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Smokin’ on the Water serves up smokin’ barbecue and fun

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POLSON — The fragrance of cooking pork, chicken and beef was enough to draw a crowd of hungry visitors to the seventh annual Smokin’ on the Water barbecue contest on Aug. 1 on the north end of the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino.

A rock climbing wall jutted into the air alongside games for kids right on the shore of Flathead Lake on a sunny Saturday.

The event included a local beer tour. 

The word must have gotten out, because the six teams of barbecue cooks who signed up had a constant flow of people all day — locals and tourists, according to Amber Pacheco-Holm, Polson Chamber of Commerce director. 

Two teams had to drop out — one due a family death and one because someone stole their equipment, but the event went on.

Max Nash, Hog Boss Catering, has a grill/smoker that can cook two whole pigs. 

Nash started his business about five years ago. 

“My mom is a great cook,” Nash said, and he learned many things from her. 

“First I rented a cooker,” Nash said, when he first started Hog Boss Catering because people were always asking him to cook for them. 

Then he bought a rotisserie and he’s moved up to the bigger smoker. He’s such a fan of barbecue, he even raises his own pigs to barbecue. Nash also pulled down the award for people’s choice grand champion.

“Smokin’ on the Water was a smaller event than last year, but it was a success, and we are very happy with the turnout,” said Pacheco-Holm. 

2015 Smokin’ on the Water winners were:

Sauce — 1st Payne West HOG; 2nd PorkNStein

Chicken —1st Payne West HOG; 2nd Hog Boss

Pork —1st Hog Boss; 2nd Payne West HOG

Beef — 1st Hog Boss; 2nd PorkNStein

Open — 1st Hog Boss; 2nd PorkNStein

People’s Choice Grand Champion — Hog Boss

Hot dog eating contest – Andrew Bigcrane, second consecutive win

Payne West Pit Boss — Rob Turner

Hog Boss Pit Boss — Max Nash

PorkNStein Pit Boss — Jeremy Holm

Mission Valley Ice Arena Pit Boss  Dave McDaniel

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