February 26, 2015

Guinea Pig 2 Contest, Rancho Mirage, California, February 21, 2015

  It doesn’t take a financial whiz to figure that being a barbecue competitor can get expensive. With entry fees on the West Coast pushing $350 and a high-dollar brisket edging past $200 with shipping, not to mention the

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February 26, 2015

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Part 3

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Part 3 By Donna Fong The “Chilly” Chili & BBQ contest is in its 26th year and sponsored by the Capital City Post No. 8787, Veterans of Foreign Wars in northern Austin. To get

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February 19, 2015

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Texas Part 2

Spring Fever in Texas Part 2 By Donna Fong  If you have ever flown in or out of San Francisco on a sunny day, there is no denying its beauty. Between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and

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February 12, 2015

Spring Contest Fever in Austin, Texas Part 1

Donna my sweetheart and headcook of Butchers Daughter BBQ has always wanted to complete her bucket list to cook a sanctioned contest in Texas. That opportunity came in February 2015 when her homie Cindy of Da Fraulein Swine BBQ

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November 26, 2014

Something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving  

By Donna Fong In my family, Thanksgiving is about food. There are families that love music, love to hike, love to drink, love to gamble, love to joke, love sports or some combination of everything.  My family, we love

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October 27, 2014

The Lancaster Challenge Blazin’ BBQ Throwdown by Donna Fong

In August, I judged my 30th KCBS BBQ contest and passed my online exam. After 11 years, I finally became a Master CBJ.   It was time to go back to cooking and I found myself at Dana Point at

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October 8, 2014

4th Annual Dana Point BBQ Championship by Donna Fong

For the 4th year in a row, Harry and I participated in the Dana Point championships in southern California. Without a doubt, Dana Point is known as one of California’s premier contests and for good reason. It’s got

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September 29, 2014

My Father, a butcher in Oakland (Part 5), by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ Team

Retired butchers, Lisa Fong and Donald Fong   Now that my Dad is older, I listen to his stories with more attention than I did in the past. Dates and names seem more important, though I’m not sure why.

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September 22, 2014

My Father, a butcher in Oakland (Part 4), by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ Team

The Schaefer family did well by the meat business and owned a large piece of land in nearby Dublin, CA. It was called Schaefer Ranch and once a year, Otto Sr. and then his son, Butch would invite his

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September 15, 2014

My Father, a butcher in Oakland (Part 3), by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ Team

Donald Fong in front of Allied Meats of Oakland in 1990’s My father is a humble and friendly man. He is the kind of guy that starts a jovial conversation with his neighbor while waiting in a long line at

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