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#SVBBQFEST: Get involved in the largest amateur BBQ contest on the West Coast

You can achieve BBQ glory by signing up now to compete in the largest amateur barbecue contest on the West Coast, the Spring Valley Tailgate and BBQ Festival. The 10th annual Spring Valley Tailgate and BBQ Festival takes place on Oct. 27, 2019 in front of Cali Comfort BBQ, 8910 Troy St., in Spring Valley,…

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Where to Watch Football near San Diego: Cali Comfort BBQ is a Sports Bar Built for the NFL Family

NFL fever has kicked off for another season at Cali Comfort BBQ, a home for football fans who want to watch NFL games near San Diego. It’s always a watch party at Cali BBQ because the experience is optimized for fans by fans. NFL Week 3 Schedule NFL Week 3 has lots of great games…

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Turf and Surf BBQ Champions crowned at KCBS-sanctioned #BETonBBQ

With more than $15,000 in prizes and 35 teams competing, it was no easy task to become Grand Champion of the 2019 #BETonBBQ Turf and Surf BBQ Championship. Known for a gorgeous setting and a storied history — just like its iconic founder Bing Crosby — the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosts one of the…

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Excitement is Brewing for Unlimited BBQ and Seafood at #BETonBBQ in Del Mar

Get tickets now for the Turf and Surf BBQ tasting event on Aug. 18 at Del Mar Racing near San Diego With the excitement of the annual Turf and Surf BBQ Championship weekend building, event organizers made sure to pay a visit to their friends in the media to talk all about the unlimited food…

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KCBS Announces New CEO Hire on The BBQ Central Show

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) announced their new CEO hire on The BBQ Central Show. “The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Barbeque Society is pleased to announce Emily Detwiler as Chief Executive Officer,” the KCBS wrote on their Facebook page. The BBQ Central Show Breaks News The BBQ Central Show is a…

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‘Turf and Surf’ at Del Mar: The Ultimate Barbecue Tasting Event on the West Coast

Eat unlimited BBQ samples made by top chefs and pitmasters at the 4th Annual Turf & Surf BBQ State Championship on Aug. 18 in Del Mar. You can get a firsthand taste of the West Coast BBQ Movement when the exciting #BETonBBQ Turf and Surf event kicks off in beautiful Del Mar, California on Aug.…

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Comic-Con Food: Where to Eat in San Diego

You’re bound to build up a huge appetite when attending Comic-Con International in San Diego. To help you in your quest to dine on some great local cuisine in between panels and screenings, here is a Behind the Smoke-approved guide on where to eat in San Diego and the surrounding area during Comic-Con. There are…

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VIDEO: Tips and Tricks for Beginning Pitmasters

Get a crash course on BBQ and grilling tips for beginners by learning from Cali Comfort BBQ’s latest appearance on San Diego television. Cali Comfort BBQ and friends shared BBQ and grilling tips on San Diego television news just after the July 4, 2019, holiday, a time when many are wanting to fire up their…

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Recipe: Spicy Chicken Wings by GrillGirl Robyn

Just reading the words Chipotle Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings is enough to make your mouth burn in hunger. Indulge your spicy palette at your July 4 BBQ (or anytime!) by cooking these party pleasing grilled buffalo chicken wings by Robyn Lindars of Buffalo Chicken Wings are already known to have a high heat level.…

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Father’s Day: Supporting My Son On His Own Sports Path

Tennis was in my DNA, but it wasn’t my destiny. My grandparents loved tennis and since they were the ones who raised me, they decided I would love tennis too. I would often watch my Bulgarian grandfather and Japanese grandmother play doubles together. When I was seven I remember wishing I could run onto the…

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Behind the Smoke Media is becoming CaliBBQ.Media

Stay Tuned for an exciting new direction for Behind the Smoke Media as we rebrand to CaliBBQ.Media and create all sorts of new educational and entertaining content about "Digital Hospitality" at our new online home

#100: Our Podcast Journey – Behind The Smoke

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Derek Marso & Shawn Walchef – Behind The Smoke – San Diego, CA Subscribe on YouTube Summary Episode #100 – The Final Episode of Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories It is with great sadness for us to announce that this will be the final Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories podcast in its current…

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Behind the Smoke Podcast Archive

#100: Our Podcast Journey – Behind The Smoke

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 04/12/2019

#099: For The Love of Radio and Baseball – Steven Woods

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 04/05/2019

#098: Using Facebook to Grow Your Business – El Pollo Grill

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 03/22/2019

#097: Franchising Your Business Model – Tap Truck

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 03/15/2019

#096: The Michael Jordan of Cheesesteaks – Al Calozzi

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 03/08/2019

#095: The Business of Quality Craft Beer – TapCraft

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 03/01/2019

#094: Dive Bar Renaissance Man – Chad Cline

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 02/22/2019

#093: Fishermen Casting a Wide Social Network – BD Outdoors

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 02/15/2019

#092: Overcoming the Addiction to Alcohol – Brian Hess

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 02/08/2019

#091: Delivering Necessary News as an Anchor & Weather Reporter – Heather Myers

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 02/01/2019

#090: Authentic Mexican Craft Beer in Barrio Logan – Border X Brewing

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 01/25/2019

#089: Diving in to ABC’s Shark Tank – Angel Shave Club

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 01/18/2019

#088: A Family’s Pursuit of Hoppiness – Alpine Beer Co

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 01/11/2019

#087: 2018 Memorable Moments

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 01/04/2019

#086: San Diego’s Next Great Brewery Experience – My Yard Live

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 12/28/2018

#085: Discussing Radio, Podcasting, Lifestyle, and Mental Health with Chris Cantore – YEW

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 12/21/2018

#084: A Foodie For Thought – The Promiscuous Fork

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 12/14/2018

#083: The Family Fight Business – Tiger Smalls Boxing

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 12/07/2018

#082: Introducing San Diego’s Alliance of American Football Team – AAF Fleet

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 11/30/2018

#081: How Profitable is a Successful Restaurant? – Restaurant Solutions, Inc

By Bryan Abou Chacra | 11/23/2018
Behind The Smoke was dedicated to revealing the truths in business and digital marketing. Over the course of 100 podcast episodes, hosts and business owners Shawn Walchef of Cali Comfort BBQ and Derek Marso of Valley Farm Market took listeners "Behind the Smoke" to share stories of BBQ, business, media, and marketing — raw and untrimmed.
From restaurant lawsuits, to failed menu development execution, to how community-based events can help scale your food business, the podcast brought you into the world of hospitality entrepreneurship.
You won’t hear anything like this in your BBQ Business 101 class.
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Listening to Shawn and Derek has inspired me to pay more attention to the growing BBQ industry. Their podcasts are really simple with detail. They break down each component so the podcast is easy to understand. As a BBQ enthusiast, I have learned so much more from these guys than anyone else..."

-Dutch BBQ 


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- Beaches N Peaches