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Tim Olson stands in front of his competitive cooking trailer recently at Spitfire Bar and Grill in West Fargo. Tyler Shoberg / West Fargo Pioneer

Home-grown BBQ maestro

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Tim Olson's journey to culinary enlightenment began with the search for barbecue.

"Not sloppy Joes," he said. "Real barbecue."


At his home in south Fargo, that search was tough to come by. A native of Lisbon, N.D. and an NDSU alum, Olson yearned for the fall-off-the-bone deliciousness he'd become accustomed to after living for a spell in Texas and Oklahoma; the heart of barbecue country.

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