2015 South Florida Gathering (5th Annual) November 13th-15th

Discussion in 'Events' started by dougmays, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Here we go again Ladies and Gentleman! The 5th annual South Florida Gathering. We always have a great time and anyone on the forum (from anywhere) is more then welcome to join in the fun! Last year we had a bunch of newcomers to the group as well as many returning members!

    Let's make this year the best one yet! And to entice y'all...i'm gonna SMOKE A PIG! Also we are adding a Cocktail Competition compliments of @Tiki Guy's Idea!

    What say ya @JckDanls 07@Rubbin Butts  @Tiki Guy@jarjarchef  @boykjo  @OrlandoSmoKing  @Rob63  @nimrod  @Ballplayerlc  


    Highlands Hammock Park
    5931 Hammock Road
    Sebring, Florida 33872
    (863) 386-6094

    We all book our sites in the same little area so that we have a whole section to ourselves (map to be posted soon). Book early if you'd like to be in our section. If you would rather camp separate that is also fine. Many nice primitive and RV spots with power and water!


    Name# of GuestsSite NumberArrival DayNotesCompetition(s)
    Doug (@dougmays)  80Thur-Sunday    
    David (@Sota D)  138Thur-Sunday    
    Ron (@Rubbin Butts)  89,88Thur-Sunday    
    Keith (@JckDanls 07)  87Thur-Wed    
    Craig (@nimrod)  78      
    Jeramy (@jarjarchef)  134      
    Don (@OrlandoSmoKing)  75      
    @nepas1  Fri OR Sat    
    @FloridaSteve1  Fri-Sun    
    @EGA-Q    Sat    
    @Van Holton


    The Official dates are November 13-15 but your welcome to come early or stay later. Many do!

    Saturday is usually our "Main Day"..where we do most of the cooking, conversating, hangout, etc....we like to add some friendly competition in the mix as well. This year we'll behaving the following competitions: Sauce (to be served with the pig at dinner time), Something Special (Any side item, appetizer, or whatever else you like to make as a side or snack), Dessert, and Cocktail (get creative and show off your mixology skills). Not big on competing but want to make something anyway? Do it! :)

    Please let me know which category and item you'd like to cook/compete with:


    Just a little organization to food being cooked this year as we have more people then we have in the past

    Thursday - approx 7-8 attendees


    - Beer Can Chickens (Keith - 2, I can also donate another 2 from my freezer if we need more)

    - BBQ Baked Beans (Carol)

    Friday  (The jerky and cold smoking day?) - approx 10-12 attendees


    - Bacon (Doug)

    - Homefries (Doug)


    - How about we bring fixins for fancy smoke sandwiches (smoked turkey sliced up? French Dip? Pastrami sammies? thoughts?)


    - Maple Bourbon Ham (Keith)

    - Smoked Baked Bean (I can do this or if the award winning Don @OrlandoSmoKing  want to take the lead on it he can)

    - Smoked/Grilled Chicken wings (rob and doug)

    Saturday  (The Main day) - approx 20+ attendees


    - Sausage, Eggs and pancakes (keith, I can also donate so more eggs since we have alot of people coming)


    - Pulled Pork (Don's Friends)

    - Grilled Shrimp (David)


    - Whole Pig Pickin'

    - Corn bread casserole

    - @EGA-Q's side dish


    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
  2. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    I'm in! As soon as I see the campsite map, I'll book. Thanks, been looking forward to this! Saw thread with pics from last year-looks like a blast! David.
  3. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Awesome David! Glad to have ya!
  4. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    By the way for any newcomers to this...as this thread grows i'l constantly be updated Attendee Info on the first post in this so you can always refer back to Page 1 for information instead of scrolling through 10 pages of posts :)
  5. tiki guy

    tiki guy Smoking Fanatic

    NICE !       ( thanks for the heads  up ) as soon as the info is posted ...we WILL book  ............let me know when it posted 

    Thanks Doug !    

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015
  6. nimrod

    nimrod Meat Mopper


     Count us in! We had a great time last year.

  7. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    well ok then.... Craig thanks for bumping this up so I could see it... I'm already fired up for the N. Fl. Gathering coming up next month... Would be great to see y'all come to that one as well.... PLENTY of free camping room there ...

    Sign us up for 3 (probably be more by the time it gets here) ... Excited already ...
  8. Great Doug, I'm so looking forward to it after missing last year.

    I already booked site 89 for my RV and site 88 for the gathering site.

    Booked both from Thursday thru Sunday.
  9. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Great! Thanks for booking the group site. I've booked 80 Right across from the community site. 

    Here is a map of the campground and highlighted the sites that Ron, Keith and myself have booked. I'll have a tent on my site and will gladly share that space with another tent. 

    Here is a direct link to the reservation site for anyone who needs it

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2015
  10. Sounds like fun, I know y'all will have a great time

  11. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    So you're going to make the trip this year @gary s?  :)
  12. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    Sounds fun, but this is not South Florida! Almost 3 hours north and west of me! 
  13. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Haha your right @bigd3077  ....Another member and I started this gathering when i was in fort lauderdale and he was just north of WPB....i've moved back to gainesville and over the years we kept the name but moved slightly north. It's worth the trip though! It's 2.5hours south of me
  14. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    I see. Yes, it is central Florida. Still a ways away. Maybe it would be something different for me to do besides going to the Keys. 
  15. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Site 87 from Thur. 12th until Wed. 18th ...
  16. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead


    Man this is the fastest growing one yet! This might be the big one!
  17. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Should we start a bet on how many times Don (@OrlandoSmoKing) has viewed this thread already and not responded? And when he'll actually pop out of the shadows and RSVP :)
  18. nimrod

    nimrod Meat Mopper

    Ann & I have site 78. Right now we have reserved 11/12-15 that might change as we get closer.

     Looking forward to this event!

  19. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm off that 3 day weekend but its too early for me to make a commitment and a reservation. I wont know till june or july. At least the truck will be ready. Having the transmission and differential rebuilt next week for the trip to the NFLG

  20. tiki guy

    tiki guy Smoking Fanatic

    Mrs. Tiki Guy will book in the morning .......................................................    Very Excited ......... Hopefully the new RV arrives in time ....

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