Michael moved his family from Dubai to Crested Butte, eager to share his love for wood-fired cooking, using local orchard wood, creating a distinct flavor to Colorado.
Starting with a pepper based rub mixed with many bold spices that enhances the flavor of the meat and creating that dark bark on the skin. His barbecue sauce is also a unique combination of pepper, sweet, and vinegar that only compliments the meat not to masque the wonderful aroma and flavor of the smoke.
Michael is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier Vermont.
‘Chef of the Party’
Damon Goldman is a well seasoned chef with a very diverse culinary background and Alabama roots. Previously Damon was the executive chef at Eco Caterers in San Diego and contestant on Cutthroat Kitchen.
When Damon isn’t in Crested Butte he is tasting his way around Southeast Asia.
Butcher/ Pit Boss
Jeff Graceffa is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute (Montpelier 93’).
His career has taken him from his home town of Cambridge Massachusetts to, Vermont, Utah, Colorado ,New York, British Colombia, Alaska….
He’s traveled to over 30 countries and have used those experiences to influence his cooking greatly.
While recovering from motorcycle injuries a few years back Jeff developed a passion for smoking and butchering meat. He fell in love with the pace, technique and tradition that goes into quality BBQ.
Jeff is proud to be part of the Hogwood CB Team! ‘I hope you enjoy Hogwood BBQ as much as I do!