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The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival (2011)

To prepare for an event this size, we had to start cooking the food the night before. So we put 32 bone in butts on the Chuckwagon and let them smoke overnight.

The Chuckwagon Smoker

In the morning we loaded up the trucks and headed for the event. We were looking forward to an awesome day and were bringing enough ingredients to prepare over 1,000 sandwiches. To sell out, we would have to prepare over 125 meals an hour for 8 hours straight. The task sounded daunting but our crew was pumped up and ready for the challenge.

Over 1,000 hamburger buns

From the time the gates opened until the end of the event we sold delicious pulled pork sandwiches meals at average rate of about 120 an hour for 8 hours straight. There were over 10,000 people in attendance this year. So we fed approximately 10% of the people attending the event. Considering there were over 30 food vendors present, we must be doing something right.

Serving pulled pork sandwiches

We had in excess of 30 people in both serving lines at times. Despite the endless demands of the festival goers, the Tres Amigas handled it like pros.

The Tres Amigas

The fans are getting ready for the show.

Concert goers

We met a lot of nice people on Saturday and were glad so many of you thought our food was so tasty. The compliments really made the day fly by and we thank you for that. The tips didn’t hurt either. You know who you are.

Lastly we would like to thank the HDE Agency and Landon Evans (on the left) for coordinating such a wonderful event. Delicious food, lots of beer and great music. It doesn’t get much better than that. Cheers!

Landon Evans

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