Chuck Wagon Cook-off brings sense of camaraderie

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Chuck Wagon Cook-off brings sense of camaraderie

Six teams compete at La Plata County Fairgrounds
Sherry Hobson with Montoya Cattle Company slices potatoes for a dish of Dutch Oven Potatoes on Saturday during the 14th annual La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association Chuck Wagon Cook-off as part of Durango Fiesta Days. Hobson's team placed first in the meat, bread and dessert categories.
Shirley Hibbard, aka "Mom," prepares Mom's Rolls as part of the Rafter 76 team from Golden. Hibbard traveled from Missouri to see her son, Monte, compete in the cook-off. "Seeing Monte cooking with his chuck wagon was on my bucket list," she said.
Bacon and potatoes sizzle in a skillet for Green Chili Bacon Taters, prepared by the Canyon Trails Ranch team. The group won most-authentic wagon at the competition.
Laurilou Reed of the Durango Cowboy Church prepares Buttermilk Sage Scalloped Potatoes during the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association Chuck Wagon Cook-off.
Mia Rupani/Durango Herald

Canyon Trails Ranch's Bill Vicary chops onions Saturday morning during the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Two out-of-towners and four Four Corners locals gathered to cook an authentic Old West dinner during Durango Fiesta Days.
Montoya
Dutch Oven Campfire Cobbler

This recipe is a favorite of Davin Montoya of Montoya Cattle Co. He said it is easy for chefs inexperienced with Dutch oven cooking. This recipe was not one of the ones cooked in this year's cook-off. Montoya's current winning recipes are tightly-held secrets.Ingredients:2 cans cinnamon apple pie filling1 box white or yellow cake mix½ cup (1 stick) butter2 cups waterMethod:Line 12 inch Dutch oven with foil or spray with oil or butter. Empty pie filling into Dutch oven. Empty cake mix on top of pie filling and spread evenly. Add water and dot with butter. Do not mix. Place Dutch oven on 10 coals. Place 20 coals on lid. Bake for one hour. Every time you check the doneness, rotate the lid for uniform cooking.

Variations: Any type pie filling will work. Cherry filling with chocolate cake makes a good combination. If you use canned peaches, drain some of the juice first (about half). Add raspberry Jello to fruit and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Chuck Wagon Cook-off brings sense of camaraderie

Sherry Hobson with Montoya Cattle Company slices potatoes for a dish of Dutch Oven Potatoes on Saturday during the 14th annual La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association Chuck Wagon Cook-off as part of Durango Fiesta Days. Hobson's team placed first in the meat, bread and dessert categories.
Shirley Hibbard, aka "Mom," prepares Mom's Rolls as part of the Rafter 76 team from Golden. Hibbard traveled from Missouri to see her son, Monte, compete in the cook-off. "Seeing Monte cooking with his chuck wagon was on my bucket list," she said.
Bacon and potatoes sizzle in a skillet for Green Chili Bacon Taters, prepared by the Canyon Trails Ranch team. The group won most-authentic wagon at the competition.
Laurilou Reed of the Durango Cowboy Church prepares Buttermilk Sage Scalloped Potatoes during the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association Chuck Wagon Cook-off.
Mia Rupani/Durango Herald

Canyon Trails Ranch's Bill Vicary chops onions Saturday morning during the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Two out-of-towners and four Four Corners locals gathered to cook an authentic Old West dinner during Durango Fiesta Days.
Montoya
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