IT BEGINS Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata wanted to go to Burning Man but not, you know, go to Burning Man. And have great food. Hence, the annual Burning Beast, which features a dozen or so of Seattles best chefs and takes place at, and benefits, the great arts and education programs of beautiful Smoke Farm.
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  • IT BEGINS Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata wanted to go to Burning Man but not, you know, go to Burning Man. And have great food. Hence, the annual Burning Beast, which features a dozen or so of Seattle's best chefs cooking over open fires, and takes place at, and benefits, the great arts and education programs of beautiful Smoke Farm.

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EAT MORE MEAT This years lineup. Tickets sold out in record time, like five minutes; its rumored there might be a donor level next year, where those who have the cash to give will be guaranteed tickets.
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  • EAT MORE MEAT This year's lineup. Tickets sold out in record time, like five minutes.

BEFORE THE SLAUGHTER Just kidding! These are Smoke Farms beloved egg-makers... wed never eat them.
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  • BEFORE THE SLAUGHTER Just kidding! These are Smoke Farm's beloved egg-makers... they're safe. For now.

LAMB Thats Dana Tough (Spur, Tavern Law, etc.) at left.
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  • LAMB That's Dana Tough (Spur, Tavern Law, etc.) at right.

MORE LAMB Three more legs are roasting on the other side... quite a feat of genetic engineering. JK! Corfini Foods provided the extras.
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  • MORE LAMB Three more legs are roasting on the other side... quite a feat of genetic engineering. JK! Corfini Foods provided the extras. The whole lamb—and ram, and ewe—came from Arlington's Ninety Farms. "We got the whole family," Tamara Murphy said.

CHICKEN Destined to be Korean-gochujang-barbecue-style, being carried by Gary Payton.
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  • CHICKEN Destined to be made Korean-gochujang-barbecue-style by Charles Walpole of Blind Pig Bistro and Babirusa, being carried by Gary Payton.

STUFFING THE BEAST Thats beastmaker Arne Pihl in, um, the beasts behind. This deer looking backward was the biggest beast ever, at 32 feet, but Pihl cautions: Always trying to go bigger will kick you in the ass. He refers you to Italo Calvinos Invisible Cities for more insight.
  • STUFFING THE BEAST That's beastmaker Arne Pihl in, um, the beast's behind. This deer looking backward was the biggest beast ever, at 32 feet, but Pihl cautions: "Always trying to go bigger will kick you in the ass." He refers you to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities for more insight.

DYLAN GIORDAN OF BIN ON THE LAKE MADE THESE WITH RAM MEAT Im just playing with my balls, he said.
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  • DYLAN GIORDAN OF BIN ON THE LAKE MADE THESE WITH RAM MEAT "I'm just playing with my balls," he said.

THIS PERSON IS A REGULAR SLOG COMMENTER Of course! He said, I was a vegan for 13 years. Im better now.
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  • THIS PERSON IS A REGULAR SLOG COMMENTER Of course! He said, "I was a vegan for 13 years. I'm better now."

MATT LEWIS Of Where Ya At Matt and Restaurant Roux fame brushes sauce on his pig.
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  • MATT LEWIS Of Where Ya At Matt and Restaurant Roux fame brushes sauce on his pig.

A BAR IN A BARN It is the best kind of bar of all.
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  • A BAR IN A BARN It is the best kind of bar of all.

CHARLES WALPOLE Of Blind Pig Bistro and Babirusa versus those chickens that Gary Payton was carrying earlier. He is winning.
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  • CHARLES WALPOLE Of Blind Pig Bistro and Babirusa versus those chickens that Gary Payton was carrying earlier. He is winning.

SO MUCH DUCK SAUSAGE About to be smoked by Mike Easton of Il Corvo.
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  • SO MUCH DUCK SAUSAGE About to be smoked by Mike Easton of Il Corvo.

NICE SHIRT Hahaha.
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  • NICE SHIRT Hahaha.

TAMARA MURPHY In between her sardines, which were a tie for my personal best in show.
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  • TAMARA MURPHY In between her sardines, which tied for my personal best in show.

MILES JAMES Formerly of Dots (sad!), who made salmon a number of ways, including cured cured with English pea puree, mint, fennel, which was phenomenal—tied for best, to my mind.
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  • MILES JAMES Of recently closed Dot's (sad!), who made salmon a number of ways, including cured cured with English pea puree, mint, fennel, which was phenomenal—tied for best, to my mind. Wait—Josh Henderson's Indian-accented goat was also great. And Dylan Giordan's ram meatballs. Four-way tie!

BATHTUB GIN Made a carne asada 75.
  • BATHTUB GIN Made a carne asada 75.

THE BEAST In full swing, with blue smoke billowing everywhere.
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  • THE BEAST In full swing, with blue smoke billowing everywhere.

THE GUYS FROM GOAT MOUNTAIN PIZZA IN BELLINGHAM In an upset win, they took official Best of Beast by audience vote for their duck corn dogs.
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  • THE GUYS FROM GOAT MOUNTAIN PIZZA IN BELLINGHAM In an upset win, they took official Best of Beast by audience vote for their rabbit corn dogs. That's a cauldron of duck fat, I believe.

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END Burning to the sound of David Bowies Fame. Thats accelerant dripping out the bottom onto the grass.
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  • THE BEGINNING OF THE END Burning to the sound of David Bowie's "Fame." That's accelerant dripping out the bottom onto the grass.

THERE IT GOES Fire fire fire!
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  • THERE IT GOES Fire fire fire!

THATS ABOUT IT Until next year. Hey, go to the Symposium at Smoke Farm this weekend! Or the Lo Fi Arts Festival on September 6th and 7th!

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