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JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, Tucson, Arizona Opens "Competition-Style" Barbeque Restaurant with Executive Chef Chris Brown at the Pit

Tucson, Ariz. (1/12/09) – JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa’s Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar is set to debut this January. The menu will feature competition-style barbeque, with specialty sauces and rubs made in-house. Starr Pass’ Executive Chef Chris Brown, an award-winning barbeque pit master, has carefully crafted the menu to include a delicious selection of smoked meats and Southwestern specialties.

Competition-style barbeque is famous in the Midwestern and Southern states, where huge barbeque competitions, or cook-offs, bring out the best chefs across the country. Competitors are judged on a variety of criteria. Having been a contender in such competitions, Executive Chef Chris Brown and Catalina’s five other certified barbeque judges have developed recipes that deliver the best barbeque in Tucson.

The Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar menu includes a delicious selection of appetizers, soups and salads, barbeque specialties, chef-crafted sandwiches, sides and desserts. The fresh, all natural meats are prepared at least one day ahead by introducing flavors and seasoning into large cuts. After 24 hours has passed, the meats are smoked in-house for 12 hours using a special blend of mesquite, oak and pecan woods. During the smoking process, Catalina’s own whiskey blend is added to ensure the meat is tender, juicy and downright delicious.

Featured menu items include a pulled-pork barbeque tostada, smoked Harris Ranch brisket, smoked sausage, baby back ribs, bourbon-creamed corn, and much more. Patrons have a choice of three sauces to accompany their barbeque items, including sweet, spicy and thin vinegar. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Remember to let Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar do the cooking for your next party or get together. All barbeque meats and sides are available for take out by the pound. Call ahead to order!

For more information on Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar, please visit

About JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Named on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels Top 500 List two years running (2008, 2009), Starr Pass draws on the beauty of its mountainous location. The resort incorporates the natural desert as its landscape design theme. With 575 spacious guestrooms, 88,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, five restaurants, a 20,000 sq. ft. spa, four separate pools, a lazy river and water slide, the Audubon Certified Arnold Palmer Signature golf facility consisting of 27 holes and practice facilities, and 888 underground and covered parking spaces, the resort boasts of being not only the largest resort in southern Arizona, but also the only true eco-resort in Tucson. This eco theme extends to its Primo restaurant that serves only organic and jet fresh fish, its Hashani Spa which uses natural desert plant oils, and its direct access to the Tucson Mountain Park for fabulous hiking and mountain biking trails. To quote Bill Marriott, “you can build all types of amenities but it would be impossible to duplicate what Starr Pass has, the Tucson Mountain Park.” The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located at 3800 W. Starr Pass and can be reached directly by calling (520) 792-3500. Please visit

Kaitlin Najewicz
Karen Gavender


Also See: Matt Brody of JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Begins Third Term on MPI Board of Directors / August 2009

Alex Ahluwalia Appointed General Manager and Matt Brody as Director of Sales and Marketing at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona / June 2007

Marriott Opens the 575 room JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, First New Resort in Tucson in 18 Years / January 2005

Marriott Named as Operator of New 250-room Golf Destination Resort on Island of Fiji / December 2003

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