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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cabela's Six Annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off, Mitchell, South Dakota

Story by Cassandra Swanson

Mitchell, SD – Saturday, August 20, 2011, Cabela’s hosted its’ 6th Annual Dutch Oven Cook Off.  Eleven adult teams and six youth teams attended despite early morning rains and created  fifteen main courses and fifteen desserts. 

The skies cleared by 10 am and our local and professional judges had a great time seeing all the unusual recipes cooked in Dutch ovens.  Hundreds of Cabela shoppers enjoyed these amazing Dutch oven dishes, and it was a lot of fun for everyone adding the Kid’s event this year.  Also new this year, Cabela’s had the public choose a “Friendliest Camp “ – taking home this great prize was Luinea Caldwell and Regina Geringer…Cabela's is known for hosting great events and offering wonderful prizes - as well as a good sale during their annual Fall Expo Weekend.
Cabela’s also sponsored the ‘main course secret meat and spice – this year, it was ‘something fowl’  that turned out to be chicken breasts!  Taking home the prizes were: 


1st – Jason Gebhard and Dave Johnson of Mitchell, SD  - better known as the “Bacon Brothers” with their Jambalaya;
2nd – Lefty Olson of Papillion, Nebraska and 'Chuck' of Wisconsin’s Jack Daniels Fried Chicken
3rd – Wes Stigen of Iola, Wisconsin’s Enchilada Suisa
4th – Luinea Caldwell and Regina Geringer of Brandon, SD  - Chicken Marsala
5th – Clell Swanson of Canton, SD  - Crispy Chicken Nuggets and Taters


1st – Jim Johnsen of Wessington, SD – Old Fashion Peach Cobbler
2nd  - Adam Johnsen of Sioux Falls, SD – Black Forest Cake
3rd – Luinea Caldwell and Regina Geringer, Brandon, SD – Chocolate Turtle Cheese Cake
4th – Clell Swanson of Canton, SD – Pecan Pie Muffin Cake
5th – Lefty Olson of Papillion, Nebraska and 'Chuck' of Wisconsin’s Jalapeno Cheesecake with Raspberry Pepper Sauce.


1st – Jack – Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
2nd – Levi and Ethan – Apple Dump Cake


1st – Nathan and Matthew – Bacon Chicken Dumplings
2nd – Caleb and Ellie – Cheesy Hashbrown Bacon Egg Bake
3rd – CJ – Gravy Smothered Pork Chops
4th – Allison – Lamb and Veggies

The Dutch oven cooks will be back October 15-16 for the Annual Pheasant Opener Weekend, so be sure to come out and sample the delicious food and take advantage of the great season opener sales.  If you would like more Dutch oven info, see the International Dutch Oven Society Website at, or check out Dakota Dutchers on FACEBOOK who meet regularly in Sioux Falls.  Your next chance to experience a Dutch oven cook off will be in Sioux Falls, SD on September 10th at Nybergs ACE.

Cabela's, is the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, was born somewhat inadvertently in 1961. Today, they lead the way to outdoor gear throughout the United States.

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