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Featured RIP POPS


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Jan 12, 2013
RIP Pops, I learned a lot from him throughout the years. Prayers to his family. His legacy lives on through his recipes.

gary s

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
So Sorry, I think everyone on this Forum will surely miss "Pop's"
I also know everyone on this Forum has learned and benefited from him as well.
It was said above he will live on in pretty much all of us, with the contributions he made to this Forum. I never got to meet him, but those who have and knew him will have a big empty spot in their hearts. My condolences to his Family and Friends. You will be missed more than you know.

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Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Apr 4, 2013
Pop's taught so many here so much including myself. My deepest sympathies to his family. May it be only a short time until his memories bring a happy smile instead of grieving heart.

Thank you Pop, it was indeed a pleasure knowing you.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jun 23, 2011
All I can do is echo the sentiments expressed here by our fellow forumites.
My first introduction to homemade bacon was because of Pop's Brine. I've shared it with many others, so his achievements live on thru us all.
Pops, you will be missed. Please say hello to Scarbelly for us.
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Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Sep 7, 2013
Such sad news to lose a family man and smoking brother, especially so soon. Prayers to his family, friends, and everyone he touched with his guidance. RIP Pops. Teach the angels how to smoke the clouds.


Master of the Pit
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Joined Aug 6, 2017
Our thoughts are with his family and his/our extended Smoking Meat Family


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jun 10, 2008
Can we start a gofund me for Pop's wife or operation bbq relief, I know Pop's supported them.
I would do it but I'm not good with that sorta thing.

RIP Pop's, you were very helpful and always willing to answer peoples questions, we will miss you.

See you on the other side and prayers sent too your family and friends.


Joined Jun 13, 2020
Very sorry to hear this news. Even as a newbie to this community Pop's contributions to the knowledge base here are patently obvious. Like someone posted above, his brine has done wonders for my smoked turkey breast and it's the most requested thing I make. Thanks to Pops for that as well as the many things I have yet to learn -- but he's left here for the taking.


Smoking Fanatic
SMF Premier Member
Joined May 30, 2018
Sad sad news! My sincere sympathy to the family.
I learned a lot from him and he will be missed!

Robert H

Smoke Blower
Joined Nov 29, 2017
Sad news indeed. Thanks for your contributions Pops. I still use Pops brine for my pork hocks and occasionally bacon and pass it along whenever I encounter someone who is just starting out.

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