ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- A local barbecue champion is asking for help from the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers after he said someone stole his prized meat smoker.
The one-of-a-kind smoker disappeared from its storage yard in Henderson on Sunday. It is 5 feet wide and shiny silver. It was sitting on a silver trailer with red rails on the sides.
Owner Ryan Grob is a champion BBQ master. He travels the country competing in barbecue competitions for a living. Grob built the smoker from scratch 23 years ago with his father and brother.
“We spent night after night after night cutting and welding and shaping,” he said.
He retired the homemade smoker about five years ago after winning hundreds of awards with it. At that point, he restored it to be kept as a family heirloom.
“We insulated it and wrapped it in this $5,000 worth of stainless steel and just made it look like a jewel,” Grob said.
Sunday morning, though, he discovered it was missing. Grob said he filed a report with the Brighton Police Department. He believes someone stole it to sell as scrap metal.
The smoker is worth about $10,000. In sentimental value, though, Grob says it is worth a lot more.
“It means a ton,” he said through tears. “I’d like to pass it down to my son.”
He posted photos of it on his Facebook page, which have been shared more than 1,700 times. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-800-444-3776.AlertMe