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    Spinaker I have a hat going to Craigar. He has already sent me an address. I had the one I was holding for our overseas stationed friend but Mr bones approved me putting it back in play. Then I lagged.
    Last edited by HouseHomey; October 17, 2017, 03:35 PM.

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    • Spinaker
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      Well, get it out there brother! We gotta keep this going!

    • HouseHomey
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      Spinaker Sophia and I will take it Saturday to be sent. Was trying for today but no luck.

    Hey Pit People. I still have hat #2, or #3, or whichever it is. I haven't received any message from anyone with an address on where to send it. What am I missing? SOMEONE let me know where to send the hat and I will get it in the mail!

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      AZRedneck Jus' go to th' Original Post, scroll down th' list of birthdays, an' contact (PM) whoever's birthday is next, that ya' can get th' hat to in time...
      Please, let me or tbob4 know, either here in this topic, or by PM, an' we will get th' calendar updated.
      Gimme a holler, if ya' have any problems, please...
      Thanks, Amigo!!!

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      • Craigar
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        I have reached out to SMOG MAN about hat #3 and am waiting for a reply to see if anyone else has reached out to him.

      • SMOG MAN
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        SMOG MAN here, I'm in, I just got Craigars PM. and will get him my info. Thanks!

      AMAZING RIBS GLOBETROTTING PITMASTER CLUB BIRTHDAY HAT #1 TRAVELS TO CAYE CAULKER, BELIZE!!!

      OK, so when I signed up for the Birthday Hat Club, I was living in Bridgeport, CT, happily grilling with my 28" Weber Kettle & smoking up good stuff on my Landmann side-box charcoal smoker and occasionally my older (cheaper) Brinkman side-box charcoal smoker. Somewhere in between then and October 29, 2017 (my birthday), we sold our house and all our belongings, including the Weber and Landmann smoker (the Brinkman had seen it's better days and went to the dump :-( ), packed up our warm weather clothes, put our winter clothes in storage and moved/retired to Caye Caulker, Belize. Caye Caulker is a small (5.5 miles long, population 1,400) island located 25 miles off the coast of Belize, in the Caribbean Ocean...basically, PARADISE! We are less than a mile from the MesoAmerican Coral Reef, the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

      I wasn't sure I would still be included in the circuit, since we are so remote and Belize is a 3rd world country with a less sophisticated mail system than the US. Fortunately for me, T-bone was the guy to send me Hat #1, and he graciously opened his checkbook to cover the almost $43 it cost to send the hat to this remote island....THANK YOU again T-bone !!! So here is the saga of The Globetrotting Pitmaster Birthday Club Hat #1's adventure in Paradise:

      The package with Hat # 1, plus a bag of T-bone's Secret BBQ Rub ( new tradition started by T-Bone) arrived on Friday, October 27, so I wanted to make T-bone knew his efforts paid off:

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      So, for my BIG Day, the celebration of my 62nd Birthday I had some special plans and of course Birthday Hat #1 was the Guest of Honor along the way.

      First, we went SCUBA diving:

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      After SCUBA diving, Birthday Hat #1 was a bit tuckered out, so he took a little siesta on the hammock:

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      Then, we decided to enjoy a wonderful Rock Patel Connecticut Vintage 1999 Torpedo together on the hammock:

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      My wonderful partner Lorrie (BTW, this whole "retire to a Caribbean Island" thing is her Dream, I just get to live it with her!) decided I should not have to cook on my Birthday, so we took Birthday Hat #1 out for dinner at the new French Restaurant on Caye Caulker....yes, a REAL French Restaurant with a REAL French Chef, Cook and Server on Caye Caulker...who'd a thunk it possible??!!??)...of course we ate outside, with the Caribbean Ocean in view:

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      So that was my Birthday, however, I understand the whole premise of this Club is to do, and show, some BBQ/Smoking skill (other than a Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Torpedo, of course). Well, meat selection on this remote island is somewhat limited, especially beef, but I must admit, the chicken here is out of this world...local raised (on the mainland), organic, no hormones, antibiotics or anything else...all natural. So Birthday Hat #1 and I decided to indirect cook a whole chicken, using some of T-bone's Secret BBQ Rub (let me just tell you all, I feel sorry you weren't the ones receiving Birthday Hat #1 one from T-bone and the benefactor of his new tradition....damn good stuff!!!).

      So, we prepped the chicken:

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      Fired up our Belize Charcoal Grill:

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      Placed that chicken right in the middle:

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      We also roasted some fresh local cauliflower in tin foil and Lorrie made up a cucumber, tomato & onion w/ olive oil & balsamic vinegar salad. We waited an hour or so and this was the finished product:

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      Let me tell you folks, Birthday Hat #1 Dun good, he Dun Real GOOD for us. The meal was delicious and we had a wonderful time celebrating with Birthday Hat #1, and apparently so did Birthday Hat #1, as you can tell, by the end of our celebration, everyone was pretty wiped out:

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      So that's the Caribbean travels tale of The Globetrotting Pitmaster Club Birthday Hat #1. I will be packing him up, along with some local/Belizian cooking rubs and sending him off today to JCGrill in MN, to assist him in celebrating his Birthday on 11/16/17:

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      • BradFlood
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        Small World richinlbrg! I coached swimming (started both Women's (2004) & Men's (2009) Teams) at UB.

      • richinlbrg
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        Always a small world!!

      • Mudkat
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        Now that's a birthday.....HAT! Happy Belated Bday!

      Wow!!! These are amazing pictures. You gotta use that one with your regulator in! I love that. It looks like Belize is as gorgeous as ever! Happy birthday! BradFlood

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        Admiration for you two having the guts and perseverance to make that kind of move! The wife and I are still considering international relo, and if they cut the mortgage and state tax deductions, that may just be the straw that breaks the camel's back!

        Great story and pics. Thanks!

        ps I'm a Danbury boy, and went to Fairfield Prep. My Dad worked at Bullards for decades.

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        • richinlbrg
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          LOL! My Mom still loves I'm Fairfield!

        • EdF
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          The Prep?

        • richinlbrg
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          Crud, EdF, auto incorrect strikes again.

          Should have read, "My Mom still lives in Fairfield."

        Originally posted by EdF View Post
        Admiration for you two having the guts and perseverance to make that kind of move! The wife and I are still considering international relo, and if they cut the mortgage and state tax deductions, that may just be the straw that breaks the camel's back!

        Great story and pics. Thanks!

        ps I'm a Danbury boy, and went to Fairfield Prep. My Dad worked at Bullards for decades.
        WOW, small world, we lived in Blackrock, just down the street from Bullard Square (now a BJ's)!!!

        Put your fears aside, do your research and go for it. We've been here a month and have no regrets, and we're in rainy season, so it's just gonna get better & better.

        Best Wishes!

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        • EdF
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          Thanks for the encouragement, my friend!

        Originally posted by Spinaker View Post
        Wow!!! These are amazing pictures. You gotta use that one with your regulator in! I love that. It looks like Belize is as gorgeous as ever! Happy birthday! BradFlood
        Thanks Man, we're loving life...and it's easy to do here. Let me know if/when you're coming down!

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        • Spinaker
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          Will do. Great Avatar!

        • BradFlood
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          Thanks for the suggestion Spinaker, I'm not drinking martini's down here, so the former Avatar was outdated

        I have a birthday on Nov. 20th and would love the honor of donning that chapeau for a day. How do I get on the list?

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        • Spinaker
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          Rick, we will get you on the list.

        • kmhfive
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          Just let Mr. Bones know you want in. He’ll have to see where the rotation is, but being he’s a genius, I’m sure something will work out!

        • Mr. Bones
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          rickbrowne Yer name is on th' list now, Spinaker musta added it while I was still at work!
          Thanks, amigos!
          P.S.: I googled th' whole "genius" thing, to see what that was all about, an' don't rightly reckon that'd be th' case, here!
          Thanks fer them kind words, though, Brother kmhfive !!!
          Last edited by Mr. Bones; October 31, 2017, 04:39 PM.

        I'll keep my eyes open for the goods BradFlood! And I guess I best be thinking about the next recipient!

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          Craigar and AZRedneck , can you guys maybe get some of the early November guys covered with #2 and #3? After I celebrate with #1 I think I can probably get it to rickbrowne in time for his celebration.

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          Go, Team, Go!
          Great job of coordinatin', y'all!!!
          November's really packed with birthdays, an' all would like to see this get on track...
          fuzzydaddy whaddya think? Might this be a good time to bring Hat #4 into play???
          Last edited by Mr. Bones; November 2, 2017, 05:11 PM.

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          • fuzzydaddy
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            Yes sir! I'd be glad to ship it out to who's up to receive it. It's just waiting to get on its way!

          • fuzzydaddy
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            I've pm'd CurlingDog about getting hat #4 to him for his birthday on the 18th.

          • Mr. Bones
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            Many Thanks, Amigo! fuzzydaddy

          Hat #4 will be heading to CurlingDog in the next few days! Mr. Bones and all!

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            I wôuld like to wish Craigar a very very happy birthday!!

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            • Craigar
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              Thank you fine sir! I am hoping to get some pics tonight.

            Happy Birthday Craigar! Hope is a great one for you!

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            • Craigar
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              Thank you! My wife took very good care of me this year. I have to say I am blessed.
              Last edited by Craigar; November 16, 2017, 09:49 AM.

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