Are your ribs up to the challenge? |

Are your ribs up to the challenge?

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Steve Higgs is offering a delicious new event for this year’s Burning Mountain Festival, to be held Saturday, July 18th. It’s called Burning Mountain Days Rib Challenge, and the event is for local backyard barbecuers as well as local restaurateurs.

“I wanted competitive people to have some fun and try to win the cash prize,” said Higgs. “Also to attract more folks to the Burning Mountain Festival.”

This is the first year Higgs is offering a rib contest, but if the event is a hit, it could become an annual event. Let’s hope so.

Higgs doesn’t have any secrets to his delectable ribs, he just uses good rubs and cooks them low and slow. He did place 16th out of 58 teams at the Port and Hops competition in Grand Junction last year.

Why baby back ribs? Higgs decided on a baby back rib competition because he thought they would cook the fastest, making it easier for people with smaller grills to compete.

The competition will be based on the Kansas City Barbecue Society rules.

Higgs can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 379-7076.

Higgs invites everyone to the competition. “All you local folks, bring it on if you think you have what it takes!”

Patti’s Main Street Coffee House is moving right next door to its original location in beautiful downtown New Castle. The coffee house will be in the bigger location July 14th, just in time for Burning Mountain Festival.

Patti’s is also open on Thursday nights during the farmers market which is held in Burning Mountain Park.

Patti can be reached at 984-9115. Good luck on your new location, Patti!

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with local news and inspirations, please e-mail

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