Lying with legends

March 18, 2014

Local barbecuer is immortalized on quilt

Throughout the ages, tribute to the greats have been immortalized in art of all genres — Abraham Lincoln has his 98-foot sculpture at the center of the Washington, D.C., memorial; Gilbert Stuart’s unfinished painting, the portrait “Athenaeum” of George Washington in the National Gallery of Art; and the godfathers of competition barbecue in a quilt.

The original of the latter was bought at auction for $800 at the 2013 National Barbecue Association trade show. But a copy of the quilt, featuring digitized images of 16 of the earliest and most honored barons of barbecue, can be found atop Bob Lyon’s bed.

Photos by David Hayes Bob Lyon, of Issaquah, stands over a quilt featuring his and other likenesses of barbecue legends. Atop his bed is the only place big enough to fully display the 71/2-by 6-foot quilt in his appartment in the Timber Ridge at Talus retirement community.

Photos by David Hayes
Atop Bob Lyon’s bed is the only place big enough to fully display the 71/2-by 6-foot quilt in his appartment in the Timber Ridge at Talus retirement community.

“It’s the only place big enough in our apartment to display it,” Lyon said.

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Local barbecuer lends recipes to new cookbook

May 28, 2013

Bob Lyon knows his barbecue. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, he was the leader of the competition barbecuing team the Beaver Casters, voted the road team of the ‘90s by National Barbecue News for all the titles it won.

When he hung up his apron and tongs from the competitive circuit, Lyon continued to write for NBN.

Contributed Bob Lyon (right), hangs out with the baron of barbecue Paul Kirk when both were on the competitive curcuit. Lyon recently lent three recipes to Kirk’s newest barbecuing book, ‘America’s Best BBQ Homestyle.’

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Bob Lyon (right), hangs out with the baron of barbecue Paul Kirk when both were on the competitive curcuit. Lyon recently lent three recipes to Kirk’s newest barbecuing book, ‘America’s Best BBQ Homestyle.’

So, the Talus resident never misses an opportunity to lend his voice to a publication of barbecue recipes. He even helped the Baron of Barbecue himself, Paul Kirk, write his Bible of barbecuing, “Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue.”

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