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Smokers For Soldiers

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by tjohnson, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    With the Holidays coming up and so many of our Men and Women in the Military still overseas, I thought the members of SMF could make a small difference.

    I've thought about this for awhile, and decided to offer a 6x6 A-MAZE-N-SMOKER incl. (3) 1# Pkgs. A-MAZE-N-DUST in "Exchange" for a box filled with items from the list below, requested by Men and Women in our Military.

    I'll offer (10) smokers for "Exchange"

    There are (2) Parts to my offer, so PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

    I'll try to post a PDF or Word.doc of the list for download, but for now you could "Cut & Paste" the list into Word or Notepad.



    Part 1 - The Exchange

    I will send you (1) 6x6 A-MAZE-N-SMOKER incl. (3) 1# Pkgs. of Sawdust, shipped to your address.  You fill a USPO Large Flat Rate Box(Approx.12"x12"x6" & costs $14.70) with items from the list below and ship to my address After I receive your box, your A-MAZE-N-SMOKER and Sawdust will be shipped.  I'll also post pics of the items you sent, and ship the box to a Military Man or Woman in Part 2.   Items can be purchased from Target, Walmart, Dollar Store, Etc.  Place all liquid items in ZipLoc bags and DO NOT send aerosol cans.  Send me a PM if you're interested in an "Exchange" and we can work out the details.

    Part 2 - Military Men & Women

    I am asking for members to forward the names of a family member or friend in the Military, who may need a "Care Package" sent to themPlease have the correct shipping info and I would prefer "You" personally contact the soldier as they may have a request for personal items.   PM me and we can work out the details.

    This list was compiled from a number of different lists I found on the internet.  This is in no way a complete list of items requested by our Military.  Items must be individual, sample size or individually wrapped.  No products containing aerosol  can be shipped.  Several items can be packed in sealed zip-lock sandwich size baggies for shipping.

    Fun Items:

    Short stories

    Playing cards

    Stationary & Envelopes with stamps

    Puzzle Books & Word Puzzles


    Articles (Sports/Comics/Community News)

    Phone Calling card (international)

    Food Items:

    Seasonings & Spices - ex: Mrs. Dash, A1 or Hot Sauce

    BBQ Sauce

    Beef Jerky

    Protein Power packets

    Protein Bars

    Meal Replacement bars (Tiger's Milk)

    Hard Candy (Jolly Rangers/Life savers)

    Gummy worms/bears

    Jelly Beans & Hard Candy

    Powered Gatorade, Kool-Aid - anything to make the water taste better

    Microwave popcorn

    Fun breakfast cereal bars

    Packaged cookies individual (sugar/chocolate chip)


    Ground coffee

    Trail mix (small packets)

    Anna's fruits & nuts packets (from Costco)

    Dried fruit

    Pringles chips

    Small Packages Chips

    Handi-snacks crackers (peanut butter & crackers, etc.)

    Granola bars

    Turkey jerky

    Bread sticks

    Chewing gum

    Chewing gum to clean teeth

    Tic Tacs

    Personal Hygiene:

    Deoderant/Anti perspirant

    Tooth paste (sample size)

    Disposable toothbrushes

    Dental floss



    Foot/body powder

    Mach III Razor refills

    Disposable Razors


    Insect Repellant

    Toilet seat covers

    Toilet Paper (10 sheets or small package)


    Black socks

    Cheap electric razors with batteries

    Disposable camera

    Sanitary wipes/Baby wipes (personal size or placed in small sealed baggies)

    Hygiene items for women

    This is by no means a complete list of all the items being requested.  You can be creative with items you think will help our Men and Women in the Military, but please use “Common Sense”.

    Greeting card/letter to recipient in an unsealed envelope. You may include a personal note signed by your group or by the individual's first name only. DO NOT include your last name or address for security reasons.

    Our specific guidelines are directly from the military channels we have the privilege to serve. Let's all follow them so we are a blessing to our service personnel.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010
  2. bmudd14474

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

    Thats a awesome offer Todd.
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Hi Todd,

    Can I get in?  If so I will get you a package out this week..
  4. smokingjhawk

    smokingjhawk Fire Starter

    I'm in !!!

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  5. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Very nice idea Todd.

    We send care packages to our son often.  He is stationed in a small country on the gulf.  My wife does things like dehydrate and vacuum seal food, such as humus, vegetarian chili, home made cup-o-soup.  They ship light weight, and keep well in the hot climate. 

    She has also done a recipe that takes dry roasted nuts, soaks them in hot sauce [Shiroka (sp?), aka rooster sauce] and then dehydrates them to dry them out.  Turns out pretty good.  Vacuums them for shipment.

    Where he is deployed now, the calling card does not work -- but Skype does!  For about $30 he can call any cell phone or land line in the US.   Couple of years ago he was in Iraq and the only calling card he could use there was ATT (we bought one from Sam's for him).

    Chocolate cookies do not fare too well in the heat.  Other cookies can easily arrive as cookie crumbs unless packed extremely well.
  6. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    That's great Todd. I'm working on my third and forth box right now myself. 
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  7. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome Idea!!! Also if you already have an amazen smoker like me you can still get in to help our soldiers.

    Just give the smoker package away as a Christmas gift to spread the gift of smoking! And to support one of our own...the newest member of the OTBS club

    Todd Johnson!

  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like Beer-B-Q and smokingjhawk are in for the "Exchange".....THANKS GUYS!

    My first "Care Package" was going to be sent to Stacks, a fellow SMF member, who is stationed in Kuwait.  Check out his posts on SMF.  I PM'd him and made the offer, but he declined because his tour is ending and will be home for Christmas.  Now, how can you beat that!

    Stacks gave some great ideas and that's why I'm asking members to nominate a relative or friend who may need a "Care Package" sent to them.

    Mike and Dale, What supplies have you guys sent?  I'll add them to the list.


    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Thanks Todd for doing a great thing for our troops and for everyone supporting them.  We adopt a military family every year for Christmas and it is truly heartwarming to be able to help.
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great idea Todd !

    One box could actually brighten the day of a whole Squad, or even a Platoon!

    I enjoy posts from Stacks too---Good guy!

  11. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very very gesture Todd!!! I love the idea.
  12. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Some of the things we have sent to our son:

    finger nail clip

    emory board

    bottle of hot sauce (habanero)

    toliet paper

    microwave popcorn

    ziplock bags

    packages of Indian foods from the store.

    ball point pens.

    travel packets of kleenex.


    boxes of assorted band-aids

    jar of peanut butter

    crackers of various kinds

    dehydrated foods:

    apple slices

    mango slices



    bean salad


    vegetarian chili

    "rooster" nuts

    The dehydrated foods are nice because they are light to ship, keep well, and re-hydrate without much trouble.

    Hummus is very good -- we make our own with various flavorings.  He can re-hydrate a little or a lot at a time.

    The chili, the soups, and the popcorn require a microwave.  That is something that he has at his current station, but would not be available to troops who are downrange.

    He also has access to Wi-fi internet connection, hence the ability to use Skype to call home.  Soldiers downrange would not have that until they came back to base.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  13. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Someone asked me for the rooster nuts recipe.  Here it is:

    MMMMM----- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
          Title: Rooster Hot Peanuts
     Categories: Dehydrator, Tested
          Yield: 16 Oz
          3 c  Dry roasted peanuts
               (whole 16 oz jar)
        1/2 c  Water
        1/4 c  Hot pepper sauce **
            ds Salt before dehydrating
      ** You can use what ever hot sauce you like. Our best results were
      from Sriracha hot chili sauce, also known as rooster sauce.  We have
      tried Crystals and Tabasco and did not like them as much.
      Place nuts in a 7 x 11 inch flat glass pan.  In measuring cup combine
      the water and hot sauce.  Mix well.  Pour over nuts. Stir every 30
      minutes to ensure even distribution of sauce.  Let marinate total of
      2 hours. Right before placing on dehydrator sprinkle nuts lightly
      with salt.
      Spread nuts evenly on regular dehydrating drying trays - do not
      overload each tray - spread to a single layer. (I have a Nesco
      dehydrator and one batch will use two of the trays)
      Dry in an electric dehydrator at 145 degrees for 10 hours -OR- until
      nuts are crunchy. Nuts will be more crunchy after they cool down but
      you want there to be a crunch while they are still warm.
      Store in an air tight container or vacuum seal.
      Tested often and included in Care Packages to our son with the Army

      in the mideast.
  14. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    Thanks alot for the recipe!  Love these things.
  15. cheesehead

    cheesehead Fire Starter

    Count me in as well!!
  16. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I need some help finding Men and Women in the Military who could use a "Care Package" from home.

    Please PM me if you have a person in-mind!!


  17. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Todd, sorry for the delay. I have been busy at work and went out to Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City and walk around and read the markers. I do this every year. Here's what I've sent so far #1 and #2. I have #3 boxed and gonna fill another this week and get them sent off for T-day hopefully. #4 will be all spaghetti ingredients and some frisbees. Just remember dont sent toiletries and food unless you vacuum pack the food. Nothing like Brut flavored jerky to ruin your day. You can use the large flat rate box if they are out of FPO/APO boxes, same size. I have a troop of 100 living in tents with minimal and trying to help them keep active. GBOT's!

     PACKAGE #1
    2 RAZORS 10 PACK
    4 TAFFY
    3 DVD'S

    PACKAGE #2
    24 HOTSAUCE 3 OZ.
    2 DVD'S
    3 GUM

    PACKAGE # 3
    6 JELLO
    10 SALAMI
    4 JERKY
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2010
  18. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome Job Mike!

    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  19. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I just realized this. 11/13/1942 was the day the five sullivan bros turned blue star to gold.

  20. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am in, There are a lot of soldiers at Walter Reed that can use these.  You can send them to the Ward and the nurses will help in getting the stuff out.  If you have questions pm me