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Friday BBQ Spotify 8/30/13

No Comments31 August 13:09


We Can Do It


First of all, I’m just like most of you when it comes to Labor Day. Oh, not The Celebration of the American Worker part. It’s a terrific holiday with a great idea behind it. It’s just that, yes – it’s the last weekend of summer. Woe is all of us. Back to school for some. Back to work for others. No more driving vacations this year for most of you outside California. Soon the death knell for me and summer will come – the end of Daylight Savings Time. When you drive to work it will be dark. And when you drive home from work it will be, yes – dark. Baseball season – yes, that one – America’s pastime – will soon be done. And after this weekend – no more barbecues for the year.


Pit in the Rain


WHAT? Who started that crazy idea? I’m convinced that it’s just hardware stores with too many barbecue grills and pits in inventory. Besides, does some mysterious padlock drop out of the sky and seal off your grill or pit after Labor Day weekend? Certainly doesn’t happen to ours. You going to let a little rain or snow, a little darkness and otherwise gloomy weather bother you? Yes, the bikinis and board shorts might be stored away for now, but look at what we have to look forward to until May comes around again. Football. Hockey. Basketball. Ice skating down a frozen river (Ever been to Ottowa? It’s awesome.) or fishing through a frozen lake. Walking down a beautiful ice-cold beach for hours. Without seeing a soul. Living in Texas and after months of excruciating heat and humidity, feeling the clarity of that first fall cold front. I miss that feeling. And what’s with this The End of Barbecue thing? Has everyone forgotten that most fires are lit during the fall and winter? Why not use ‘em for cooking something? You can sure count on us to do that after Labor Day. We’ll be smoking ribs if it rains all day. We’ll be smoking briskets if it snows all night. Even so, I get the whole summer’s ending situation. But let’s not lament this whole thing – let’s celebrate! I’ve put together my go-to Top Ten Man I’m Happy Let’s Rock the Place Apart music list. Besides – remember parents, the kids are going back to school. And someone else gets to watch over them during the day. Woo hoo!! Yes, it’s the end of summer, and we’re just getting warmed up. Have a blast this Labor Day weekend everyone. When you go back to work, we’ll be firing up the pit. And we’ll still be doing it next May. And beyond.



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Mark is the Business Manager and resident “Smokologist” for Tex Howard’s Pit-Smoked Bar-B-Que. He loves his girls, the San Francisco Giants, the great states of California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, and any food that’s been smoked.

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