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This post may induce the meat sweats (pic heavy)

smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
edited 12:33PM in EggHead Forum
So i don't even know why people put "pic heavy" in their titles but everybody else does it and I don't have issues with conforming. Is it to tell people there's a bunch of pics in the post so they'll read it, or is it to warn people that don't like pics that they should skip over it? whatever.

i know, i know, it's not that big a cook compared to what the big boys do on here, but it's the biggest solo cook I have ever done. and considering that less than 3 yrs ago i was having my wife do all the grilling on a rusty gas grill we got years ago as a wedding present, i thought it was post worthy.

The husband of one of our close friends at church died after a long battle with various illnesses exactly one year ago. Being the huge bbq fan that he was, his wife asked if I would cook for an impromptu family reunion that she had planned for the first anniversary of his death. I had never cooked for more than 8-10 before and was a little nervous but I love this family and wouldn't have thought of turning it down. (Tom was also a huge Auburn fan. Thankfully I wasn't asked to deliver the meat in orange/blue.) So here goes:

40 lbs of pork going on the large the night before:

took the butts off sometime saturday morning for a rest and put 50 or so chicken thighs on the large and medium.


quick pic of my "help". wife and jack (neighbor and friend that I have cooked in a couple bbq comps with)

pulled the chicken, dunked in a glaze (just some thinned bbq sauce and stuff) and back on for a few minutes

the chaos of pulling all of the butts with time expiring proved too much for the little guy:

here are the only finished pics that I have (stolen from Dana's facebook page)



  • Austin SmokerAustin Smoker Posts: 1,467
    My guess is the "pic heavy" warning comes from the days of less than wide bandwidth, but just a guess.

    You're a good man charlie brown! Love reading stories about people using their eggs to serve others like you have....and yes, I'm sweating meat! :laugh: Chicken looks AMAZING! The little guy on the couch looks like he got his fill.
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    ahhh that makes sense!
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Looks like you were busy Graham & with great results, how many people did you feed?
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    Thanks Beli! I think the final count was somewhere in the 40-50 range.
  • Looks like a great cook... And I am sure your friend is looking down on it all smiling!

    Best of luck!
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    What a wonderful gesture
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,734
    Graham very good looking cook.
    Question: Could you have got a third level on the large for the chicken or just to much to change around?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Nice work!!!

    This is what egging is about, cooking and sharing with family and friends. Amazing amount of BBQ! You can consider yourself an egghead Pro from here on out. The pressure and hard work involved was considerable.
    Congrats on a terrific job! :cheer:
    Great pic of the little guy, by the way. :laugh:
  • That looks awesome. The food looks great. You are a very good friend.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,437
    I bet you made lots of folks happy ;) nice job
  • uglydoguglydog Posts: 256
    That's a cook to be proud of, and for a very noble event. I'm sure the guests enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed the pics. Like most of these eggheads, you have a fine looking family; it's just not right to wear out your help that way.

  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    Wonderful cook, sometimes it's more than just about bbq. You did good! t ACGP, Inc.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Nice job Graham!! Way to help out a friend. Looks really good!
    Colorado Springs
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    "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."
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    LBGE, MBGE, SBGE , MiniBGE and a Mini Mini BGE
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    You know I've never tried it before. I think I had maxed out my dome space since I couldn't even keep the dome thermo out of the butts on the top rack. I am sure some of the engineers on here could have figured something out. I was kind of excited to get them both going at the same time!
  • Looks great. Very nice thing to do. But you really should have delivered in orange and blue!!

    War Eagle!!!!
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    Thanks Jerry! He had a lifetime of smoking experience compared to my scant bbq acumen. I was flattered to be asked to cook for them.
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    Thanks Clay! Yeah my son was wiped out. He got up with me early to get the chicken on. Said he needed to "rest his eyes"!
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    Haha! "Help" is a relative term I guess. Maybe "moral support" is more appropriate B)
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    Thanks Molly!
  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    Very funny. There are very few people in this world for which I would wear those colors. These folks, however, are among them.
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    I am getting hot flashes just looking at that stuff :P
  • ranger rayranger ray Posts: 812
    i too am curious about the "pic heavy" thing.... must be a geezer thing when people still had dial up and it would take hours for the pics to up load.... just my guess.... thanks for addressing an issue that i was always curious about...( it still dont know the oh nice pics!.... thanks!
  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Congrats Graham. One of your fellow eggheads has nominated you for Eggdome's highest award, The Bubba Tim Carnivore Meat Dish Award. I could not agree more.
    So without futher delay, it is my pleasure to award you:


    Please send me an email with your mailing address and one pic from this post and I can mail out you BTCMD award pin or I can pin it on you at the Sunshine State Eggfest. :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit for BRISKET HELP
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