Published: June 25, 2011
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During the 19th Annual Safeway Barbecue Battle here in Washington D.C. we got a chance to “meat up” with Green Mountain Coffee. You might be asking yourself the same question I first asked myself, what is Green Mountain Coffee and barbecuing have anything to do with each other? Well, after some research and some googling, we found out that Green Mountain Coffee is sponsored a barbecue competition team named “Flatlander BBQ.” Here is some background about these guys:
Derek, who moved to Vermont from Rhode Island by way of Massachusetts several years ago, lovingly dubbed his team “Flatlander BBQ”, playing off the word that Vermonters tend to call folks from outside of the Green Mountain state. Technically, the Flatlander team consists of Derek and his wife Meghan, but for this weekend’s event, the team will temporarily expand to Extra Bold levels to include Kristen from Public Relations, Chris from Brew Over Ice, and Tyler and Roger from the Green Mountain Coffee team. Together we’re competing in all four competition categories – chicken, beef, pork ribs, and pork shoulder (for pulled pork). We are also entering the “America’s Best Sauce Contest” to really put it over the top. Flatlander’s BBQ utilizes the special rubs and recipes that Derek concocted … oh, and did I mention that all of their entries featured Green Mountain bagged coffee and/or tea from Brew Over Ice K-Cup® portion packs? And in addition, they used green coffee beans in the smokers, hopefully imparting the winning essence for all their entries.
Here is the interview that I did with Pitmaster Derek:
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