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KELO's It's Your Business Takes Listeners To Barbeque Boot Camp


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – When Barbeque Boot Camp comes to your town, it's time for the legions of backyard cooks to listen up and pay attention. The members of South Dakota State University (SDSU) Barbeque Boot Camp came by KELO and put the staff of 'It's Your Business' through their paces.

 “Barbeque Boot Camp started about ten years ago; it's a South Dakota program and we still go with it,” said Keith Underwood, SDSU Meat Specialist and Assistant Animal Science Professor. Our goal is to educate people on meat safety, cooking preparation and consumer selection.”

 Underwood said the Barbeque Boot Camp travels around the state from Rapid City to Sioux Falls. We answer a lot of questions about barbeque cooking, smoking meat, spices and rubs.

 “There really isn't any one best way to barbeque,” said Underwood. You can prepare a great meal using charcoal, wood and propane. A person can take a 40-dollar grill or a thousand dollar unit and prepare some awesome meals.”

 Barbeque Boot Camp member Christina Fehrman is a Junior in the SDSU Animal science program. “I have learned a lot through this program such as how to use a meat thermometer. I never was a 'grill master' but I think I can hold my own.”

 “You can't have a successful barbeque without fresh vegetables,” said Sam Heikes, Production Agronomist SDSU (Ret). “Buy fresh, buy local, if you buy frozen, you lose value in your food.”

 Heikis now grows fresh vegetables on the Heikes Family Farm. He like many farmers sells fresh grown vegetables on the farm and at the Pomegranate Market.

 “Fresh vegetables are so sweet, they taste like they are sugared,” said Heikis. “When you are serving a fresh cut of meat with fresh vegetables, it doesn't get better than that.”

The SDSU Boot Camp and Sam Heikis were interviewed on It's Your AgriBusness hosted by Bill Zortman, June 25, 2013.

 * It's your Agri Business is one of ten hours of Business Broadcasting each week from 9 – 11 AM Monday through Friday. The show airs Monday from 10 – 11 AM and Skypes with experts from Igrow.org studios in Brookings, S.D.. 

 * Sioux Falls mayor Mike Huether appreciates the show saying, “Any time you can tell the Ag story, it is a great South Dakota Commentary.”