Carolyn’s Cafe hosting first BBQ Night on Saturday

Carolyn's BBQ NightCarolyn’s Cafe in Redlands — usually only open until 2 p.m. — is hosting its first BBQ Night from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (October 18).

Tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches and plates will be available, plus your choice of ranchero beans, cole slaw or fries for sides.

And it wouldn’t be Carolyn’s without their famous coffee cake — or chocolate chip crumb cake, if you prefer — for dessert.

Carolyn’s is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave.

‘Restaurant: Impossible’ filming at Redlands’ Mill Creek Cattle Co. this week

Tomorrow (December 4) and Thursday (December 5), the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” show will be remodeling and filming at Redlands’ Mill Creek Cattle Co.

The producers are looking for volunteers (including contractors and skilled electricians and painters) to help with painting, crafting, cleaning and decorating both days.

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Roadhouse BBQ and Tap-Out in Rancho Mirage tomorrow

BabesRoadhouseBBQandTapOutBarbecue fans and beer lovers will want to head to Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage between 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow (September 28).

That’s because the brewery restaurant will be the site of a Roadhouse BBQ and Tap-Out event.

For $35 (or just $30 in advance), you can have five draft craft beers or five BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or you can have two draft craft beers and three BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or you can have one draft craft beer and four BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or, well…you get the idea. You get a selection of five items, your choice of brew or ‘cue.

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Pechanga BBQ Championship is Saturday

Pechanga BBQ ChapionshipAnother great Inland Empire food event landed in our inbox this morning: Pechanga’s second annual BBQ Championship is Saturday (June 22).

Dozens of ‘cuing teams from Washington, Utah, Arizona and all over California will be competing in the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

They’ll be hoping to take home their share of the $20,000 prize in this Kansas City Barbeque Society event, the largest in Southern California.

Admission is just $5, and kids 10 and younger are admitted free. Barbecue tastings and beverages are extra.

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Redlands Relay for Life fundraiser Wednesday night

Tomorrow night (October 17) brings an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser to Redlands.

The event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. at Famous Dave’s BBQ, 27500 W. Lugonia Ave.

When you present this flier when you dine during that time, up to 20% of your bill will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Alcoholic beverages, tip and tax are not included in that total.

Click here for more information.

Stockyard pairing up with Inland Empire Brewery for all-you-can-eat ribs tonight

Redlands’ Stockyard Barbecue and Steaks is pairing up with Inland Empire Brewing Company for a rib lover’s dream tonight (July 24) at the restaurant.

Just $20 buys you all-you-can-eat beef and pork ribs, plus three samples of Inland Empire brews.

A DJ will provide the soundtrack for the rib fest.

Interested? Just head to the Stockyard, 510 E. State St., beginning at 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Free Q at Temecula fresh & easy

OK, so it’s all the way down in Temecula, but it’s as close as it’s gonna get to San Bernardino County.

Grillmaster Bigmista will be sharing his grilling tips and serving up free barbecue samples from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (June 10) at the fresh & easy at 44060 Margarita Road (at De Portola Road).

In other summer food news, fresh & easy is currently having a summer side dish contest.

Submit your recipe (using only fresh & easy brand products, naturally) for the perfect summer side dish before September 9 and you could win the grand prize of: a new grill, a $500 fresh & easy gift card, and bragging rights when your side dish is sold in fresh & easy stores next summer.

Three finalists will win a new grill and a $100 fresh & easy gift card.

For more on what fresh & easy is grilling up for summer, click here. Click here for more information on the contest.

Iron Hog reopens

An email dropped in our inbox this week here at The Sun.

The “historical” (sic) Iron Hog Restaurant and Saloon has re-opened.

The structure was built in 1931 on Route 66 in Oro Grande.

It was featured in the movies Easy Rider, Poker Run and Erin Brockovitch.

Over the past 70-plus years, it has been (among other things), a biker bar, a strip club and a farm equipment sales office.

Now they’re serving up steaks and barbecue dinners. They have a vintage ladder fire truck and other memorabilia on display.

I’ve been past the building several times over the years and never really given it a second thought. It’s kind of off the beaten path, though it might make an interesting side trip on the way to Vegas.

Follow the jump to see how far off the beaten path they are.
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Calling all Daves…and Davids and Davys

Tomorrow (August 1) is Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s.

If your name is Dave, David or Davy, you’ll get a free entre worth up to $15.

If your middle name is one of those, you’ll get half off your entre, up to $7.50.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David, however, is out of luck, since the barbecue restaurant isn’t offering anything for last names.

Both Inland Empire Famous Dave’s locations (in Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands) are participating in the Dave’s Day promotion.

Click here for more information.