Cooking Up Oil Country Good Will

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The smell of barbecue fills the air in Westhope tonight – thanks to workers from oil companies doing business in North Dakota.

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For the 9th summer, the North Dakota Petroleum Council is holding its Bakken Cookfests as a way to say thanks to the communities and people who support the oil industry.

Various companies cook up some delicious barbecue – from chicken to ribs to brisket, there are hundreds of pounds of meat on the menu.

The event includes some brief instructional talks to explain the state’s oil industry to local people.

But the highlight is the food – and the competition among the companies to be named the best.

(Tessa Sandstrom, ND Petroleum Council) “We have 200 pounds of brisket cooking right now.”

(Ed Ridl, Halliburton) “Here in North Dakota, beef is always popular.”

(Tessa Sandstrom, ND Petroleum Council) “120 pounds of chicken.”

(Tyler Frank, Wyoming Casing Service) “The secret is low and slow – and don’t dry ’em out.”

(Tessa Sandstrom, ND Petroleum Council)”100 racks of ribs going.”

(Nick Holman, Murex)  “We use a sweet and spicy rub on them.”

“Are they good Grace?”

(Grace Holman, Assistant) “Yes they’re really good.”

(Tessa Sandstrom, ND Petroleum Council) “It’ll be interesting.”

(Ty Engstrom, Westhope) “It’s actually fun to see this thing take shape and see the people filter in throughout the day. It’s fun to see this many people coming through Westhope.”

If you missed out on the tasty barbeque in Westhope, you can still get in on the good eating – the second and final Cookfest of the year is this Thursday in Medora.

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