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Gift for the neighbor

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by meatnbeer, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. I have a neighbor that does things for us from time to time without us asking.  Stuff that just makes life easier for us.  For example, a couple of days ago we were smacked with a blizzard.  I was about to walk out to spend a few hours of removing 18 inches of drifted snow, when all of the sudden he comes around the corner with his bobcat.  He had the snow blower attachment on the front of it and cleared the majority of the driveway in about 3 minutes.  I can't tell you how many times I come home from work and he has removed the giant pile of snow from the end of the driveway that was left by the snow plow.

    I'm not sure if he drinks, so I don't want to offer him any of my homebrew.  So I figure that I will smoke him something special and take it over to him and his wife.  His wife is the other thing.  She has a rare form of cancer and is participating in expeiremental treatment that is not covered by insurance.  It is the only thing she has left to try and fight it.

    So my question, what would be a good thing to smoke for them?  I will also supply them with the sides and everything so they don't have to worry about dinner at least one night.  I want them to have some leftovers also.  Thoughts? 
  2. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Pulled pork or briskets are normally a big hit,i'm sure they won't turn ya down!
  3. I think I might, in general conversation, ask if his wife is on any kind of special diet.  My brother is a pharmacist and specialized in chemo compounding when in pharmacy school.  He says now with all the new stuff out and a lot of experimental stuff you are on a special diet.  He said if you talk to him and ask how she is doing you might just say, " Does she have to be on any kind of special diet while taking this stuff."  If she is not  I would suggest a large pulled pork butt, brother says to watch out with the hot rub and sauce as many chemo patients suffer from nausea and to just go easy with the peppers.  He agrees with me that a good pork butt, smoked and pulled would probably be the best, he has eaten after me too many times to count and loves my pulled pork so he has some idea of what we are talking about.  Good luck, if she can eat it I am sure they will enjoy it and appreciate you doing it for them.  It's the little things that mean alot to people, especially when they are down sick.  Good luck meatnbeer!

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  4. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree with the diet thing. I think a good choice would be a nice smoked turkey. You could carve it up for them, and even vacuum pack some for freezing. You sound like a great neighbor. I'm sure they will appreciate anything you bring over! Thanks for caring.
  5. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Barry nailed it---hint around & find out a little of what she can eat, but be a little sneakier than you are when you're trying to find out what the wife wants for Christmas.

  6. Diet restrictions was one of my biggest concerns.  That's why I made sure to mention her.  If I did do a shoulder, I guess I should make sure to avoid using a finishing sauce.  Just smoke it up and let them do with it what they want.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm also with Barry and ask him what is the diet restrictions for his wife and then you will know more of what you can do. Now I do know that Pops and Tip's recipe for a rub is low in salt but I don't know about fat or the other stuff. You can do alittle research and it will give you alot of choices. it's a nice thing that you and your neighbor are doing for each other. I just wish folks would help each or just even talk to their neighbors this world could be a much nicer place to be in. 
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  8. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

    i too think that is very nice

    i think what ever you do will be appreciate to show him that his friend ship has not gone unnoticed[​IMG]
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Pulled Pork, Brisket, Ribs...  Find out what they like and and she can eat then go for it...