The inside scoop from a judge at the chuck wagon cook-off

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The inside scoop from a judge at the chuck wagon cook-off

Rodney Carriker shovels charcoals onto his Dutch oven cookers on Saturday, making sourdough rolls for the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen Chuckwagon Cook-Off. Crowds gather every year for an authentic, late-nineteenth century meal.
The Durango Cowboy Church crew keeps an authentic pot of coffee going over a campfire.
Cody Batchelor prepares to stir a pot Saturday in the Durango Cowboy Church camp.
Rodney and Kristie Carriker’s sourdough rolls are just starting to brown Saturday toward the conclusion of cooking time.
About 400 people attended Saturday’s annual chuckwagon cook-off, served under the cottonwood trees at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Fifteen local volunteers gather to judge meat, beans, potatoes, bread and dessert at Saturday’s chuckwagon cook-off hosted by the La-Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen Association.
La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen Chuckwagon Cook-Off results

Most authentic wagon: Rodney and Kristie Carriker, Canyon Trails Ranch.
Best meat: first place, Poverty Flats; second, Montoya Cattle Company; third, Canyon Trails Ranch.
Best beans: first place, Montoya Cattle; second, Mountain Trails Ranch; third, Poverty Flats.
Best potatoes: first place, Mountain Trails; second, Canyon Trails; third, Durango Cowboy Church.
Best bread: first place, Montoya Cattle; second, Mountain Trails; third, Canyon Trails.
Best dessert: First place, Poverty Flats; second, Durango Cowboy Church; third, Canyon Trails.
The belt buckle awarded for best overall food went to the Montoya Cattle Company. Second place in overall food was awarded to Canyon Trails, while Poverty Flats took third.

The inside scoop from a judge at the chuck wagon cook-off

Rodney Carriker shovels charcoals onto his Dutch oven cookers on Saturday, making sourdough rolls for the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen Chuckwagon Cook-Off. Crowds gather every year for an authentic, late-nineteenth century meal.
The Durango Cowboy Church crew keeps an authentic pot of coffee going over a campfire.
Cody Batchelor prepares to stir a pot Saturday in the Durango Cowboy Church camp.
Rodney and Kristie Carriker’s sourdough rolls are just starting to brown Saturday toward the conclusion of cooking time.
About 400 people attended Saturday’s annual chuckwagon cook-off, served under the cottonwood trees at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Fifteen local volunteers gather to judge meat, beans, potatoes, bread and dessert at Saturday’s chuckwagon cook-off hosted by the La-Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen Association.
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