His business is wine and deli; his personal passion, however, also includes barbeque

DAVID F. ASHTON - Showing off some of his barbecued chicken is Gregg Fujino, owner of Woodstock Wine & Deli. Many people took time off during the Labor Day weekend – but not Gregg Fujino, owner of Woodstock Wine & Deli – the well-known barbeque enthusiast entered a regional barbecue competition.

Yes, whenever the weather is suitable, you'll see Fujino and his staff cooking up barbecue in front of their storefront on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

"In a way, that's like our summer-long 'warm up' for the annual competition, at which we compete – the 'BBQ Showdown at Juarez Canyon' in Oregon City, where 25 BBQ teams vie for the NW championship, and $3,500 in prize money," Fujino explained.

It's more than just cooking ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork, he told THE BEE; it also includes appetizers, side dishes, and desserts.

After adjusting recipes and tinkering with their sauce, the Fujino team felt that the "Woodstock Smokers" were ready again to win awards.

"We got a couple of perfect scores in appetizers and dessert; and we came in second place in brisket. We learned from this year's competition," Fujino said. "And there's always next year!"

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