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SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 09:55 AM
How many here would be interested in going to Joplin and cooking Q for the victims and rescue workers?

I have a call in to the folks at Cookshack to see if they might have a big cooker they can loan us.

If we can mount a large enough delegation to make a dent in things up there, I will donate a day or two of my time and some meat and seasonings.

Anyone else?

cabinetmaker
05-27-2011, 10:01 AM
Im in. Who's with us?

SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 10:04 AM
We need to try to mount this effort quickly. I know a lot of us have Memorial weekend plans, but this would be one that you would never forget, and there will be more memorial days. Hopefully there will be no more Joplin disasters.

PigCicles
05-27-2011, 12:27 PM
I would love to be in on that and WOULD be but due to the storms and order loads I will be working all weekend and the holiday.

I hope to see folks throwing in on this one.

SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 02:05 PM
I would love to be in on that and WOULD be but due to the storms and order loads I will be working all weekend and the holiday.

I hope to see folks throwing in on this one.

It is starting to look like it will be next week before we could really even get there. I figure next week we would be more in need. I had even considered asking the people going to Grand lake if they would like to go to Joplin during the day Saturday to cook.

I have located an FEC 300 for next week and have 2 cases of butts volunteered as well as three or four cases of BBQ sauce.

cabinetmaker
05-27-2011, 02:14 PM
I had no idea you were talking about this weekend Tim. No can do. My "cooking skills" are already spoken for.

SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 02:24 PM
I didn't have anything that I absolutely had to do this weekend. I was willing to abandon my plans and go up there, but like I just posted, I don't see being able to bring it together this weekend anyway.

I'll keep everybody notified as things start to come together.

Tuck
05-27-2011, 08:10 PM
I didn't have anything that I absolutely had to do this weekend. I was willing to abandon my plans and go up there, but like I just posted, I don't see being able to bring it together this weekend anyway.

I'll keep everybody notified as things start to come together.

Count me in Tim . I used to live there , another-wife-ago , the town was very good to me and I would like to return the favor.

Let me know

Tuck
:sifone:

chadd17
05-27-2011, 08:39 PM
I'll be off work next Thursday and Friday and the weekend. Count me in too.

SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 09:50 PM
I have 2 days in the office Tuesday and Wednesday. Other than that I can be available. How many days do we want to commit to. do we want to base out of the grand Lake venue and drive up and cook then return to Lee's Resort?

Right now, the hard part looks to be finding a place to set up.

I have a friend that works for State Farm and he is up there setting up remote claims assistance offices. He is going to check with local agents and see if any of them have a plac ewe can set up.

Can any of you find any body that might be able to donate meat, bead, beans, so on and so forth?

Let's keep the thread rolling and see what we can come up with.

Joe, do you maybe have any contacts that might be able to provide us with a site?

Can anyone come up with any large cookers?

I have one easy up, one 6x 10 box trailer and one 8' table plus chafing dishes, sterno, a Cambro etc

Tuck and Donny, what do you have in the way of equipment that you could bring?

flying illini
05-28-2011, 11:00 AM
Tim - Good stuff. I can probably be available, too.

I can pass on what I have heard via my church here as brother of a member is a pastor up there. His church was 2 blocks from the direct path so he has quite a few members in distress. They took 3 truck loads of bottled water up this week.

We have also looked at trying to help their church members in some other way. (a cookout for their congregation and local neighborhood area at some point was brought up) But right now, he (pastor in Joplin) has quite a few relief workers coming in to coordinate.

We decided to delay this idea of a cookout event a couple of weeks for now given the massive clean up, etc still going on.

I will keep yall posted on how it develops...

SmokyOkie
05-28-2011, 01:27 PM
Right now, the biggest problem remains finding a location to set up and cook. do you suppose your church might be able to find us a spot?

PigCicles
05-28-2011, 08:27 PM
Right now, the biggest problem remains finding a location to set up and cook. do you suppose your church might be able to find us a spot?

I'm bouncing a couple balls on that right now. I'll get back to ya.

cabinetmaker
05-28-2011, 08:35 PM
I saw on the news a few days ago that they said the best thing to do to help was not to come to joplin just now. It would just add to the confusion.

chadd17
05-28-2011, 08:48 PM
I've got a couple of cases of gallon sized beans, and can bring tables and coolers. There are currently several BBQ teams set up all along 20th Street. Facebook has a Operation BBQ For Joplin Relief page set up telling about what is going on there. I am working on securing a big offset smoker, but not definate yet.

chadd17
05-28-2011, 08:52 PM
Curt is right about the volunteers. There is more people there than they know what to do with. Mostly on the weekends, so I would think that if we're gonna do anything, it would be better during the week. Just let me know.

flying illini
05-28-2011, 09:16 PM
Curt is right about the volunteers. There is more people there than they know what to do with. Mostly on the weekends, so I would think that if we're gonna do anything, it would be better during the week. Just let me know.

We heard this through our church as well. I will work on a location through that contact as well.

SmokyOkie
05-28-2011, 10:39 PM
I have been in touch with Operations BBQ. They are sending out emails saying not to come and not to bring supplies. they are also saying that they are being told to move hteir locations and to scale things down. Evidently, now that the boil order has been lifted, the local restaurants are opening back up and they are not wanting any competition.

I am beginning to think that perhaps this is a good idea, but about a week too late to be of any real help.

I will keep my ear to the ground and would appreciate it if the rest of you will do the same.

I really don't want to make a big effort to throw this together and then get there and be told to go home.

SmokebyKel
05-29-2011, 06:36 AM
I know I am late in getting in on this but if it does happen count me and my pit in. I'm currently out of town but will be back in StL tomorrow morning.

I'll call you tomorrow Tim.

SmokyOkie
05-29-2011, 03:36 PM
I should be around most of the day.

I am really starting to think we should abandon the idea of going up there to cook. I heard on the radio that they were asking folks to stay home.

You are bringing you pit ot the get together at Grand aren't you?

chadd17
05-29-2011, 11:35 PM
I believe they have it covered for now. Take a look at what rolled in from Tennessee today.
http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo266/exeterfire/Hogzilla.jpg
http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo266/exeterfire/OperationBBQReliefforJoplin.jpg
That is 224 butts getting ready. He told me that the smoker would hold 400 :wow:

flying illini
05-30-2011, 12:46 AM
:wow:

PigCicles
05-30-2011, 10:16 AM
Tim, I may have a place lined up. That is given that the group that is there currently leaves after this week. I'll try to give you a call about it tomorrow so we can talk about it in more detail. Even if we don't help the MASSES like that pic will - we can still do something for the volunteers at the local spot ... I'll call ya and talk more.

SmokyOkie
05-30-2011, 10:37 AM
There is also a group in KC that is cooking there and shipping prepared plates in reefer trucks.

I think we are a bit too little and too late.
Donnie, are you over there volunteering?

chadd17
05-30-2011, 04:40 PM
No Tim, I am stuck working the weekend. A lot of my friends are there and they keep me updated. If we do go ahead, keep in mind there is still no electric power anywhere very close to that area.

SmokyOkie
05-30-2011, 06:08 PM
I have a 6500W generator. I would run a big FEC. Runs about 7 hours on 5 gal of gas.

I am really starting to think we should forget it though. Stay in touch with your buddies and see what they have to say. I will need to check on the FEC tomorrow to see if it is back yet.