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When it comes to barbecue, Jessup's Richter is off the scale
When it comes to barbecue, Jessup's Richter is off the scale

After competing in his first barbecue contest 10 years ago, Mike Richter decided it was too much work. Then, after entering the next several years anyway, he "tended to over-participate in the enjoyment of adult beverages" while cooking and didn't produce anything remotely resembling a competitive entry, he says, chuckling at the memory. Camaraderie was then, and still is now, one of his top reasons for competing. But by 2008, after deciding to "get serious," a different story line began developing for the Jessup resident. Wanting to win so much he could taste it, literally and figuratively, ignited a fire that led last year to his entering 34 competitions and...

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