How much do you know about your pitmaster? For the second time in a year, serious and disturbing allegations have been leveled at local pitmaster.
And this new allegation is even more disturbing than Darren "Botto" Bottinelli stealing millions of dollars to fund a lavish life of golf, cocaine and fancy dinners at the world's finest restaurants.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Office arrested 48-year-old John David Bowe on October 25 in Pomona, Calif.
Bowe—who was known as the "BBQ Guy" at Hoodland Thriftway in Welches and for his line of Smokey Bowe's Rub—had been under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year old girl on October 16. He now faces a laundry list of charges that include one count of rape, seven counts of sodomy and two counts of sex abuse.
The sheriff says Bowe has been a convicted sex offender since 2002.
Sadly, we missed that when we extolled the virtues of his operation at the Thriftway in Welches in our first Hood Life magazine.
“In front of a decrepit Thriftway grocery store in Welches, Ore., sits an industrial Weber grill waiting to be lit. It’s an eyesore from the road, but look for the smoke. That’s barbecued ribs and brown-sugar-marinated pulled pork that are hickory smoked and served on paper saucers to townsfolk and passers-by,” we wrote at the time.
Reached by phone, a Thriftway representative explained that Bowe was just a vendor and that his product was removed after they became aware of the allegations.