TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Welded Elephant Barbecue returns
By Bill Tiedje
Don't be surprised if you detect the scent of delicious barbecue wafting up from Ridgway's Trail Town this summer.
In coming weeks, Adrian Musgrove will officially open the Welded Elephant Barbecue Shack at a new location in Trail Town across from the distillery.
"I had a good ride the last 10 years as a chef," remarked Musgrove, who continues to work at the Angler Inn in Placerville. "But my passion is barbecuing."
From entertainment moguls Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman to former president George H. W. Bush, Musgrove has had his share of memorable customers in his years in the fine dining industry.
This experience will undoubtedly come in handy as Musgrove debuts his world-style barbecue options, including Texas brisket, Carolina pork, Jamaican chicken, Kansas- and Louisiana-style ribs, southern slaw and southwest potato wedges.
Originating in Norwood in 2006, Welded Elephant Barbecue started as a food cart, which also operated in Ridgway four years ago.
"You can get anywhere from a sandwich to a family platter," remarked Musgrove. "Catering is available."
Plenty of patience and preparation are necessary in making good barbecue, according to Musgrove, as briskets can take as long as 18 hours to smoke.
Smoking with apple wood daily, Welded Elephant Barbecue Shack will be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Inside, the barbecue shack has a cozy, rustic feel, and Musgrove hopes it will be a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere.
With ample parking and highway access, he also hopes to attract commuters and passing truckers who have many miles to go before reaching another barbecue shack like this one.
By serving a fast, good value meal, Musgrove wants to make Trail Town a meeting place for both locals and tourists.
To contact Welded Elephant Barbecue Shack, call 970-626-4404.