I have been trying to think how to sum up my weekend at the Big Apple BBQ helping in the Pit of Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo. It’s pronounced YOU-Bahns. The easiest way to sum it up is one word – AWESOME!
It all started with a friendship that began a few years ago when I met Leslie Roark the Barbeque Princess at the very same event. We stayed in touch and this year I sent her a message saying I wish I could be a part of the team and work and learn some tips for my own use. Luckily for me she said yes and I couldn’t have been happier. I won’t lie I worked my ass off from moving coolers, prepping pork butts, pulling pork and all sorts of other odds and ends and it was worth every second of it.
My time began on Friday night when I went over in the Tropical Storm to where they were already set up and had a Red Neck Tent City using a tarp between the trees to keep us dry. That night I got there and the “Family” was gathered to hang out. It was really like one big Family Reunion of Friends from all over and it was awesome.
I managed to get myself a job helping with the prep of the Pork, trimming of the fat and then the hand pulling of it once it came out of the smoker. In total the crew cooked over 4500 lbs of pork for the event. This was truly slow cooked and spent about 20 hours in the smokers. It came out hot, juicy and obviously delicious. Especially when served on a potato bun sloppy top style with some Ubon’s Sauce and Cole Slaw. Oh and I would be truly remiss if I didn’t mention the awesome Ubon’s BBQ Bloody Mary’s we served thousands of samples of the mix and plenty of fully loaded ones and they were delicious.
This weekend was just more proof that BBQ is truly about family and friends as I made many new friends that I can’t wait to see again. Whether it be a trip to Fire & Feast, Memphis in May or back here at the Big Apple BBQ I am sure it will be like old times and a truly great time.
A huge thank you goes out to Legendary Pitmaster Garry Roark, the Barbecue Princess Leslie Roark and the entire Ubon’s family for welcoming me with open arms, I can’t wait to do it all again!!!
And that’s … From My Mellin!
Oh and for those of you in NYC the amazing Ubon’s Sauce and BBQ Bloody Mary Mix are on sale at all Fairway locations until July 7th so make sure you pick up a bottle or two, you won’t be disappointed!!!