The Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit, presented by the Summit County Rotary Club was smaller than years past it’s because it was not a competition, yet still inviting to the casual visitor. The nice thing about this, it had local appeal, all the booths were from the nearby vicinity. It still had the BBQ feel with the smell of hickory woods burning and the finishing smokes of the fruit woods, like peach from Palisade, Colorado. It did not have the crowds of other events around the county which made it more enjoyable; not bumping into people every step down Main Street, actually finding a spot to sit and enjoy the food you’re eating and to see friends and acquaintances from around the county you have seen for ages.
The Golden Toad was rocking out to their music with huge air guitars in the shape of spatulas, dancing around and having an all-around good time. Their shrimp bombs with skewered shrimp and kielbasa sausage where slow grilled to perfection getting a brush of their chipotle BBQ finishing sauce every time they were flipped. They had it down to a science getting the sausage hot and not letting the shrimp get chewy, with that sauce turning into a sweet and sticky glaze, transforming it from a normal kabob into an extraordinary skewer of goodness.
The smoked turkey legs were the ones that came pre-done but none the less were still tasty; heavily brined and meaty they make your mouth water either from the brine or the gigantic bites of meat. These are more of a BBQ novelty than anything else; they can be compared to a ham more than a true pit mastered work of art.
Another novelty that you can find at state fairs, rodeos and anywhere else that you have fried creations is the funnel cake. This is said lightly because everyone loves these tempting fried concoctions topped with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Even people that deny loving these cakes pinch a piece off when no one is looking. There is something to be said at watching the dough poured into a vat of hot oil and seeing the bubbling of the dough cooking to a golden perfection.
The Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues was playing on stage Saturday afternoon with a blues vibe to it they were putting on a great show. The harmonica player was belting out his music and was a crowd favorite. When kids are dancing and adults tapping their shoes you know the band has some catchy tunes. Not headlining the afternoon’s line-up, these guys definitely put on a good show for the crowd.
The Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit, presented by the Summit County Rotary Club, in Dillon, on Main Street, was a terrific way to spend the afternoon wandering the streets looking for the next morsel to eat, with a hometown feel to the entire event. Having kid areas and amusements for the families adds to the afternoon’s entertainment. You still have to look forward to next year when the competition returns and the teams from across the county showcase their abilities. This event is held annually the second weekend of August. Bring on the BBQ!