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End of Summer 2017 Party

Shelly and I typically have one big ho down about once a year. So a few weeks ago we decided on a “Cook Your Own Pizza” party. Got everything around the house and yard all spic and span for the get together. I put up my three 10x10 popups and one 10x20. I pulled out every camp chair I own and half my coolers. One full of bottled water, one full of ICE for the Margarita machine (RTIC 20), one with 60lbs of backup ICE and my RTIC 65 with what beer I had on hand. Hoping it would be empty by the end of the night.   I have four Big Green Eggs, 1 Mini, 2 MiniMax and 1 Large. All loaded with fresh lump ready to go. I had the Shirley on deck and ready to light. This being my first cook on her we did not let everybody know we were planning to cook on it. So we went simple with some nice meaty baby backs fully rubbed with my favorite, It’s My Rub Power Blend, made by Kelley and Bruce Underwood. Picked up four Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage chubs and also a ring of Brisket sausage and a ring of 3 Pepper sausage for the Shirley.  Knowing full well the first cook must have Nakid Fatties!!    

It’s 10:30 am and the Shirley is lit, slowly cruising up to temp and waiting on clear smoke. She settles in at about 250 on the River Bend gauge. I got busy setting up and an hour or so went by. Anyway ribs are going on. Was adding a stick or two about every 40 minutes or so when I remembered to!!  So everything is now setup and ready to go.

It’s now 4:30 pm and a few of the 42 guests started to arrive, a bit late but here they came! Shelly manned the Margarita machine and was kicking them out pretty good rate. More guests showed up and now the party is on!  My fellow EggHead buddy William (Sancho65) and his wife Ella are the greatest! They jumped in and help all night long. He was manning the Eggs with me most of the night and Ella was Shelly’s right hand. We could not have done this without them. Thanks guys we sure do appreciate all that you do.

I figured we could cook 4-5 of the 9” at a time. So Shelly had the kitchen island setup with all the pizza fixn’s.  Two or three guests at a time would plate the dough on the pizza pan and build their own pizzas. Then bring them outside to cook on the Eggs. All four Eggs rolling at 500 degrees and average cook time was 7-8 minutes. Some of the later pies were loaded as high as they were wide. I think we were having a “To Many” Margarita problem. Never the less we got them done. We had 40 pizza doughs to start with and we were left with 5. So 35 done and delivered.

Now Miss Shirley (New Offset Cooker) delivered up some of the best ever tasting baby back ribs I have ever cooked. All who were able to grab a few bones were truly amazed at how tender and full of flavor they were. Everyone had said how great they were. Next off were the ring sausages from HEB. Both were outstanding but the 3 Pepper took the crowd as the best. And the finish was the Nakid Fatties. I bet I had to explain 25 times what a Nakid Fatties was. But they too were a big hit!

We had some great sides. My good neighbor Peggy from behind my back fence made an incredible Caesar Salad. It was gone before I got back into the kitchen. Another great neighbor Lisa had made a wonderful banana pudding cake.  It was amazing I’m told. Yep missed that one to.

The pool was set at 87 degrees and it ended up full of kids all night long. We finished up about 10:30 pm and said good night to the last guest. It was a lot of work but we had one hell of a good time with our good friends, family and neighbors. I believe they did also. I took a few pics and handed the phone to others to take a few when I got busy.

Please see pics below and thanks for looking!


























My Grand son! Just wanted to cheese it up a bit!








Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
BGE Chiminea
Prosper, TX
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  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 5,698
    Looks like a great time Hotch! Wish we lived closer. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,494
    What a bash.  I'm sure that a great time was had by all.   And that @sancho65 was a lot of help.  

    Not that I'll ever get to one of your parties.  @Jeremiah, I DO live closer and this is the first I've heard of this shindig.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,345
    Hard to beat clean smoke rolling through an offset. Everything looks great!
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    @Foghorn You are welcome at my home anytime!
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    WeberWho said:
    Hard to beat clean smoke rolling through an offset. Everything looks great!
    I was amazed at how easy the Shirley was to cook with. Truly one of the best.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,507
    Great times @Hotch, super cool.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,494
    Hotch said:
    @Foghorn You are welcome at my home anytime!
    I appreciate that - and it's mutual.  


    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • Looks like it was a great party.  Great way to end the summer. Ella and William are A1 people
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Looks like it was a great party.  Great way to end the summer. Ella and William are A1 people
    @Austin Egghead Thanks, was hoping you guys could make it!
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 5,677
    Now that is what a perfect time looks like.  Thanks for sharing @Hotch , very jealous looking at those pics.
    Steve 
    XL, Mini Max, and a 22" Blackstone in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Hotch said:
    Looks like it was a great party.  Great way to end the summer. Ella and William are A1 people
    @Austin Egghead Thanks, was hoping you guys could make it!
    Next year for sure!
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • Looks like a great time!

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

    South of Nashville, TN

  • LetsEatLetsEat Posts: 246
    What a great party!
    Rockford, IL LGBGE + Gaggenau EB388
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 3,564
    That's what we need more of in this world - people getting together to visit, break bread, and have a bit of fun. The cook looks fabulous. I really like the Shirley. I know you are enjoying cooking on it. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven.
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,506
    Nicely done all around! Quite the nice setup you have, I'm envious.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • Congrats on pulling off a very ambitious party. Sure looks like everyone had a blast.
    Stillwater, MN
  • We loved chatting with y'all on the phone and hearing all about it.  It sounds like it all went off without a hitch, and a great time was had by all.  The new Shirley certainly sounds like a winner, with all the goodies that were produced by "her".  William and Ella have been witnessed being team players so many times!  I'm sure they made a great difference in the success of your party. Wish we could have been there...but we were with you in spirit!

    Kelley 
    Egging with No Joke Smoke (Bruce), watching sunsets on the waterfront at Lake Buchanan, TX.  BGEs: XL, Medium,  2 MiniMaxes. 36" Blackstone.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,127
    That's a badass party you had, Hotch :)

    I want to live closer to you. I mean it. Especially since you have the Shirley now... :smiley:

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Looks like a great time! Very nice set up
  • StussStuss Posts: 75
    Im going out on a limb here and guessing this went down some place in Texas!?!?
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Stuss said:
    Im going out on a limb here and guessing this went down some place in Texas!?!?
    @Stuss Yes sir Prosper TX!!
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 2,101
    Looks like an awesome get together @Hotch!
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • Awesome looking time!!!
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    We had prepped for a week and when it all comes together it was just a great time. Nothing better than having your friends and family over for some great Q and pizza! And getting hang out together. We really enjoy doing this! And want to thank everyone for coming over.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,510
    Great write up Hotch.  Looks like a great time, and a well put together affair.
    Phoenix 
  • Wow. This is awesome. Man what a time. Great looking spot as well. 
    Huntsville, Al LBGE
  • Guess my invite got lost in the mail. 
  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 965
    Looks so awesome. You know to have fun. @Hotch you doing Jefferson, Tx eggfest?

    XLBGE, LBGE 

    Texarkana, TX

  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    six_egg said:
    Looks so awesome. You know to have fun. @Hotch you doing Jefferson, Tx eggfest?
    @six_egg No sir, we will not be at Jefferson. Was hoping that they would change their date and not be when the bike rally is going on.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,050
    @Hotch I have been traveling and been waiting for a few days to open this on the big screen as I had some challenges populating on the iPhone. Beautiful cooking vessel, home, yard and family / friends. 

    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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