By Kayli Corbin
Photograph by Emma Thompson
Imagine this – you’re hanging in the backyard with your best friends and family. The afternoon sun is perfectly warm, and your choice beverage is perfectly cold. The aroma of sweet, smoky, savory barbeque intoxicates everyone in attendance. Kids are laughing, stories are being shared, and smiles are abundant. You think to yourself, “THIS is the life. I’m so glad to be in this moment.”
Whether you pride yourself in being a grill master or love to enjoy the fruits of another’s BBQ labor, and it’s likely that description brought you to a place you’d like to be again. A backyard BBQ is something that just inherently feels good and with summer at our back door, I know we’re ALL ready to get out and grill!
Deny and Dave Bart have run the gamut of grilling and have a pretty impressive history. What started as a passion, quickly developed into gifting food to friends and neighbors, and ultimately the beginning of a successful business. The duo to open Bart’s Blazin’ Q in 2006 in Northern California. They received countless compliments about their prime cuts cooked low and slow, and decided it was time to dive into BBQ competitions.
The first competition they entered, they took first place in the brisket category! They were awarded Grand Champion out of 38 entries at an event in Placerville and took first place for their sauce at the USA BBQ Championship in Las Vegas in 2011.
Although Deny and Dave have hung up the reigns for Bart’s Blazin’ Q, the coals of their BBQ passion are still piping hot! Their Eagle home hosts a recently completed barbeque shack in the backyard. This is the stuff of a grill master’s dreams! Space to house their BBQs and a place dedicated to their life-long passion was a no brainer when they started building their home.
Dave learned a long time ago, thanks to his dad, that great tasting BBQ wasn’t cooked on a gas grill; it was cooked over charcoal. Dave says the smell of the burning charcoal takes him back to his childhood days when his dad would fire up the BBQ. As the years have passed, Dave has perfected his art of cooking BBQ low and slow using both charcoal and hardwoods.
The family ties and good memories a backyard BBQ creates is something irreplaceable. It’s important to remember what really matters as we work our way through this challenging time in the world. Many of us have been distant from the people we love and are eager to get back to the roots of what makes us happy. Deny shares, “Barbecue, BBQ, Q, however you want to say it – it’s all about family, friends, good times, and good food!”
We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment and hope that you find some time to enjoy delicious food in the company of the ones you love!