For the second year in a row I volunteered to smoke the pork butts & ribs for Pig-a-Palooza. This is the big fund raiser for Jacob’s Ladder, an organization that provides scholarships to school children in our area to enable them pariticpate in music & band programs.
We planned to cook 20 pork butts and 25 sides of ribs. Ribs we served in 4-5 bone portions and we served nice big pulled pork sandwiches. Additionally, we had a large grill to cook hamburgers & hotdogs on.
Friday night, I headed to the park at 10:30pm. I had the cooker lit by 11:00 and we began rubbing the pork butts shortly after midnight. We put half of the pork butts on at 1:00am, and the other half went on at 3:00am. I managed to rack out for a couple of hours around 4:00am, but when you’re sleeping outside and it’s 90 degree weather you don’t sleep much.
We began pulling the membranes and trimming the baby back ribs at 9:30am. We staggered the start times of 27 sides of ribs. This allowed us to keep a steady stream of fresh ribs coming off the cooker throughout the afternoon.
There were lots of activities for the kids, music, and silent & oral auction items. We had a great turnout despite a heat index of well over 100 degrees.
By the end of the day, we sold all of the BBQ that we had prepared. I had great help from my friends and neighbors. I can’t thank them enough for volunteering to help prepare and serve the food. As I write this, I’m still pretty tired from working more than 20 hrs straight. But I’m sure that I’ll be ready to do it again next year.
Here’s a link to a few more photos from Pig-a-Palooza 2011