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2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled

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My OBR report.

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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13524
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    My OBR report.

    This is my report on my time in Wilmington NC with OBR. I did get some photos while there, but did not get all I should have. There are not may shots of actual food prep because that was the busiest time, and I was, well, busy prepping food. Being up to my elbows in pork grease did not help either.

    I arrived Wednesday morning, (the 19th), and left the Friday after the morning rush – my back told me I had been there long enough. Registration started at 6 AM each morning, and all volunteers had to register every day. We then were told where to go and what to do. The first two mornings, I helped prep pork butts which meant shredding, weighing, and packing in cambros for shipment. Each cambro contained 250 servings – either a protein or a side. The third morning, I helped prep sides. There was also another prep time in the afternoons. That was when butts got rubbed, (I asked if I could pick the butts I rubbed and was told no – with a few laughs), as well as pork loins and turkey breasts, ( did not ask about breasts...).

    After the morning prep, a BBQ team out of Dallas TX named Baker's Ribs fixed a hot breakfast. They have a number of restaurants, so you might give them a try if you find one. They also prepared hot lunches and dinners for the volunteers. And the food was very good – a lot better than I expected. There was a man named Chad Scott there with his ice cream bus giving ice cream to volunteers, and Krispy Kreme donated a ton of donutes for the volunteers too. There were coolers of water and Gatorade everywhere.

    There were always some small jobs needing doing. Cleaning, or moving equipment, or food, or whatever. There was a tent for volunteers to rest in and eat in. Supervisors would come by and ask for people to help with something. There were always enough volunteers – especially when they needed help in one of the refrigerated trucks.

    I couldn't find a hotel room anywhere, but did finally manage to get a bunk in one of their “bunk trailers”. They also had a trailer with hot showers although with the temps in Wilmington, I never took a really hot shower.

    There's probably a bunch I have forgotten, so ask questions if you want.

    Here are the photos:

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ID:	574802This is the tote board where they keep up with what they have done.

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    The Operations tent where management ran the operation from. It's also the morning check-in point.

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    There were eleven trailers, (most refrigerated), for food.

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ID:	574784 Some of the eleven commercial smokers, (Old Hickory), with the large generator. Each smoker could hold 80 butts for up to 8000 lbs a day - if needed.

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ID:	574785 The protein prep area. It looks kind of sterile here with nothing happening.

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ID:	574786 Sides were prepped here. There were six cookers that could hold 250 servings each.

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ID:	574787 There were 4 water heaters used to preheat the water for making sides. This was so that they could prep sides faster.

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ID:	574789 These cambros were lined with plastic bags and filled with food - 250 servings each.

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    EGGS! It's what's for breakfast...

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  • Spacecase
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    • Dec 2017
    • 139
    • Florida
    • Proud owner of: PK 360, 18 inch Weber Smokey Mountain, 22 inch Weber Kettle, Weber Jumbo Joe, Weber Smokey Joe, Weber E-310, and Rec Tec Trailblazer.

    Fantastic organization and a great report. Thanks.


    • troymeister
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        Smoke Thermometer, Igrill, Thermapen, Thermapop,Maverick 2 probe
        I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

        One cannot have too many grills.



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        • Dan Deter
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          • Jun 2018
          • 526
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          Awesome and thanks for your time. As a North Carolinian I know the people down east really appreciated all that OBR did (and all of the rest of the volunteers who have, and continue, to help). OBR is definitely on my list of groups to volunteer with once I get to the point in my career that I can do so (or win that lottery....)


          • Spinaker
            • Nov 2014
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            • Land of Tonka
            • John "J R"
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            Very cool. Thanks for the pictures, its look like quite the operation. Lots of equipment. I noticed that Baker's Ribs was helping out. They have place here in Minnesota, I credit them with getting me into BBQ. Great people.

            Thanks for taking the time to help out and are the BBQ love. And man, do I want one of those Old Hickory Pits! Those are sooooo sweet.


            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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              • Jun 2018
              • 815
              • Eastern NC
              • 2018 MAK 2 Star
                Charbroil Big Easy SRG

              We have a few friends in that area, and while they weren't on the receiving end of this operation... the people helping clean up their neighborhoods and the workers on the line most likely did. Thanks for participating!


              • tbob4
                Charter Member
                • Nov 2014
                • 2511
                • Chico, CA
                • BBQ's
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                Fantastic job! It is very hard work, I know. You time and effort is greatly appreciated by so many who will never have the opportunity to thank you personally.


                • FishTalesNC
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                  • Dec 2017
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                  • Durham, NC

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                  Great stuff, and a big “thanks” from another North Carolinian with family in Wilmington! 👍🏻


                  • DoubleUpOrQuit
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2017
                    • 344
                    • Minneapolis, MN
                    • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

                    This is great RonB, thank you for sharing.


                    • Jerod Broussard
                      • Jun 2014
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                      • Troutman
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                        That is utterly fantastic. It’s amazing how we Americans can close ranks to provide for those in need. Bravo to your service in that cause. I urge everyone who can to contribute when they can.


                        • gcdmd
                          Charter Member
                          • Sep 2014
                          • 1118
                          • The Republic of Texas

                          Man, what an operation!


                          • klflowers
                            Club Member
                            • Sep 2015
                            • 3661
                            • Tennessee

                            Excellent. Thanks for volunteering and sharing.




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