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Getting the Barbecue Pit Ready for a Cookout

Barbecue pit on a trailer with a smoker

The other day a buddy called and asked if I wanted to bring my barbecue pit to a get-together he was planning. The event will span two days and have around 100 people in attendance.

It had been awhile since I had got to use the barbecue pit to cook for a bunch of people, so of course I said yes.

Decades ago my parents had a camp house that used butane. They eventually swapped the stove and hot water heat out for propane, so the 250 gallon butane tank was pulled out to a field. In the late 2000s I asked dad whatever happened to that butane tank. He told me it had been sitting in a field for the past 25 years. I went out to the field, waded through the chest high grass, found the tank, and brought it home.

Over the course of several months my son and I, and sometimes one of my nephews put the pit together. The flat bar and expanded metal were bought from a steel supply in Beaumont, Texas. The fire box and smoker were made from a 250 gallon air tank.

When my buddy needed someone with a barbecue pit, who do you think he called?

However, there are a few things I want to do to the pit before the cookout.

Cleaning the Cooking Grills

Trip to the 2016 Texas Renaissance Festival

Parade at the Texas Renaissance Festival

My fiancée (Samantha) and I went to the 2016 Texas Renaissance Festival Saturday, November 19th and we had a great time. The weather was perfect. A cold front had blown through on Friday, which dropped daytime highs to the mid 60s. Skies were clear and beautiful.

Samantha and I woke up around 6:00 am. I got my shower, got dressed, and we headed out around 7:00. On the way out we stopped at the Donut Palace on Hwy 190 in Jasper Texas. When I was working on a tugboat, this was the same donut shop I would stop at on the way to work. The Donut Palace is ran by a friendly Asian couple. I got a sausage, egg and cheese croissant, blue monster and chocolate glazed donut. Samantha got a bag of donut holes.

We headed west on Hwy 190, which took us through Woodville Texas and into Livingston Texas. At Livingston, we turn south on Hwy 59 south until we reached Cleveland. At Cleveland we turned west on Hwy 105. Hwy 105 took us through Cut-n-Shoot, Conroe, Montgomery, and finally to the Plantersville exit, which is 1774.

Arriving at the Festival

May 5 2012 crawfish boil

Boiled crawfishMan oh man, what a great time we had on May 5.

My wife and I stated the day off early Saturday morning with an egg, mayo and cheese sandwich, with sausage on the side and a low carb monster drink. After breakfast we loaded up the ice chest and made a trip to Jasper Quality Meats in Jasper Texas where we bought 2 bags of crawfish.

Then is was to the Exxon at the corner of HWY 190 and HWY 96 to get a couple of bags of ice.

After my wife and I got home the two bags of crawfish were opened, poured into a 120 quart ice chest and put on to purge.

By the time the crawfish were put on to purge, it was around 10am.

Around 1:45 the cooker was fired up and the water was brought to a rolling boil.

My wife bought a bag of peeled shrimp just for her. 1/2 bag of cajun crawfish boil spice was added to the pot, then the shrimp was added to the mix. After 5 minutes of boiling the shrimp was pulled out and put on ice.

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