It's so big he has to pull it behind his truck. Over the years he's put on many barbecues, parties, and even weddings. In 2003, he had the opportunity to participate in serving 10,000+ marines and their families at "Operation BBQ: For Our Troops" at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base.
Over Mother's Day weekend, the youth and leaders from our church held a fundraiser where smoked pork loin roasts and beef tri-tip roasts were sold. (Total sold: 270!!!) Many families in our Stake purchased the roasts and were served for their Mother's Day dinners. The money earned went towards a summer camp our kids will be attending in Utah.
And where were the roasts smoked? In front of our house!
Let me show you how it was done...and I'll even share some of my DH's secrets with you!
First they set up tables on the sidewalk in the front of the house. (our neighbors have seen sidewalk food preparation before...they're kinda used to it.) Youth leaders worked in an "assembly-line" order and first took the meat out of the boxes and cut them up into "roast-sizes." My DH is overseeing the whole process, as you can see from the picture below. Next, others took the meat (pork loin and tri-tip) and rubbed yellow mustard all over it. Of course, they wore gloves. And everyone needed an apron. They all made sure they wore their "grubbies" too. It was a messy job! Did I get my hands messy too? No, because I was the "official photographer." And besides, I had to keep running back in the house to quilt! This lady (below) looks like she's wiping ointment on a baby's bottom. It's pretty much the same technique! Next they sprinkled each roast with seasoning. The beef tri-tip roasts got a good rub of McCormick's Barbecue Seasoning. The pork loin roasts were rubbed with Bad Byron's Butt Rub. (seriously, that's what it's called!) Here are the roasts in the barbecue, all ready to be smoked. I think my DH added some ribs in there too. Yummy! This is great example (below) of my DH multi-tasking! Checking the roasts and talking on his cell. Notice the bottles of cooking oil and apple juice? Keep reading and you'll see what that's for. Below you see him spraying the roasts as they are smoked, with a mixture of a small amount of cooking oil with apple juice. It gives the meat such a great flavor.