The Town of Frisco hosts 60 teams at the national barbecue contest June 14-16, 2012

Frisco, CO  (Food News)  Frisco takes barbecue to a whole new level with the 19th Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge June 14-16, 2012. This Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event attracts more than 60 teams from across the country to compete for top honors as the best barbecuer in the Rockies. Attendees will enjoy many activities, including pig races, a 5K Bacon Burner run, live music, an exclusive chef demo and a Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour with a private tour of winning barbecue teams.

“The Colorado Barbecue Challenge offers many outdoor activities for the entire family,” said Suzanne Lifgren, marketing director for Town of Frisco. “It’s the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend in the mountains, especially with a ticket to the Breckenridge Whiskey Rub It, Smoke It, Sip It BBQ Tour.”

This year the Colorado Barbecue Challenge will offer even more outdoor fun with the first Bacon Burner, a 5K run on Saturday, June 16th at 9:30 a.m. Registrants will receive a signature Barbecue Challenge t-shirt and beer coupons to use during the event. There are plenty of activities for all ages, and with free admission, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy barbecue. Attendees can purchase hog-back bucks, Frisco’s BBQ currency, to pay for food and drinks and use them at participating retail stores and restaurants along Main Street.

In addition to the family fun, attendees will have a chance to enjoy an exclusive chef demo with Jenna Johansen at the Viking kitchen gazebo for a select group of guests. Johansen is a contestant on Bravo TV’s new hit show “Around the World in 80 Plates” and is the former executive chef of Dish.

For inspiring barbecuers and whiskey lovers, the Breckenridge Whiskey Rub It, Smoke It, Sip It BBQ Tour will show participants how to prepare various meats while sipping on whiskey. Tickets for tour can be purchased online, and each ticket will come with a bottle of whiskey, signature shirt and complimentary whiskey during the tour. To purchase a ticket for this showcase event, visit

Proceeds from the event benefit more than eight non-profits, including Advocates for Assault, Summit County Restaurant Association, High Country Conservation, Summit Independent Business Alliance, Mountain Mentors, Women of the Summit, and ProStart, a statewide program providing scholarships to Summit High School students that aspire to have a career in the hospitality industry.

For more details about the Colorado Barbecue Challenge, lodging specials and activities, visit or call 1-800-424-1554.

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