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#002: Tales from a KCBS BBQ Legend – Gene Goycochea

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Gene Goycochea (@GGoycochea) from KCBS BBQ and Cali Comfort BBQ



2001 Article on CBBQA Out of the World:

2011 Article on Gene and Cali Comfort BBQ:

2013 Article on Gene and Cali Comfort BBQ:

BBQ Industry Article with Tri-Tip “tips” from Gene:

Ole Hickory Pits:

Weber Grills:

Del Mar BBQ Championship:

Man Meat BBQ Podcast with Shawn:

Scott and BR Show April 28, Hour 2:


– Shawn’s tweet that caused fans in San Diego to go buck wild:

– Dave and Jeff’s Podcast in response to people’s backlash against Shawn and Cali Comfort BBQ:

– Shawn and Gene first met in 2009 when Gene was retired

– Gene tells us about his journey as a BBQ competitor, judge, and his BBQ roles at Cali Comfort BBQ

– Differences between competition-style BBQ and restaurant-style BBQ

– How Gene helped Shawn change Cali Comfort into a well-known BBQ spot

– Ole Hickory Smokers delivering quality BBQ

– Consistency is key for restaurant-style BBQ

– Gene Goycochea competed in BBQ and is now a teacher of BBQ classes

– 30 Years ago “There was no good BBQ in California”

– Gene learned the most from BBQ competitions and brought his knowledge to Cali Comfort BBQ

– What happens when you get the “BBQ Bug” 

– Gene and “Rattlesnake Roundups” at his first BBQ contest

– First Ole Hickory bought in 2002 and stuck in a 50 ft. trailer

– The intimidation factors of KCBS BBQ contests

– Knowing how to cook for VOLUME in People’s Choice

– People’s Choice BBQ started in 1998 in San Diego with Gene Goycochea

– Cali Comfort BBQ new partnerships with San Diego Gulls at Valley View Casino Center

– BBQ pits at Cali Comfort BBQ run almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

– How Cali Comfort BBQ and Valley Farm Market ruined people’s Thanksgiving with over 100 birds and two Ole Hickory Pits running

– Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ with 18 Ole Hickory Pits

– Pappy’s Smokehouse St. Louis BBQ with 25 Ole Hickory Pits

– Try Grande Ole BBQ in San Diego

– John Bracamonte in Hillcrest Brazen BBQ

– Jet West Band (jingle in intro)

– Tim Hurley Band

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About the author, Shawn Walchef

Cali Sports Entertainment Entrepreneur, Tailgating BBQ Event Specialist, Owner @CaliComfortBBQ, Behind The Smoke Podcast Host

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