Discussion in 'Events' started by dougmays, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Hey Everyone! Getting ready to start planning the 3rd annual south florida gathering

    This is a placeholder for now just to get the word out and starting getting people signed up! Let's make this year the biggest so far!! The past 2 years we've had between 15-20 people, let's double that!


    Highlands Hammock Park
    5931 Hammock Road
    Sebring, Florida 33872
    (863) 386-6094

    When: November 8th-10th (feel free to spend a few more days and arrive earlier or stay later)

    Who: Anyone!!! :)

    Who's Attending
    Name# of GuestsSiteArrival DayCompetitionsComments
    Doug  (dougmays)  80/81
    Ribs, Chickentable
    Keith (JckDanls07)187ThursdayRibs, Chicken, SS  
    Don (OrlandoSmoking)  80/81tentative Thursday  table/chairs/canopy
    Bill (SmokedApple)        
    Ron (RubbinButts)279/88/89ThursdayRibs, Chicken, SS2 canopies, 3 tables, chairs
    Dave (S2K9k)  86Thursday  Canopy
    Joe (boykjo)  82WednesdayRibs and Chicken  
    JarJarChef278FridayRibs,Chicken, SS
    pop up camper, Chargriller Outlaw, propane burner,

    single portable butane burner, pots, pans,

    a couple coolers, some various wood chunks, charcoal
    Dan (dmclain)        offering to help with expenses 
    Mike (Mike65)          
    Steve (Roadkill Caffe)    Friday (mid-afternoon)Ribs, SSCanopy, Table


    Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring.


    We do competitions that are more for fun then anything else. Rules are lenient, no official rules (we usually get staff or other campers to be judges). Prizes (donated by forum sponsors) are given at awards. Generally there is only 1 winner but depending on how many items are donated we might be able to have 2 or 3 places for each category.

    Judging is based on "Favorite"...in the past we have had them pick there favorite or given numbers to each (1-5)

    Ribs - Spare or Baby Back Ribs. Can be sauced or not.

    Chicken - Any part or the whole chicken and you can chose what you will serve to the judges

    Something Special - Make your best appetizer, Side Dish, Desert, or anything else that goes well with a meal. This category always brings out alot of thought provoking ideas.

    Sausage Making Activity!

    Stuffers - Ron

    Grinders -  Ron

    Pork (butts) - Doug(2), Keith(2), Mike (1), Ron (2), Steve (2)

    Cure - Ron, Joe 

    Seasonings - Ron,Joe

    Casings - Ron,Joe

    Smoke House - Group

    The Plan:

    Friday Afternoon - Prep, grind and stuff

    Friday Night - Saturday Morning - Smoke Sausage 
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    oh yeaaa.. Sign the wife and I up...
  3. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    just a little bump to start the week off :)
  4. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    and a little evening bump...
  5. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Where y'all at OrlandoSmoKing, RubbinButts, fnpmf, rob63, smokedapple, RoadkillCafe, JarJarChefm TurnipMonkey...any all the others....
  6. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    You know I'll be there. Just don't know the particulars yet. So looking forward to it!!
  7. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Steve.. will be good to see ya again.... a little evening bump too
  8. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Looks like the 3 of us are going to have to start emailing people individually LOL ;)
  9. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    It'll be good to see you too, Keith. I'll try to remember a sleeping bag this time. LOL
  10. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    evening bump
  11. orlandosmoking

    orlandosmoking Smoking Fanatic

    Still working out the logistics on making the trip to the N FL Gathering next weekend but count me in. Adding to my calander now.

    Doug, Steve, either of you S. FL boys gonna make the trip up north?
  12. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Unfortunately, no. At least not this year, maybe next one. Have a great time!!
  13. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    i had planned to but i cant this year...conflicting plans. i'm 100% there next  year!
  14. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    just talked to Bill (Applesmoked).. he's having putor troubles but will sign up when he can....
  15. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    a little morning bump
  16. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Cool! ill add him to the list!
  17. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Hey guys,

    wanted to run this by the group...

    I've been communicating with Patty (the campsite director) over email and she isn't very as accommodating as i would have expect from a group like us who has a recurring event at her park and we have always abided by the rules. Not to mention we have fed her staff and park campers in the years past. Basically she said since this is a holiday weekend, they want us to reserve a minimum of 3 nights. Our event has only ever been 2 nights because alot of us have to leave work Fridays and goto work the following monday.  She said that the staff members who helped me set  up the reservation in the past have messed this up and that's why "they are no longer with the company".

    Last year i found the staff slightly less accommodating then the prior year and they raised the prices on us for reservations.

    So i'm a little perturbed by this. I mean the set up is great with the Group tent site, Screened Room and RV sites so close in proximity..but i feel like they aren't giving us any credit for being repeat customers.

    So i wanted to get your opinions..should we continue with the same location and try to work out a better deal and/or reserve 3 nights for tents and RV's? Should we try to find a different location? Does anyone know of a similar camping area around the north Okeechobee area?
  18. orlandosmoking

    orlandosmoking Smoking Fanatic

    What about changing the date for our gathering either before or after Veterans day weekend? And eliminate the unappreciative jerks from our fun / food? I'm reasonably sure we can recruit random fellow campers to be judges and enjoy a free meal.

    A different venue would be fine as far as I'm concerned, although I have no idea where in that area.

    I agree the set up is pretty convenient but it also has drawbacks in my opinion. While the availabity of the screened room is nice, the fact we pay to use it and other campers help themselves and leave their mess for us to clean up was not real cool. The attached showers and restrooms were both convenient and annoying at the same time. I know if we stay here again my tent and my smoker will be a good deal further away from the traffic these facilities had all hours. 

    Whatever the group concensus is, I'm still in!
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2013
  19. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    we were just trying to get these dates (before we knew it was a Holiday) As it would've helped me out as far as my vacation to the Homestead race.. traveling twice over that way would not really work for me... I wonder If we get the tent sites (3) along the woods... Doug, remember the 1st year the young couple (judges) that tented back there and we went back there for awhile... there was a lot of room back in there for other tents.... E-1 thru E-3... But y'all have to remember there is no electric in these sites for the ones that use electric smokers.... Or see If she will let some pitch tents on the strip of land in front of Ron's site (in between Ron and tent sites, on Doug's map).... I've been looking all around the lake for other places, but so far just RV resorts,,,

    As far as the screen room.. I believe there was no charge for it last year ? I also agree with using campers for the judges if need be...
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2013
  20. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Whether we do the solo sites or group sites we still have to reserve 3 days. Last year we paid for the screen room and the group site. bundled together it was around $200.

    I'm going to call Jonathon Dickenson State Park today and get some information. it's a statepark north of West Palm right on 95, it's a little farther for the west-folk but might be a good alternative. If that doesn't work out we'll just stick with Fish Eating Creek....i'll see if they can give us a break on price

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