In addition to her restaurant, Xiomara has a viable catering business and you’ll find her at parties and local events. She’s excited about being a part of this year’s Murrieta Rod Run. Her Caribbean Jerk Sauce with Intensi-Fire heat enhancer won the TV show. You can buy it at the restaurant or online. It comes in a two pack with the sauce and enhancer. She says it’s a challenge to try to get everything made in the U.S. She doesn’t know where purveyors are buying their bottles and boxes, but she’s doing her best to keep it local. She loves to enter barbeque competitions, but says it’s hard to compete with those who do it all the time and cook with gourmet cuts of Wagyu beef. When you taste her barbeque at the Pechanga Championship, you’ll be tasting what you’d get at her restaurant.
I asked what sets her apart and she answered that she’s female and solo. There are a lot of male competitors whose wives or girlfriends help with the physical work, but not too many women out on their own. The Pechanga Barbeque Festival is a nationwide competition held under the auspices of KCBS, the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Competitors enter all four different categories: brisket, chicken, ribs and pork. I asked her what style of barbeque she cooks and she told me that there actually is a California style, known as West Coast Offense. It’s a combination of Kansas City style and others using various rubs and spices that originated in California. Sylvie loves Pechanga, calling it a very nice venue that takes good care of its guests.
The Pechanga Pro Barbeque Championship will take place Saturday June 21st from 10am – 5pm. For tickets or more information, visit www.Pechanga.com or call (877) 711-2946. If you’re looking to purchase a grill, I found this article answers virtually any questions you might have.
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