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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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September 8, 2014

My Father, a butcher in Oakland (Part 2), by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ Team

Don’s Meat at 98th today   After six years of working at Liberty Market, Dad moved on to Gateway Market on 12th Street and continued to work as butcher. Eddie Tom who owned Eddie’s Market on 73rd Avenue was looking

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September 5, 2014

A Butcher’s Journey in Oakland (Part 1), by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ Team

Introduction by Pitmaster Harry There are over 7,000 barbecue teams in America and as many team names. What’s in a team name? Sometimes it is a chance coincidence that’s the genesis of a team name. Or, it may speak to

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August 31, 2014

You might be a competition pitmaster if …

  Once you have a few years of competition cooking under your belt, you’ll notice that you’ve developed some unusual habits. That is, these behaviors will seem normal to you but very odd to your family and friends. Here’s a list

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August 8, 2014

Slap Yo’ Daddy teaches at Weber-Stephens Headquarters in Illinois, by Donna Fong of Butchers Daughter BBQ – Part 3

<see Part 1 and Part 2> On the way, we drove through lush green Illinios pastures and the occasional Red Headed Sandhill crane could be seen from the road. There were fields and fields of corn that wouldn’t be harvested till later

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