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A great life experience today

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hhookk, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. hhookk

    hhookk Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Today a group of people from my work volunteered to prepare and serve a meal at The Hope Lodge in Boston. I copied the following paragraph from their website to explain what Hope Lodge is.

    Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their families can find help and hope when home is far away - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

    Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows Hope Lodge guests to focus on the most important thing: getting well.

    And a Hope Lodge offers so much more than just free lodging. It provides a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through many of the same experiences.

    I volunteered to cook ribs. I made 12 racks of back ribs. A new record for me. It turned out to be wayyyyy too much as not as many people were there as we were told. But those who were raved over them, which made me feel pretty good.


    The ingredients. Missing from the picture is the sliced pineapple garnish.


    Poor "Old Red" was full to the gills. I had to move them around a couple times to make sure they cooked evenly.


    After 2.5 hours in the cherry/apple smoke. There were too many to foil individually so I cheated and put them in foil pans in the oven with a splash of pineapple and coke at 230degrees for 2 hours.


    The finished product with grilled and brown sugar coated pineapple. The ribs were sauced and carmelized on a nice hot grill for a couple mins. They were devoured and the residents heaped some pretty high praise on me, which I must admit felt great.

    Talking to some of the residents made me realize that what I thought were major problems in my life are nothing compared with what these people were going through. It was truly a life changing experience and I highly recommend checking if theres a Hope Lodge near you and volunteering.


    I was affected in ways I never thought about, and can't wait to go back and do it again. The genuine appreciation they had for us taking time out of our lives to help them out in some small way was overwhelming. One gentleman in particular, David, really had a great attitude and outlook on life for someone in his situation. He was inspirational without even realizing it.

    Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Just had to share this great experience while it was still fresh in my mind.
  2. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I have to give you (Thumbs Up) for that [​IMG]. Thanks for making some folks feel better with some smoked goodness. Maybe you can make them some doggy bags!
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    It looks awesome and a great cause [​IMG]
  4. bmudd14474

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

    Looks awesome and that was a great thing to do.
  5. Good job   [​IMG]
  6. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    [​IMG][​IMG]great job and the ribs look great.. i see u have some hot bone sucking sauce man i love that stuff.. mmmmmmmmm
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    This says it all except thank you for taking the time to care for others - I too gave you a thumbs up -
  8. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    [​IMG]   Thank you for sharing your time with others.

    I had no idea how far those little things could go until I experienced it.

    My wife is the sole survivor from her family and my mother recently lost her battle with cancer.

    Gob Bless!
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now that's one full smoker. Thanks for doing such a great job on a great serves too. [​IMG]Has to go out to the chef.
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great Job hhookk !

    That had to be a rewarding experience!

    Another thumbs up to your rating Sir![​IMG]


  11. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    that was a nice thing you did.  I lost my dad to cancer and it is hard way to go.  So any way to help is good. Ribs looked great
  12. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

     it was a great thing hhookk did for the hope lodge i am sorry for not posting that in my original posted. I lost my dad 4 years ago 9/7/06 at the young age of 52 cancer . the things people do for each other is a great thing my family and i donate  are time to hospice as a thank you for all the people that help my family when we were in need.. so again thank you
  13. hhookk

    hhookk Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I found out today that we're going to be doing this on a quarterly basis. Can't wait [​IMG]
  14. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What you did and are planning for the future is totally freakin awesome man. I have lost a couple family members to this and its not pleasant at all. Even if it was only a few moments of a day, you have given them something to sit back and enjoy. I am sure it means more to them then ever possible to show.

    Great Job!!