Tuesday, June 17, 2014

True Texas Barbecue

Today I want to share with you the adventure of a true Texas Barbeque!  Jerry and I are members of a group known as the "P-Team".  We organize a float for local parades and sponsor scholarships for seniors from our local congregation.  The designation actually stands for Picnics, Parties, and Parades, as we also organize the annual picnic at Lady Bird Park.  The first picture is of the pork roasts cooking in the massive bins you see in the second picture.  And finally, the last picture is of the towers of burning wood.  The BBQ specialists keep really hot fires going in those towers, scoop out the hot coals from cutouts in the bottom with very long-handled scoops, and transport them to the bins under the roasts.  In another area, others are cooking the BBQ sauce to be served with the meat.  I have to say I've never seen such a production!  In the kitchen we had large white buckets of potato salad.  And one specialist was cooking the Texas beans that are definitely not like the beans I was used to eating in Illinois.  Our chefs cooked up nearly 460 pounds of pork, and we served people through the drive through area and inside for those who were looking for the air conditioning.

What fun to work with such a great group of people.  The chefs started the fires at around 3:30 in the morning, and we actually started serving at 11:00 AM.  A second shift of people started cutting up the meat around 10:30, while those of us in the kitchen set up the assembly line for the meals inside and outside.  Prior to our event we had collected a number of prizes for our raffle (6 chances for $10) or $15 for a 1/100 chance for a Yeti Cooler.  We finished cleaning up around 3 PM....a long day, but very rewarding, and the food was to die for! Here's a recipe for Texas Barbecue Sauce.  Texas Barbecue is a must when you visit us in Texas.  How good are you with the BBQ?
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