I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that Minors beef base. Sounds easy enough, little base, little water, dump in the slices. As for the pork I'm surprised all you use is hot water- but I'll try that out next time!
I was comparing my meat prices with those @ restaurant depot in Buffalo, and it looks like I'm overpaying by a bunch (2.99 AA brisket, 2.49 boston butt, 2.99-3.49 st louis ribs). I may drive down to Buffalo for my next event- I'll be sure to stop by for some bbq!