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West Coast BBQ

Derek Marso and Shawn Walchef have made a commitment to growing awareness of the barbecue industry on the West Coast as well as creating opportunities for backyard barbecue enthusiasts to follow their entrepreneurial dream. 

On Sunday, August 19th, 2018, Behind The Smoke Media will organize the 3rd Annual Del Mar BBQ State Championship in partnership with  Arlie Bragg, the "Don King" of BBQ. This Kansas City Barbecue Society professional barbecue contest will take place at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club over the Pacific Classic Horse Racing Weekend and draw over 50,000 to the races and the event to #BETonBBQ. 

On a Sunday to be determined in October, Shawn and Derek will also organize the 9th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival which has become the largest annual amatuer bbq and tailgating contest in California. 

Both of these marquee bbq events are hosted to benefit local non profit youth organizations like Organizations In Training as bbq has taught us that giving back is the mission critical to our "Why". 

We hope to see you at these events and if you have any information on other events that Behind The Smoke Media can help to promote and bring awareness to then please contact us. 


Shawn Walchef & Derek Marso