With more and more good barbecue joints opening in and around Denver, claims that the Front Range barbecue scene is awful are growing weak. But if you still can't find the ribs, brisket or pulled pork that you long for, making your own is always an option. And if you're good enough, you can turn those hard hours of manning the smoker into awards and national recognition. That's what local competitive pit master Jason Ganahl is doing as he prepares to head to this weekend's American Royal World Series of Barbecue -- the country's largest barbecue competition -- in Kansas City.
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