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Congressional Record

WASHINGTON, TUESDAY, January 29th, 2013

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Mr. BEGICH. Madam President, there is nothing like a good meal in a favorite restaurant to make your day. When I travel to Fairbanks, the second largest city in my home State, I often go to Big Daddy's BarB-Q owned by Harold Groetsema.

There are many good barbeque establishments in Alaska. Barbeque has long been a part of our Nation's culinary history. Few people know that our own Library of Congress holds dozens of old drawings, posters and prints depicting barbecued meats at picnics, high society events, fairs and the like. The Library of Congress has barbeque recipes, stories, cookbooks and books on the history of barbeque. Its collection is large because it is a popular subject whether you like your sauce sweet, spicy or vinegar sour.

It would be hard to pick an absolute favorite of mine back home. I like them all. Big Daddy's southern-style barbeque is consistently top quality. Big Daddy's has won competitions in Alaska, done well nationally and was featured on a Food Network TV show. Maybe it's the secret sauce. Maybe it's the meat. Maybe it's the way he slow cooks over a hickory fire.

Harold and his team are heading to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis later this year. With his skills and dedication, I wouldn't be surprised if they return with a high ranking. I wish Harold and his team well and I know they will make Alaska proud.


Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives: A North Pole Christmas

On Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, host Guy Fieri, goes whole hog at Big Daddy's BarB-Q in Fairbanks, AK, where they're serving up world class pulled pork, brisket, ribs & a huge selection of bbq burgers.

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Guy Fieri has a passion for visiting America's most interesting and unique restaurants on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. We're guessing that would make us either "interesting" or "unique". Maybe both!

Big Daddy's BarB-Q was part of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Christmas Special. Can't tell you how much fun that was to shoot. We had to shut down the restaurant for the filming but it was certainly an honor to be featured on the Food Network.

By the way, Guy Fieri told Big Daddy that he plans to bring his family to Alaska on summer vacation. Big Daddy's will be one of their points of destination.

Watch for several of Guy's favorite dishes as specials on our menu. If you ever have a chance to order Guy's absolute favorite, the brine smoked turkey, do so. It is awesome. Big Daddy's smokers are turned on 24/7 around Thanksgiving time, but we also cook up a few birds for our dine in customers during the year. Your waitress will let you know when it is available.

Pulled Pork Award

Big Daddy's BarB-Q takes Top Honors at 2008 Alaska State BBQ Championship

Receiving the award from governor Sarah Palin

By Christi Hang, Fairbanks News Miner
Published Sunday, July 27, 2008

FAIRBANKS — Ask any of the 15 teams at the Alaska State Barbecue Championship what success tastes like and they would give 15 different answers.

Big Daddy's smokers are stoked and cookin'If barbecuers don’t say they are the best, they’re not worth talking to, said Harold Groetsema, owner of Big Daddy’s BBQ and one of the competitors.

But these competitors don’t just throw some hot dogs and a couple of steaks on the grill. Many of them started their smokers a day before the judging.

Most teams were camped out at Pioneer Park the night before the judging, watching their smokers and making sure they treated their meat right. Groetsema, named the “Barbecue King of Alaska” by the state Legislature in 2006, already had his brisket in the smoker and was having a taste test to see what chicken recipe should be submitted.

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