Well, it was this weekend, my grandpas celebration of life. I posted about a week ago about using a drum ive never seen used. Well, this is the result.
Lawrence Derwood Patton
Born in Wingate, Texas 1/22/1934, Died in Sacto Ca on 1/29/2013 79 years old.Survived by Wife Nancy of 57 years, 3 Children, Susan , Larry and Richard, Grandsons, Adam, Troy and Trevor. Sisters Joyce, Betty, Brothers, J.S., Sonny, Darrel and Dennis. Korean War
Veteran USAF (1953-1957). Worked at Aerojet General, Rancho Cordova CA for 35 years as a Quality Control Rep. also for Sears and Roebuck, and JC Penny, in shoe sales for 25 years. Private services will be held. Celebration of life will be held at the family home, Saturday 2/23/2013,Noon on.
Well, it turned out good, and busy. We planned on 100 people. We had two, twelve pound briskets, 42 pounds of SL ribs, 25 brats and 20 pound ham. Ham and brats werent in the pic.
Trimmed the briskets and seasoned with salt pepper and some random stuff found in the kitchen. Ribs were rubbed with McCormick grill mates sweet and smoky rub (which was fantastic, btw)
Got up at 4 am to start the weber kettles, did a ring of fire with KBB and RO briq with oak and apricot chunks. A 10 inch CI pot in the middle, no water and threw the briskets on. Way way faster than i thought to cook, but it was a good thing, it let us cook all the ribs at the same time. No prep pics, for we prepped at midnight and i was tired. BUT, here is a finished pic. I was amazed at how well the kettle did it, especially for my first ever ring of fire and brisket all together. I could barely pic it up out of the alum tray without it falling apart. Nice smoke ring and all.
Next were the ribs, 12 racks of em.
put three in my smoker, and three in each kettle and the last six hanging in my gramps drum.
These also, all of them came out great, even though i had trouble with my gramps drum, we got it worked out and chugging along, it was its last cook, as the bottom of the barrel was rusted mostly through. Not bad for 30 years of cooking.
And the finished ribs, we actually had two of these trays filled, and four racks we hadnt even cut yet.
I enjoyed the cook alot, it was hectic, and running around from thing to thing, it was still fun, and all the happy faces eating and all the handshakes and compliments after the meal, was all i needed. The ribs didnt even need sauce on them, just the rub.
Thanks to all the BBQB out their that has helped me tune skills since i started my smoker to make this all happen.
Also, a picture from Thanksgiving.
Top center: Me. Middle Row LtR: My dad, My grandpa, my uncle, my brother. Bottom Row: my other brother