True to their barbecuing lifestyle, David and Melinda Harrington, of Melba, celebrated 28 years of marriage with custom-made applewood rings and an expansion of their BBQ catering business.

David Harrington has been smoking meat for years. He picked up Texas barbecuing techniques while spending time there. David Harrington has also done Hawaiian-style barbecuing, and he has smoked whole hogs in the backyard.

About two years ago, David Harrington and his wife Melinda started their home catering business, Owyhee BBQ, catering in Melba and around Idaho.

Now, the Harringtons are expanding their BBQ business into a newly constructed building in Melba, on the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway Avenue. The Harringtons plan to open the doors of Owyhee BBQ sometime after Aug. 10, hopefully around mid to late August. For more information, visit

Planned hours are Friday for dinner and weekends for lunch and dinner. The Harringtons will also continue catering events throughout Idaho, and a few other states.

The restaurant will feature a stage, outdoor seating for about 100 people, about 60 indoor seating spots and locally crafted tables. Garage door-like windows will face the streets. The building will have a garage bay for the smoker and trailer.

Local decoration comes from pieces of Melba’s history found on the site of the future restaurant. People have found Pepsi and other bottles, spark plugs and horseshoes, from when that spot was the horseshoe throwing spot. An original Melba High School chalkboard, from Mr. Nelson’s class, will also be displayed. David Harrington received that as a gift this year from the Volker family.

Texas ribs and Hawaiian Kalua pork are his favorite foods to barbecue. The restaurant spot will also have an open pit for Santa Fe style grilling. Both Harringtons enjoy eating Texas brisket and Hawaiian teriyaki steaks.

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When asked if there is any type of barbecuing he doesn’t do, David Harrington chuckled and said no propane or pellets.

“If it ain’t wood,” he said, “it ain’t good.”

The idea for the restaurant, Melinda Harrington said, came from hearing they could do their barbecuing out of their garage.

“Then we decided to expand on that,” she said with a chuckle.

The Harringtons are known in Melba for more than their BBQ. At a reduced price or no-cost, they have catered many community fundraising events, such as for the school district’s new weight room and the Reyes family.

In return, the community has also shown its support to Owyhee BBQ. Melinda Harrington said she and David especially want to thank the Volkers and the Viettis for their help.

“We’ve gotten a lot of awesome support from the community,” Melinda Harrington said. “People are excited for it.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or

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