2016 South Florida Gathering (6th Annual) November 4th-6th PICTURES ADDED

Discussion in 'Events' started by dougmays, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    You're making my mouth water, Al!
  2. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    I hope you can make it, Wayne. Last year was my first gathering and I loved it! Was there for the whole thing and learned a LOT and met a LOT of great people.
  3. nimrod

    nimrod Meat Mopper

    Carol's breakfast sausage was mighty good last year! I am counting down the days. I'm assuming the Saturday smoke what you bring dinner is still on?
    Anyone have a way to contact Doug?
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You can just PM him.


  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wayne.. yes it is camp sites .. it is in Highlands Hammock State Park which is in Sebring... you are more than welcome to come join us ... whether it's for 3 days or only 1.... as Al said there are rooms available near by if you don't wanna camp... I like to camp for the simple reason as to not have to drive after having a few beverages...

    As for Menu's... I don't think we really have gone by one.. just cook what/when you want and go from there...
  6. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    sure Carol... bring a butt and I'll bring my grinder... gonna need some breakfast sausage for sure...
  7. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just a day trip for us but we will be bringing something
  8. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Hey all! I'm super sorry for being out of the loop!! I normally get notifications when people post but thas obviously not been happening! I also started a new.job which has required alot of travelling. I apologize for letting this slide.

    Im actually wrapping up a work dinner in Fort Lauderdale now and heating back to the hotel to jump on these items.

    Wayne check out the sites that Keith mentioned on the previous page. For anyoue who hasn't been before...we have a mixture of tent campers, rv campers and one-dayers. To this point we havent had a hotel-er but hey no judgement :) AC and showers are a nice thing.

    Also there are nice shower and bathroom facilities there.

    More to come very soon! Again sorry for.letting this thread slide a little bit. Been a crazy time in my life the last 6 months

    Looking forward to this as always!!
  9. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Okey doke....again i'm sorry for letting this all linger more than 3 weeks! I've had alot going one in my life. Hopefully i touch on everyone's points and i'l be updating the 1st sticky post with menu and planning info. For some reason the "quote" and "multi-quote" features are messing up for me right now so i had to keep track of comments in a separate file.

    looking forward to the sausage and glad you can make it this year!!


    Keith (@JckDanls 07) makes these great charcoal chimney stands! Are you planning on coming to the Gathering?

    i was in Broward for 8 years and started this during that time, more people where a little more north at the time so we started at one place and evolved from there. I’m currently in North Florida with the farthest drive of Florida folks. You’re still welcome to join!

    Some people camp in tents, some people own/rent/borrow RV’s, and some are one-dayers. We’ve never had hotel-ers but everyone loves some AC and Showers! If you look at the previous page @JckDanls 07 has posted some of the open spots if you want to get one of them for yourself. We also have plenty of camping room on some of the tent and TV rentals we can all share! We have all shared space pretty well in the past!

    By the way shower and bathroom facilities at Highland Hammock are pretty nice!

    @SmokinAl Brisket Chili sounds amazing!!!

    Generally on Saturday is our "big meal day"...so bring whatever you want for that. Any volunteers for Breakfast's Friday, Saturday and Sunday? I'm not a big breakfast person but i can contribute foods for those meals :)

    Extracurricular Activities

    In the past we have done sausage and snack stick making. In my opinion its been a love hate relationship with that due to time and resources but at the end of the weekend everyone is happy with the end product. Ill donate 4 butts for it if the group wants to do it.

    Games - I will have cornhole, Keith generally brings cornhole and ring toss. If anyone has any others they want to bring like horseshoes, poker, ect let us know!

    I'm going to do a demo on using the A-Maze-N cold smokers that forum member @TJohnson makes and always graciously donates to our Gathering! We'll also be giving away the smokers he's given us for the demo after! I believe Jeramy (@jarjarchef) has some ideas for cooking demos as well. He and I need to meet up about this soon.

    Menus! Check page one at the top!

    I'l be checking this thread atleast a couple times a week for now on. Sorry for any lack of momentum i've caused. We are all going to have a great time!
  10. bobcats110

    bobcats110 Fire Starter

  11. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    That's fine @bobcats110  ! Single day on Saturday is perfectly fine, we'd love to have you!
  12. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Alot of updates on Page 1...until tomorrow, good night :)
  13. Sounds like we are getting things going... I'll put in that I will have a fatty or two and a chicken for Saturday, with some snacks for during the day.  
  14. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Sounds good buddy! You and the wife staying the night this year or just coming for the day?
  15. Only me, Ang has to work. I'm coming down Friday night and staying till Sunday mid morning.
  16. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    ok.. so far... I'm gonna do my maple bourban ham for Friday night...
  17. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Sounds good @EGA-Q  it'll be good to throw some drinks back around the bonfire with ya!

    Keith i'll update the first page, that Ham is awesome! 

    I know last year a lot of the ladies were making breakfast stuff, if yall are gonna do that again this year let me know and we can properly organize that. I'm not a big breakfast person but i have no problem brining eggs or bacon to pitch in for that cause :) 

    Getting excited!
  18. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    just giving this a bump :)

    @carol506  and @nimrod  just wanted to make sure y'all saw the updates 
  19. carol506

    carol506 Smoke Blower

    We are planning on doing a brisket one day. Can bring John's family "secret" Coney chili recipe for Thursday, someone can bring bind and fogs. Also can bring a pork butt got breakfast sausage.
  20. carol506

    carol506 Smoke Blower

    That should read byo buns and dogs on Thursday.

    So far we will have brisket for Friday, pork butt for breakfast sausage. Also does anyone want ghost pepper jelly? Or hot, hot pepper jelly?

    I will be happy to help cook breakfast each day and assist where needed. Learned so much last year.

    Our friends, Gene and Lois are planning on joining us again this year.

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