weekend away!

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by kiska95, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic


    I wonder if you boys in the higher echelons of this wonderful BBQ fantasy world can give a bit of a heads up to us new starters out there.

    In the "other" BarberVoldermotQ (he that should not be named) forum I asked if they were any informal "get togethers" so people like me could garner info and learn the magic art from the more experienced BBQ wizards and got Nada. Wade graciously came back by PM and mentioned that a meeting of the SMF bbq magic circle is being held in the hidden woodlands at Woodhall Spa and is taking place on the 31st July.

    Now being shy and bashful[​IMG]  I wondered if its......................

    1. Special invite only? And if invited is it..

    2. Casual shorts and flip-flop's or BBQ black tie and apron?

    3. If you cant transport any BBQ cooking gear what would you bring?

    4. Whilst dipping your bread in another mans gravy may be OK for some what can one contribute rather than freeloading?

    5. I have see some of your me and you's and fear that you have all gone to great expense to put the show on the road so if an invitation is proffered what is etiquette to bring? meat, charcoal, booze or contribute a few sheckles to alleviate some of the financial burden?

    looking forward to your advices[​IMG]
  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Brian

    If the BBQ weekend requires a black tie then that counts me out. Danny, I know that you are probably confused at this point but I will explain to you what a "tie" is later. 

    It is definitely a shorts and t-shirt event - flips-flops are optional though. All contributing members on here are invited and so are their other halves.

    The format of the event is roughly...

    Most are turning up on the Friday but others may just attend for the Saturday. We all share some wine and beer and, either get to know each other for the first time, or catch up from last year.

    It is a celebration of all things BBQ. It is not a competition. Some of us cook on the day and others bring things that were prepared in advance. Several of us bring BBQs/smokers and so if you cannot bring your own then let us know in advance and we can free up some space for you.

    We try to get a good mix of foods - beef, pork, chicken, fish etc and a good selection of sides. We would all like a good variety of dishes and so we try to coordinate in advance. If we do get some duplicate then that isn't a problem, but we want to ensure that we done end up with a feast entirely consisting of chicken wings and potato salad.

    We all muck in during the day on Saturday and get things cooking / prepared, ready for a shared table feast at around 4pm - by which time quite a bit of wine and beer will probably have been consumed.

    If you cannot contribute to the food then a contribution to the refreshments stock would be good too. 

    Some of us bring the tables, chairs, gazebos, refrigerated trailer etc so they are covered.

    You are very welcome if you can make it and we are just there to enjoy a selection of good food and share experiences with friends.


  3. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi Wade

    Thank you very much Wade it would be a pleasure to "meat" all of you and thanks for the explanation no doubt others will pick up on this thread and have a little more info.

    The only other Ties I know of are Hog, Bolo and Texas hold em?

    I've got the time off work and my neighbour/best mate and BBQ nut is "Tight Arse Terry" (from Portsmouth, all gob and tattoo's !Lol!) said he might make the trip too (skinny wives not into BBQ just wine!!!!!!!) so we may just show with a few surprises.


  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most of the wives who attend are not into it either and are there under sufferance - and to keep us under control [​IMG]
  5. osprey2

    osprey2 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Seems reasonable, some of us need controlling. Really gutted I have to work, waving to those off to the sun at 03:00 all weekend.
  6. TIE???  What tha HE**??  Waitin for your PM Wade.  Me make fire!  Me cook meat!!

    Brian!  Bring your arse up here for the weekend!  I'll get you a beer and Wade can show you some tricks on smoking meat.  I hear he makes good burgers and sausages and that his cucumber sandwiches "are to die for".  You now the ones,  in little triangles with the crust cut off.  He is a bit obsessive, compulsive.  He does insist that if you are having a cup of tea you MUST stick your little finger out.  We love him anyway.  Bless him.

  7. osprey2

    osprey2 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Danny waiting for food last year

    Just give me my rocking chair Ethan !!
  8. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Brian, sorry I have been missing lots of threads lately, got the old problem back where I am not getting my Daily Update Email.

    Right here we go, http://www.uk-smf.co.uk

    This is a link to UK-SMF a, it's just a website set up for info on the weekend.

    Get yourself up here, would be great to meet.

    Wade has already filled you in on "Etiquette"

    Smokin Monkey
  9. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the invite guys
  10. Oh, now this sounds interesting. I've checked the campsite and the bookings form says fully booked 😞.

    Although until I check the diary (her who must be obeyed), I don't actually know if we're free this weekend. Looks good fun though, especially for a noobs like me.
  11. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi just phoned the site and they said they have plenty avaiabilty still, if you have problem call them on 01526 3537107, they will sort you out!

    Smokin Monkey
  12. Thanks Smokin'

    I'm stuck in an exam room so couldn't use a phone.

    Fingers crossed the other half has nothing arranged.

    Although she's a non meat eater (okay with fish and seafood), so she may not be interested.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2015
  13. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    She will be well catered for, I know from the menus that Wades doing Smoked Salmon hot and cold.

    Smokewood is doing Cedar Plank Salmon and Stuffed Peppers.

    Tell her, that this is a great chance for you to learn New Techniques so you can cook her the things she likes (reverse psychology)
  14. The seed has been planted and she seems interested ☺.

    Further update to follow 😉
  15. The folks at the camp site are VERY helpful.  Just let them know you are here for the smokers weekend and they will help sort you.  Of course they also get an invite to the Saturday "feast".  Keep Smokin!

  16. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi just a quicky where is the rendezvous point at the campsite?
  17. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes. As you arrive, ask at the gate where Danny's pitch is and they will tell you. We have reserved an adjacent pitch for use as SMF Smoking Central. Once you get yourself settled in, make your way across and make yourself known. Danny and Annette will be there from Thursday and he will have a UK Smokers banner somewhere near his caravan. Not everyone will be located together, some of us will be in other parts of the site. It isn't a massive site though and no pitches will be more than a two minute walk away.
  18. We are booked into the site. Arriving Friday, departing Sunday.

    Now all I need to decide on is what a noob who's only used his smoker once is going to cook :grilling_smilie:
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2015
  19. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pick something that you would like to try to cook and we can give you some help and advice as you smoke it for the first time. You may want to let us know what it is in advance though [​IMG]
  20. Thanks Wade. I'll have a think Thumbs Up

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