North Metro Fire Rescue District and Northglenn Police Department are coming together to host the First Annual Red and Blue BBQ Cook-Off on June 23 in Northglenn. The family-friendly event will include a BBQ competition, live music, vendors and food trucks, all while raising funds for two charities that support fallen or seriously injured first responders in Colorado.
Cook-Off Teams Invited to Enter
The Red and Blue BBQ Cook-Off is a competition between cook-off teams in the categories of brisket, chicken, pork ribs and dessert, with the best overall winner taking home a new pit barrel smoker. Additionally, North Metro Fire and Northglenn Police will square off in a whole hog roast for a special traveling trophy between the two departments. The host agencies are looking for cook-off teams to be a part of the inaugural event. Cost per team to enter is $50, and teams are expected to also provide samples to the public who attend.
Tickets on Sale for the Public
Anyone wishing to attend may purchase a ticket online for $15, which includes tickets to sample 10 cook-off meats from competitors. The cook-off event will go from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot and outdoor space adjoining Northglenn City Hall, with the awards being presented later in the afternoon. Live music will be provided by local bands, and food trucks will be on site to provide additional food options for purchase. Additionally, Northglenn Rotary Club will provide a beer and wine tent for attendees to pair with their BBQ.
All profits from the cook-off event will go toward two non-profits, Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation and Colorado C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), which support Colorado first responders who have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
Local firefighter pays it forward with cook-off event
The event is the brainchild of North Metro firefighter Mike Dawson, who wanted to do something to support first responders and their families facing difficult challenges.
“I’ve hosted a pig roast at my farm for several years for fellow firefighters and friends. When I started watching cook-off shows on TV, it gave me the idea to expand my small pig roast into a community-wide event and competition,” said Dawson. “Seeing all of the tragic events that have impacted first responders in recent years, I thought it would be great if we could do something bigger to help out, and that’s where the Red and Blue BBQ Cook-Off started.”
Dawson is no stranger to the support that comes from the first responder community. In 2008, he was diagnosed with cancer, a disease firefighters have a much higher chance of contracting than the average population. Dawson immediately felt the strength and support from his fellow firefighters and police officers as he began down the journey of cancer treatment. He eventually beat the disease and continues to serve as a firefighter and engineer for North Metro Fire.
For anyone wishing to participate in the Red and Blue BBQ Cook-Off as a competition team, sponsor or event attendee, information and online registration can be found at on the BBQ website.