
Getting the right ingredients and cut of meat is only half the battle. You also have to make sure your grill is up to the challenge. What kind of shape is your current grill in? If it spent the winter in the backyard it took a beating. Even keeping the grill covered would still expose it to snow, rain and wind and that’s just the outside. On the inside of the grill you might find that your starter button is no longer working or your flames aren’t firing up as they should. All of that points to the simple conclusion that it’s time for a new grill and this is the perfect time to go grill shopping. Stores are eager to move their grills out at the beginning of the summer and you might find a decent bargain.
After buying your grill and waiting for it to get delivered, you’ll have to take care of the old model. Yes, it served you well over the years but now it’s time to say good-bye. A team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Colorado Springs will help make the “good-bye” as hassle free as possible. This is because they’ll be able to load up that old grill on the back of their truck and have it properly disposed of. You’ll also be able to load up the trunk with even more junk that has seen better days like old patio furniture or clutter from the garage. When everything is clear, you can focus on what is truly important: perfecting your BBQ recipes!