Monday, October 18, 2010
Pork Barrel BBQ and Pellet Envy team up to feed the troops
With no time to recover from catering a huge party at the American Royal and competing in back to back events, Sheri and I teamed up with Bret and Heath of Pork Barrel BBQ to fire up the smoker to feed 250 service men and women and their families at the newly remodeled USO facility on the Ft. Riley military base. In addition to a meal complete with brisket, ribs, all the sides and award winning Pork Barrel BBQ sauces, we presented the USO with a check for $6,072.21 to be used to create an outdoor patio area for the troops and their families to relax and socialize while grilling and smoking their favorite recipes from home. The money was raised from donations of barbecue people from around the country including Barbara Cochran, Pork Barrel BBQ's business partner and best known publicly for her appearance as one of the investors on the ABC hit television show Shark Tank.Kansas Senator Sam Brownback spearheaded this effort, contacting the USO and ultimately getting permission for us to make this event happen. Special thanks to Creekstone Farms for donating 300 lbs. of their fabulous Angus brisket, Reser's Fine Foods for providing 300 lbs of their amazing side dishes, including potato salad, macaroni salad and baked beans, the Kansas City Barbeque Society for donating 60 slabs of St. Louis cut spare ribs, Ole Hickory Pits for allowing us to utilize their monsterous trailer mounted EL-EDX rotisserie smoker which easily held everything we cooked, and Oklahoma Joe's BBQ/The Kansas City Barbecue Store and Horizon Smokers for donating a brand spanking' new Horizon Classic smoker for the new patio area of the newly remodeled USO Center on base. All of these companies were very generous and without them, this event would not have been possible. For everyone involved, this was a very rewarding experience. We enjoyed serving those that serve our country and look forward to the opportunity to do it again very soon.