Food is an integral part of life. It not only sustains us, but is often part of our celebrations and milestones. This past weekend my family celebrated my grandmother’s birthday and held a family reunion in North Carolina. Approximately 80 of her 100+ children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were in attendance. As you might imagine, feeding all those people was quite a challenge. Fortunately, we have several chefs in the family – nonetheless, what transpired was awfully impressive.
This is the BBQ that was used. What is most impressive about this rig is not necessarily the size or scale, but that my cousin Eric built the entire thing in his shop. Wow. Dinner was to feature a whole hog (Claudette), three whole briskets, 16 chickens, and two bushels of corn.
Chef Eric throwing the dry-rubbed briskets on the BBQ next to Claudette.
Eric loading the side stack smoker/roaster the corn and chickens.
Meanwhile, the National Anthem is sung (by my cousin Mark) before a game of kickball.
Chef Chad slicing brisket and breaking down chickens – we’re getting close to chow time…
Dinner is served.
Now, does that look like a proud grandmother or what? The family comes together and sings happy birthday to grandma. This was truly a wonderful event.