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The History of big kahuna

In January 2001 Jeff Stumpf (aka The Big Kahuna) left the sketchy technology industry to start a whole new venture that he named Big Kahuna BBQ.


Jeff contracted the largest BBQ manufacturer in the world located in Houston, Texas to handcraft his monster 21 foot pit BBQ on wheels. Given the nickname, The Big K, it resembles a small locomotive!


Although the ultimate goal was to open a restaurant, Jeff decided to first take The Big K on a mobile adventure. The Sturgis Bike Rally 2001 was where they lifted the curtain – not a bad place to make a first appearance. However, due to record heat, poor location and the pre-purchase of 20,000 turkey legs the event was a disaster.


One week after Sturgis, 9/11 brought silence to the entire country. The Big Kahuna, like a lot of people across the nation, found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. He still had a stock pile of turkey legs left from Sturgis to sell. So, he went on the road again and introduced his slow cooked bbq meats to the attendees at local farmers’ markets and events.


Now, over four years later Big Kahuna BBQ has found a permanent home located in Golden, Colorado. To help accommodate his catering and special event efforts, Jeff has expanded his fleet with three smaller pit BBQs that now join the original Big K.


Big Kahuna BBQ has been recognized for their slow-cooked BBQ meats in the Denver Post (July 4, 2004). They are a frequent catering vendor for the Colorado Convention Center, as well as the annual Western Stock Show.




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