First Northern Navajo Fair cook-off satisfies judges

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

SHIPROCK, Oct. 9, 2014

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(Times photo — Shondiin Silversmith)

TOP: Fat and Tasty BBQ cook Derrick Keeswood unwraps a rack of ribs as he prepares it for the smoker. Keeswood and his brother JR entered the cook-off held during the Shiprock Fair to test their barbequing skills. They won three of the four categories.

BOTTOM: Navajo Technical University student Lynch Jim from Shiprock places his stuffed barbecue chicken with bacon wrap on plates for the judges during the tasting portion of the Shiprock Fair cook-off. (Times photo – Shondiin Silversmith)

The Northern Navajo Fair is known for its ongoing traditions in events like the Yei Bi Chei and parade but there is hope for a new tradition with a tasty setting.

The first Northern Navajo Fair cook-off took place on Oct. 3 with a head-to-head competition between Hogback, N.M., natives JR and Derrick Keeswood and Shiprock’s Lynch Jim.

These cooking pioneers faced off in four different categories: stew, roast mutton, barbecue and dessert.

Coordinator Frank Smith said he wanted to host a cook-off just to add something new to the fair.

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