1ST TANK BATTALION BBQ 2013
1ST TANK BATTALION BBQ
29 Palms, CA
October 24-25, 2013
by Del King
Let me tell you a little about the BBQ for 1st Tanks that happened yesterday. When we had planed it the entire Battalion was going to be there, but due to a change in the training schedule we were short one and a half (1 1/2) companies. They were in the field. We set up behind the Battalion in the parking lot for all the company office commanding officers and staff NCO's. Took a little while for everyone to clear their cars out. But we got it done. Got everything ready to start the cooking later that night. We fired up one pit and baked some potato's and threw on some steak that I provided for dinner. I made sure the two duties inside the building got some plus the FRO and her husband. After that we got the pig all rubbed in injected and put it away. Then we did the brisket and pork butt put them in bags and back into the ice chest to rest. We put everything on the pits around midnight and start cooking.
The next morning meat still cooking a Master Sergeant came out asking if we were the same people that did 4th Tanks in San Diego a few years back. He said he was there and remembered Gunny. (not me just Gunny). We he arranged for us to go down to the Tank ramp and for the guys to play around on and in the Tanks plus the recovery vehicle. When everyone got back we started to make the side dishes and such just getting everything ready for the party to start. We had guys opening cans of beans we had others boiling water and cooking the noddles for the mac and cheese. We had one pit ready to take the beans when we cooked them open in the pit so the could get some smoke into them. We used Dan's pit to cook the mac and cheese after we took off the brisket. Lionel and his wife were cooking the pig and getting him ready for the Marines. Then we took the pork off of Steve's pit and he cooked chicken we had for the kids. (just in case they wouldn't try the brisket and pork). I had to pull all the pork by myself. Steve pulled the bone the I used a devise you hook up to a drill to pull the pork. We did it in 20 mins. We started filling up Cambros and loading trucks getting things ready to head over to the site we would serve.
Yes it could have been easier if I had let them provide Marines to help but I have a policy of only asking for a place to set up and Hungry Troops to feed. We were there to thank these Marines for their Service they do it 365, 24, 7. We could take 48 hrs out of our life to do for them. I am not going to have the Marines working for us when we can do it. Yes it is more work for us it is harder but well worth it in the end. After the BBQ was served and we had sent cambros full of meat and sides to the field for the units that could not make the party we went back to the cooking site after everyone left I cleaned up what little mess was on the ground (the cooks were really good at keeping the area clean) and put everything in a pile for the trash to be picked up. Dan stayed the night again and everyone else left. All in all it came out great. We fed 500 Marines and family members at the party and sent 3 cambros full of meat out to the units in the field and other places where they could not attend the party. I had 100 to go container and everyone was used by members at the party to take some home so that should tell you how much they liked the food.