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Hardscrabble Day

It's that time of year again. Time for the fall leaves, cool weather and BBQ! Come out to visit us at Hardscrabble Day in the Heart of Red Hook NY. Or check us out at the new Equine Equine Equine Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Both Events are on September 19th from 10 am to 7pm. Hardscrabble is Red Hooks annual town festival with street wide yard sales, awesome entertainment, and of course great food! This year High Country Que would like to show their support for our Uniformed Police officers by inviting them to come and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on us!  Hope to see everyone there, and looking forward to meeting everyone!

Private tasting tomorrow for Jacob & Steph!

Sunday is a tasting day for us here at HCQ! On the menu for tomorrow will be....


  • Shrimp Cargot
  • Bourbon Meatball
  • Pulled Pork on Sweet Potato Chip w/slaw
  • Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom
  • Roast Asparagus Crostini    


  • Pulled Pork Slider
  • St. Louis Ribs
  • Smoked Chicken Thighs
  • BBQ Roasted Salmon
  • Mama's Mac & Cheese
  • Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes
  • Parmesan Zucchini & Corn
  • Arugula Salad w/ Honey Lemon Dressing 

And I may just sneak in a dessert!!!! We are looking forward to meeting you guys!!

Kim & Konstantin Wedding

It was a beautiful day for a wedding at Montgomery Place! Kim & Konstantin said their vows over looking the Hudson River in  wonderful ceremony.  Dinner and dancing ensued all night. Toasts were had and swords flew for this magical day! 


Beer, Bourbon& Bacon Fest

We were so excited to be a part of this festival this year and can not wait until next years!!! We were tasked with making at least one item on the menu with bacon. So we made our Cheesy mac with bourbon glazed bacon which flew out the door. We also made some bourbon meatball sliders with bacon. We had our great friend join us for the day and he was making chocolate covered bacon sticks. Man were they good! It was a blast! Thanks to my team for the long hours and hard work!! A couple of you were over nighters with Joe and I and I know you were feeling it! Thank you to Jon Newcomer for lending his hands and countless other things that day! Sure happy you were there!

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Center for Spectrum Services Country Hoe Down

We had a beautiful day and a beautiful setting for an awesome fundraising event. The Schatzel family can sure thrown a hoe down like no other! The had Sean Landeta there from the Giants signing autographs. That was an awesome addition to the day! We look forward to next years event!!

Rhinebeck Aerodrome Fundraiser

Fundraising at the aerodrome is always a fun time! Getting to see the old planes and read the rich history is some of my favorites of this day! Seeing the progress each fundraiser provides this gem of the Hudson Valley is very uplifting for us to be a part of. Can't wait for the next one.

I have not posted in a while

Man it have been quite the bbq season! I have not posted to this blog in quite some time. My apologies!!! I will spend some time uploading pics from events starting way back in May during this week and next. Keeps your eyes out for them, they have all been fantasti


Rhinebeck Aerodrome Fundraiser May 24th

On May 24th High Country Que will be over to the Aerodrome for another fundraiser! 

We will be serving up some Pulled Pork, Chicken Thighs, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw & Cornbread!

This flyer will be available at Apple Blossom Day at our booth! Come on by, grab one and enjoy a nice evening surrounded by some history!

Tasting Menu for Beth & Jay

I don't know about Jay & Beth but this Saturday can't come fast enough! I believe the last tasting we did was in December. It's like having an itch that ya can't scratch when you can't do what you love! This weekends menu was designed to satisfy both parties as Beth is a vegetarian and Jay still loves the caveman ways!!


  • Apple Jack Meatballs
  • BBQ Balsamic Meatball
  • Pepper & Corn Pie
  • Shrimpcargot
  • Grilled Corn & Crema Crostini
  • Tropical Cheese Toasts
  • Chicken & Waffles with Spicy Honey                                     


  • Pulled Pork Slider
  • Smoked Chicken
  • St. Louis Ribs
  • BBQ Roasted Salmon 
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Rosemary New Potatoes
  • Corn Cob Coins with Lime Cilantro Butter
  • Lime Scented Quinoa Stir Fry 

Tasting this Saturday!

High Country Que will be hosting a couple this weekend for a Wedding Tasting. Their going to be married at Croton on the Hudson. It's been almost a year since I married Joe there. I would be thrilled to cater this wedding! Can't wait to meet Beth and her fiance` Jay!!

Need a Taste?

Are you planning your wedding during these cold months? Thinking about BBQ for your event?

We hold tastings once a month. Give us a call and set your time!

Erika & Dan's Wedding Day

October 5th was a beautiful day for a wedding! The weather was perfect and the setting was gorgeous! Erika & Dan chose  Mount Gulian for there event and it could not be more perfect.

For there menu the beautiful couple chose to start with a couple of passed crostini's and a cheese and cracker station. Erika's mother also brought some chicken & beef empanadas and nice little tea sandwiches to add to the cheese station. Rounded the table out nicely. For dinner the couple chose to have it served Family Style. Each table had platters of Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken Breast, Mac & Cheese & of course our signature salad. It was a nice change to serve this way.

Erika's decor was outstanding! From the flag runners made of maps to the beautiful owl vases that held simple but impressive paper flowers. The mini white pumpkins on the sage green napkins finished the gorgeous family china! 

This was a beautiful way to end our season! (even if we did get soaked and full of mud at clean up) It was a fun event with the best crew!

Here's a little note I received from the mother of the bride.


You were absolutely fabulous! Thank you for dealing with Durants a the last minute. Your staff was wonderfull, very accomodating and attentive. So many of the guests told me how much they loved the food. They raved about the pull pork , chicken mac n cheesse and your salad ..delicious. Your guidance for the whole process was great help to me. I couldn't have asked for more! Thank you for helping to make Erika n Dan wedding a success! The happy mother of the bride~~~~ Luz M Caze"

Hardscrabble Day

It's that time of year again! The leaves start changing, the nights get cooler and the thoughts of pumpkins and turkeys swirl in our heads! 

Summer is not over yet! We have time for one or two more flings! Hardscrabble Day will be on September 21st. We will be out there all night smoking up some Fresh Genuine Q and have it ready for ya by 10am! 

Tell us what you would like to see new from us this year!

  • Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
  • Pulled Pork Nachos
  • Chopped Brisket Sandwich

Sleep on it!  Talk about it!  Vote on it! 

Leave your answers on our Facebook Page or Hardscrabble Events page

~Lovely August~

Well it is August again! The time of year when things slow down a bit for us here at HCQ. We are gearing up for Hardscrabble day though. This year it will be held on September 21st 10:00am to 7:00pm. Street wide yard sales, Local business's out there showing you their stuff and of course the food!

The on September 28th High Country Que will be in Hyde Park off Pine St at Hackett Hill for their annual Fall Festival. 

We are looking forward to both events this year! Come check us out, we got some new things on the burner!

June 16th Tasting

On Fathers Day we will be holding a tasting for Luz Cazunue for herself and 3 others. There wedding is scheduled for October 5th of this year! We're excited to be meeting everyone this weekend. Wonder what I'm gonna serve this time!

June 8th ~ Nancy & Andy

We spent this weekend in a beautiful old Dairy barn perched on a mountainside in the Catskills. We had to hike the equipment up there a couple days early because of the rainy weather we have been having around here. What a day this was. 

Nancy and Andy had there 4 beautiful boys walk them down the isle, and the pre walk huddle was pretty emotional for those of us who saw. 

Wishing Nancy, Andy and the boys a beautiful life!

June 1st 2013~ Our own Wedding Weekend

There are a few moments in life that you will remember forever. June 1st is one of those moments I will remember forever. It is the day I married the other half of my soul! Joe and I have been together for 19 years. We have 4 great kids together and have built ourselves a pretty great life! When he's not out there mowing lawns he's helping me with the BBQ catering, which he loves. Me and lawns, not so much! 

The entire weekend was a magical weekend filled with the best family and friends. Everyone pulled together, worked real hard, got a little crazy and made the day wonderful! I love you all, Thank you all for everything you did for us!

Joyelle & Peter May 25th 2013

Joyelle & Peter were married on May 25th at a cute little church here in Clermont. There reception was held at New Yorks first public school. Gorgeous, historic little place. Joyelle's mother, Desiree did a fantastic job decorating for her beautiful daughters special day. 

Cooking that day was quite the challenge. We had a spring noreaster come up the coast and the wind blew with force. I was stirring with one hand and holding the tent (with 3 other people mind you) with the other. It can only be described as Forces Of Nature! In the end it tured out to be a beautiful evening!