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Featured 8th Annual SMF NC Gathering, May 17, 18 and 19th 2019

Discussion in 'Events' started by alelover, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. We'll be firing up the smokers, grills and the wood pile for another great weekend in the Carolinas. The last 7 have been really spectacular. So save that weekend for some good BBQ, good beer and good times.

    Check out the past 7 gatherings here.

    1st Annual NC Gathering

    2nd Annual NC Gathering

    3rd Annual NC Gathering

    4th Annual NC Gathering

    5th Annual NC Gathering

    6th Annual NC Gathering

    7th Annual NC Gathering

    We will once again have it at our "Lake View Estate" in Concord, NC. We are about 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Concord. Near the Cabarrus Arena.

    Map to the gathering

    Going to maybe have some demonstrations of who knows what again, it will be fun and educational. We have a big backyard so bring your tents and small campers. Sorry no RV hookups. This is a family friendly event and we encourage folks to bring the kids along. They always have fun. There are also some hotels in the area if you need one.

    Hotels in the Area

    For those who have not attended a SMF gathering before it will be a weekend of relaxing, eating, and fellowship. It is a chance to meet some of the great SMF'ers you interact with on the forums everyday. You won't find a nicer group of people or better food. Last years gathering was a great success and we hope for an even better turnout this year. We plan on some surprise giveaways too. So please make time for a great weekend you will remember for years to come.
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  2. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like a great time
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm ready for another NC gathering. hopefully we'll see Joel again.......
  4. Time to keep an eye on those meat sales.
  5. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Scott did you get my PM all things good we will be there. Motel reservations are made. What do you need us to bring?

  6. I got it Warren. Don't know off hand what to bring but meat is usually good.
  7. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have butts and ribs. Been saving stash sales
  8. I got a couple butts so far
  9. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not a problem will check closer to the time. I know I have a brisket about 15 lb.

  10. LanceR

    LanceR Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I was in the Greensboro Restaurant Depot last week as I was in the area and had about 15 minutes to spare between appointments. As it turned out it had been a year and a half since I had been in an RD and they purged inactive accounts when they migrated to their new web configuration. It took me nearly all the 15 minutes to get back into the system so all I had time for was a quick walk (nearly a trot, really) through the cold room.

    They have a rack in the meat department of their stores on which you can find stuff approaching it's recommended sell by date etc. They had a pair of Angus briskets marked down to around $2.25 a pound. If I wasn't in a rush to get back to home for a business appointment I'd have dug around some and at least brought the briskets home.

    That RD is within 5-6 miles of the VA medical clinic in Kernersville, near my welding gas provider etc. I'll pass the word when I think I'll be back there. Nancy and I want to make some pastrami and corned beef anyway.

    Scott, if there's anything we can do to help please let me know. Maybe I should pick up a couple of pounds of beechwood smoked malt, put a light hickory smoke on it and make a batch of Smoked Porter for the gathering.....
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  11. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Scored 2 Turkey breast. .99 cents/ lb.. on sale at food lion this week
  12. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  13. Picked up some BOGO pork tenderloins. Vac sealed and in the deep freeze. Pastrami would be awesome Lance.
  14. LanceR

    LanceR Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Just some food for thought......Perhaps we should each commit to no more than one meat item each right now in order to leave some choices and opportunities for others to chip in with. My past experience has been that if a few folks state early on that they are bringing or making a bunch of things each it really cuts down on the chances for others to fully participate. We'll have ample time later to fill in the blanks in the menu.

    By the way, thank you for hosting this again.
  15. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good idea Lance.

    Scott put me down for a brisket.

  16. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sorry but I tend to disagree. The gathering has always been if you want to smoke something, bring it. There's plenty of room in the smoker. If someone wants to smoke ribs and someone else is bringing ribs to smoke that means we'll have 2 kinds of ribs to eat. If someone wants to help tend the smoker they are more than welcome to. I'll be smoking several different things during the weekend.
    JC in GB likes this.
  17. Typically people like to cook what they are most proud of and want to show it off to the masses. We have always ended up with a wide variety of meats. Never have we had all pork butts. We'll cook anything. :emoji_ox::emoji_turkey::emoji_crocodile::emoji_chicken::emoji_deer::emoji_fish:
  18. LanceR

    LanceR Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    No problem. I think I'll be headed to the Greensboro Restaurant Depot within the next week or so. Does anyone they want me to keep an eye out for or to pick up for them?
  19. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey gator would be good and you already have frozen in the lakes. :emoji_wink: :emoji_laughing:

  20. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    We are going to try to make it this year... I gotta think of what t bring I shoot for lunch Saturday so I will probably bring something either pre-smoked or quick smoked for everyone to eat easily. I will think about it...can't wait for the good times though

    Happy Gathering,
    phatbac (Aaron)