Taste buds tell the story at Wine, Brew and BBQ

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DOING IT ALL - Ken Hansen of Belle Fourche was at the Wine, Brew and BBQ last Saturday demonstrating some of the things he can make on his Traeger grill. Hansen, his wife, Pam, and their son were offering taste tests for grilled mushrooms as well as caramel rolls, both made on the grill. He said he could even use it to make a pie. [PN Photo/CAROL WALKER]

By Carol Walker

The tantalizing aroma of barbecue wafted through Hill City last weekend as competitors in the Wine, Brew and BBQ, a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event, vied for top honors in Hill City that could propel them on to the national competition at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ in Lynchburg, Tenn. or the American Royal competition in Kansas City, Missouri. Lining Elm St. in Hill City from one end to the other were 25 booths with men and women grilling, smoking and barbecuing pork, chicken and beef for the Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.

“It was an absolutely phenomenal event, partly because the South Dakota Beef Council donated brisket and Reinhardt Food Service donated pork shoulders for the People’s Choice competition. It was an enormous amount of food,” said Bob Stanfiel, one of the organizers for the event.

He said the participation by the public in the tasting event was great, and he did not hear one person say they did not have enough to eat. Members of the public lined up at the information booth to purchase tokens that entitled them to have a taste of each of the meats barbecued by 17 of the 25 contestants in the event. When all was said, done and tasted, the champion in People’s Choice for the second year in a row was JR’s Rhodehouse BBQ from Piedmont.

Justin Rhodes, owner of the Rhodehouse, has been in the BBQ business full-time for about a year and a half. In June a fire in his building in Piedmont slowed him down slightly, but he has been able to operate out of a tent in front of the building until repairs to the building are complete. He was featured in HOGG magazine as having the “Best BBQ in the Hills.”

To determine awards that would enable some competitors to move closer to the national competitions, 24 judges were enlisted to make use of their taste buds at the Hill City Senior Center. At appointed times, portions of chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket and pork ribs were carried to the judges from each of the 25 booths. When the two-day competition was complete and points were tallied, overall winners were recognized as well as teams with the most points in each category.

Overall, first place went to Parrothead Smoker, second place to Lonestar Smoke Rangers and third place was CharQueterie.  Parrothead Smoker also won top honors for chicken, and Lone Star Smoke Rangers added a first in beef brisket to their record.  Jo-Bawb’s BBQ was champion for ribs and Eggspert was first place for pulled pork.

A few other catchy names in the competition were Rowdy Hog Smokin’ BBQ, Papa Smoke and the Arriba BBQ Team, Sloppy Knuckles BBQ, Smokin’ Hot Butt BBQ and Backyard BBQ. Right from Hill City, Eric Lemke and his team from Three Forks called Smoke It Up took 18th place overall. Dale Schwochow, his brother Ted and his wife Patsy created a team called D and D BBQ and competed for the first time, making a great showing, according to Stanfiel.

In addition to the People’s Choice and the more formal competition, there were barbecued meats and other eats available to purchase as well as wine and beer at the Wine and Brew Village and other places. Music by Jeff Shannon, Michael Shaw, Brent Morris and the Western Acoustics, the Black Hills Woodshredders and Brandon Sprague provided music during the course of the two-day competition.

With another successful year of BBQ behind them, the chamber committee is looking forward to doing it again in 2015 for the third annual Wine, Brew and BBQ.

“As long as I am here, we are going to keep hosting this event,” said Stanfiel.


Rushmore Polo Club continues winning streak, defeats BHPC

Talking it out — Rushmore Polo member Duane Lammers, left, confers with opposing Black Hills Polo players Judy Ketelsen, partially hidden, and Dan Gylten, right. [Submitted Photo/Friederike Brumm & Kaja Gottschalk]

Rushmore Polo and Social Club’s chances of pulling a fourth straight win over visiting Rapid City’s Black Hills Polo Club at Sunday’s Newton Fork Ranch’s 24th annual Picnic and Polo event looked bleaker than this past summer’s skies.

With a shake-up of the Hill City team members — with the absence of Boe and Angela Gregson — it took a while for Rushmore to settle into the game. The missing Gregsons were replaced by renowned buffalo wrangler Duane Lammers, now of Manitoba, Canada, and Susie Lammers of Sioux Falls. Filling out the home team roster was Tim Gregson and, as an alternate, Duane’s son, Alex, who last played in 2007.  The Black Hills Polo Club was represented by Kurt and Judy Ketelsen from north of Ellsworth, Rich Jensen of Double Diamond Ranch, and Dan Glyten of Hill City, who was playing as an alternate.

Stepping onto the field in the first chukker were Kurt and Judy Ketelsen along with Dan Gylten.  Representing Hill City were Duane Lammers, Tim Gregson and Susie Lammers. And although both teams came out with mallets swinging, the first chukker ended scoreless.

Commencing with the second chukker, the play began in earnest. Black Hills Polo members Kurt Ketelsen and Dan Glyten both put a goal on the board with Rich Jensen assisting.  Rushmore managed to answer the call with a goal of its own posted by captain Tim Gregson. Both teams exhibited some fine playing with lots of impressive, strong offside backhand shots that kept the ball rolling on goal. The match went into halftime with a score of 2-1 in favor of Rapid City’s Black Hills Polo Club.

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School staff gears up for the first day

By Carol Walker

In less than a week, summer vacation will come to an end for Hill City students who will head back to the classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Throughout the summer months, school buildings have been cleaned and polished and school administration and teachers have been preparing rules, technology and curriculum to make Hill City Schools a positive and safe learning environment for youth.

To better inform parents and students, open houses will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the middle school from 5 to 6 p.m., and at the elementary school from 5:30 to 7 p.m. On the same day there will also be an open house for the food service from 5 to 7 p.m.  Checkout for PC computers has been steady at the high school office, and it can be done any day this week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 29.

“We look forward to seeing students the first day of school. Many activities are scheduled the week prior to the start of school, and I want to highlight a few items before the first day. Our district website (www.hillcity.sd.schoolwebspages.com), the school district app, the Prevailer full page ad and building offices are great places to check for information prior to the first day of school,” said Supt. Mike Hanson.

Hanson said the 2014-2015 student and parent handbooks are also a good resource for everyone. He encourages everyone to read the handbooks and complete the signature pages located at the end of the handbooks.

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Public restrooms a disgrace to city?

By Carol Walker

Of all the consequential issues city government officials grapple with, toilets hardly seem to be something that should float to the top, but Hill City business owners think otherwise. Mary Jo Marcy, representing Artforms Gallery, and Lorena Freis, owner of Farmer’s Daughter, came before the city council on Monday night on behalf of 26 Hill City merchants who signed a petition asking the city to keep the public restrooms open and clean 24-7 and budget to build a better public restroom facility in the future.

“We would like to request that the public restrooms at least be kept clean and open. I have had someone tell me they would never come back to Hill City again because the bathrooms are so bad. The businesses here generate a lot of money for Hill City. Sometimes the bathrooms are not even open. One of the doors is rusty, and you can’t even get it open. What can we do?” said Marcy.

Brett McMacken, city administrator, said, “Dennis [Schrier, public works director,] said the bathrooms are always open. Now the padlock is there on the door, but they are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We can’t keep them open in the winter because there is no heat in there.”

“They are just plain icky,” said Freis. “It has even been in the ‘Two cents worth’ in the Rapid City Journal. They said, ‘What a black eye for Hill City.’”

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Obituaries for Aug. 27

Victor Johndee DuBry died Aug. 23, 2014, at his home in Edgemont, S.D. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

To read the full obituary, pick up the Aug. 27 issue of the Hill City Prevailer. To subscribe, call 605.574.2538.


Missing man found dead

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The body of a man missing since Aug. 6 was found on Friday, Aug. 15, at about 5:30 p.m. by searchers approximately a half mile to three-quarters mile north of the Iron Creek trailhead in the Black Elk Wilderness.

An investigation was conducted at the scene and no signs of foul play were observed.

It was reported that the missing person, Jordan Michael Baznik, age 23, of Naperville, Ill., was on a trip with three friends headed to Washington to cross over into Canada for a music concert. While passing through South Dakota, they wanted to see Mt. Rushmore. After seeing Mt. Rushmore, they got a motel in Keystone.

Around midnight Baznik and his friends were looking for a place to eat. According to his friends, Baznik wanted to take a shower and went out to his vehicle to get a towel. A little while later, they went out to see where he was and he and the car were gone.

Baznik was reported missing by his friends to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Aug. 7.

According to Lt. Steve McMillin from the Custer County Sheriff’s Depart-ment, Baznik’s friends said that during the trip, his emotions were rapidly changing from him crying to being happy to getting upset. There was no history of this happening before­­, they said, and he had no experience in the outdoors.

A search was started the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 12, after Baznik’s vehicle, a 2014 red Mazda 5 bearing the Illinois license plate P562907, was located at Iron Creek Trailhead. The vehicle was unlocked and there were no keys in the vehicle, but multiple items for camping were in the vehicle.
Searches were conducted on foot based on the location of Baznik’s car until sundown, with approximately 25 people and three dogs. The car was impounded by Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, pending a search.

All residences in the area were contacted and checked, with no results. Campers and hikers in the area were contacted and officers were advised they had seen the car, but not him.

On Wednesday, another search started around 8 a.m. consisting of 30-35 people, three dogs and a helicopter. The search lasted until about 3 p.m. when all areas relevant to the car were searched and nothing was found. The search was then suspended until more evidence or leads could be determined.
Officers made contact with people who had spoken with Baznik on Thursday, Aug. 7, at around 10 a.m. He was parking in the area and had asked about parking his vehicle for a couple of days. He made reference to going for a hike.

Thursday morning, Lt. McMillin and three search and rescue members went to the area around the horse camp to check a couple spots again, with nothing being located and the search ending around 1 p.m. He contacted the helicopter pilot with regards to a possible bedroll he had seen. A search and rescue member went to the area and located a campsite that was later confirmed to belong to Baznik. Items found there were a wallet with cash and an ID card, a sleeping bag, an iPod, boots and clothing matching that which Baznick was last seen wearing.

A search of the immediate area resulted in nothing else being located. Items from the camp were taken to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. It did not appear the campsite had been used from the lack of foot traffic in the grass around the sleeping bag.

On Friday, the search started again around 10 a.m. with approximately 20 people, two dogs and two helicopters with FLIR searching the area.

A preliminary cause of death is believed to be hypothermia. ­­An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.


Wine, Brew & BBQ to kick off the weekend

By Bev Pechan

“I’ve always loved barbecue – it’s a natural passion for me,” says Bob Stanfiel, head honcho of this weekend’s second annual Wine, Brew & BBQ event taking place in downtown Hill City.

Stanfiel said the aromatic cook-off began last year when he was approached by Tony Balay of the Lone Star Smoke Rangers BBQ group of Rapid City. Balay wondered how a national cook-off event would go in Hill City and Stanfiel brought it to the Hill City Chamber of Commerce to see if there was interest in such an event.

There was.

According to Stanfiel, the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which lays out the rules for the competition, sends members a monthly update called a “bull sheet” on competitions taking place around the country and teams can select those events that interest them the most. Over the year, they accrue points leading to national awards. “It’s the NASCAR of the barbecue world,” Stanfiel said. Last year, a team from New Mexico attended the Hill City contest and the events in various regions are scheduled a year in advance. Teams are professionals who travel an itinerary of their choice, vying for top honors.

“Last year,” Stanfiel said, “we had 16 teams.” The first year of a new competition, he said, required a minimum of 15 teams. This year, there will be at least 25 teams, as that is the least number allowed for a KCBS- sanctioned event by its second year and subsequent years.

The action takes place at the intersection of Main and Elm streets beginning on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 a.m., when competitors will begin their set-ups on both sides of Elm Street. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. a Wine and Brew Village will be set up at Harney Peak Inn and the lot at Twisted Pine will  be open for lunch and dinner with a “BBQ Alley.” Beginning at 4 p.m., Jeff Shannon will provide live music between Twisted Pine and Rico’s, followed by Michael Shaw at 7 p.m. Barbecue cooks will begin their competition prep at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23 opens the festival officially with an SDSU BBQ camp from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Wine and Brew Village and BBQ Alley will again open at 11 a.m. Cooks will be preparing their entries all morning long and will begin to present their best efforts, beginning at noon.

There are four categories of barbecued meats and each team must enter all four: chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket and pork ribs.

Chicken will be presented to certified KCBS judges at noon, followed by pulled pork at 12:30, beef brisket at 1 p.m. and pork ribs at 1:30. Peoples’ choice voting begins at 2 p.m.

To sample the offerings, Stanfiel says the public can purchase one dollar tokens at the Chamber information kiosk in the center of Elm and Main. Each token can be redeemed for a two-ounce sample of their choice from the finalists. Banners indicating which teams are still in the competition will be draped on their respective tents, with the final award ceremony taking place at 4 p.m.

A second SDSU BBQ camp runs from 12:30 to 2:30. Saturday’s music lineup between Twisted Pine and Rico’s features Brent Morris and the Western Acoustics from 2 to 4 p.m.; the Black Hills Woodshredders from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Brandon Sprague from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact the Hill City Chamber at 574-2368 or Stanfiel at 939-4262.