Fellowship and Boston Butt BBQ – Can You Smell It?

In A Christian Life, Family, The Pastor's Blog on March 17, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I haven’t posted anything new since our daughter got married. She and her new husband are doing well, and our grandchildren are excited about moving in to their new digs. It is a time of change for all of us, and quite a new experience, to say the least.

Our church loves to get together for fellowship and fundraisers, and throwing meat on the smokers is one of our favorites. This is the third time we’ve had a Boston Butt BBQ, and each time the people who helped in any way really enjoyed themselves; it’s something we can really sink our teeth in. If you’ve never had Boston Butt BBQ, you really don’t know what you’re missing. It is, without a doubt, some of the best meat I’ve ever eaten.

A friend of mine, and a former church member living in Georgia, first turned me on the the experience of cooking on smokers over ten years ago. When I first got to that little church in East Georgia, my idea was to do something other than the typical chicken dinners so many churches have done for many years. One of the men suggested we smoke Boston Butts and sell them – not dinners or plates – the whole pork roast. A great idea just got better.

The smokers are converted hog feeders which have been modified by adding braces and wire for the meat to sit on. There is an opening on each smoker in order to tend the fire and regulate the heat. Our church has four smokers; if we had four more, we could fill the demand, especially if we cook ribs along with the Boston Butts. One of our customers thought we should cook chickens, too, and that’s not a bad idea.

We start the fires no later than 5:30 in the morning, and are usually done with smoking the meat by 1 in the afternoon. You have to be careful with pork, making sure it’s completely cooked. We use a meat thermometer to ensure those roasts are thoroughly cooked. There’s a motto around here “The meat will be done right or it won’t leave the premises.” Our people just want to do their best when dealing with the public, and I heartily concur.

I suppose the most difficult part of smoking all the meat is maintaining the fires. Once they get going, all we use is a small portion of green oak along with hickory, if it’s available. We don’t season the meat at all – that’s best left up to the individual who takes it home. Waiting on the meat to get done is akin to waiting on the coffee pot to finish brewing. If you’re thirsty, it’s almost torture to wait. Isn’t there an old saying “a watched pot never boils?”

Tickets are pre-sold in so know how much meat to order, and that has worked out well for us. With the four smokers we have, the maximum number of roasts we can smoke is already set. After this last BBQ, we have already figured out the number of slabs we can smoke, too. Are you getting hungry?

The Word of God talks about fellowship in 1 John 1:3-7. It is quite obvious the Lord wants his people to fellowship with each other, and I believe that is lacking in many churches. This is an invitation to encourage one another and to enjoy life together. Webster’s Dictionary defines fellowship as a: community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience b: the state of being a fellow or associate.

1 John 1:3-7: 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

Walking in the Light
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and John do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

My people understand how important it is to have fellowship with one another. We really enjoyed the interaction with those who dropped by the church to pick up their Boston Butt orders, and no one was in a hurry to leave. The Bible also tells us if want friends, we must be friendly. There were people from all walks of life who came by to spend some time with us.

I was pleased some of the guys from “Club Mobil” came by and visited a while, too. There were people from area churches who bought BBQ and when they came by, we talked about the goodness of God and a variety of other subjects. There is something wonderful when people gather around a table to eat – I wish you could have been there.

My friend Larry thought about having me FedEx one of the roasts to his house, but I just don’t think that would have worked very well. One thing this browser is missing is the “smellovision” plugin. The whole neighborhood smelled like pork roast.

  1. Okay, so I get the honor and the privilege to send in the first comment for this post.

    Surprisingly, I could smell the barbecue. In fact, I believe I was even able to taste that delicious, done just right, pork roast. We would use a blend of spicy vinegar, some crushed garlic, Japanese soy sauce, a few drops of fresh lime juice, a dash of rock salt, and a pinch of organic sugar to really enjoy that roast. We would eat it with hot sticky rice topped with chopped, fried garlic.

    And yes, fellowship is so vital, an important ingredient for body life.

    Blessings on your day.

    • Lidia,
      Congratulations on being the first commenter. The way you describe how you would cook those roasts is amazing; it makes my mouth water thinking about it. Even though it was hot around those smokers, none of us really cared, as the fellowship and joy of being there together was so wonderful.

  2. Man oh man, I can smell the BBQ from here in Oklahoma. Thanks for sharing the story about your BBQ. I do have a question though. Which one of the fellas in the pictures is you?

    • Even though the smell of that pork smoking over a hot bed of oak coals was good, it didn’t compare to the flavor as we nibbled on the one that “dropped.” Actually, the ribs suffered the same fate as that one roast. None of the guys in the photos are of yours truly. That may just have been a purposeful omission!

      You know, I didn’t even get a bonus; that must have been an oversight by our current government.

  3. I think you should definitely be in line for a retention bonus. I think I will email my Congressman and put in a good word for you.

    • I just don’t want those in charge to come back for the next BBQ with requirements and regulations they want to put in place. Knowing them, there would have to be three committees, two commissions and twelve oversight czars. On top of that, they would probably regulate language that would change the name “Boston Butt BBQ.” No, that would never happen in America, would it?

  4. […] reading this, just hop in your Learjet and come on over. BTW, I’ll also take some Boston Butt BBQ to share with those unfortunate souls who didn’t buy one a couple of Saturdays ago. […]

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