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By Dee Bryson
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My Favorite Recipes: Meet Shawn Burt


January 10, 2019

Shawn Burt

Shawn Burt of Colfax

Shawn Burt grew up in Clarkston where he graduated from Clarkston High School with the class of 1992. After graduation, Shawn moved to Spokane for a short time before returning back home to Clarkston where he began working for a company called BNI Computers. It was during this time that he met his wife, Janni. In 1996, the couple were married and in 1997 they moved to Colfax when Shawn was offered a job with the Bank of Whitman where he continued to work until 2011.

In 2011, Shawn took the leap to go into business for himself in the computer industry. Currently, Shawn, along with his brother, have a company that focuses on automation and customization of accounting software, called VelocIT Business Solutions.

Shawn and Janni are the proud parents of five children. They have four sons, Jayden, Corbin, Alton, and Aslan and a daughter, Zoe. All of the children have been born and raised in Colfax. The Burts are often found throughout the town volunteering their time as their children have participated in multiple activities over the years including the musical at Colfax High School, jazz band, FBLA, robotics, soccer and t-ball among other things.

Shawn appreciates the community that Colfax offers for raising a family and can't imagine ever leaving while having children still at home. He likes the fact that the kids can take off on their bikes and ride to the park or pool or anywhere throughout town and feel that they are safe.

Shawn recollects his parents concerns when he decided to pursue a career in computers after high school. His parents weren't sure that it would be a steady and reliable industry so Shawn took that to heart and decided to have a backup plan. He had a passion for cooking, so he decided that if the computer industry was a flop he would pursue becoming a chef.

The computer industry has proven to be a steady and reliable career indeed, but Shawn still has a passion for cooking and can often be found helping and cooking for various events. Aside from cooking, Shawn has been involved in the community in a number of ways. In the recent past, he participated in the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Colfax Downtown Association. He stays busy running his company now, but still enjoys setting up the sound system for the parades as well as the midnight swims. He says it gives him a good excuse to crank the music up loud and enjoy it. He advises those who are new to the community "don't be afraid to jump in and find a way to get involved in the community whether it is with the PTO, the Chamber of Commerce, City Council or sports. Just find a way to get involved and contribute because there are always needs."


Sweet Pork

Shawn enjoys serving this to his family, as well as large crowds.

Recipe adapted from lecremedelacrumb.com

Step 1

2 pounds pork (rib meat or loin)

3/4 cup Coca-Cola

1/4 cup brown sugar

Step 2

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon onion salt

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Step 3

3/4 cup Coca-Cola

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 4-ounce can diced, green chiles

10 ounces mild, red enchilada sauce

Step 1: Place pork in a zip lock bag. Add Coke and brown sugar, then seal the bag. Chill at least one hour or overnight.

Step 2: Add pork to slow cooker and discard marinade. Add Coke, water, garlic salt, onion salt and chili powder. Cover and cook on high for three hours. Drain slow cooker and shred pork with two forks.

Step 3: Blend Coke, brown sugar, chili powder, green chilis and enchilada sauce together in blender. Pour sauce into slow cooker. Cook for 30 additional minutes.

Serve over rice, salad, in a tortilla, as a sandwich, taco, wrap or any way that you can imagine.


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