I missed last weeks post due to life becoming… well life. It was an extremely busy week that involved hospitals, goats and kids, so there was little time to write. This is my tenth post, that’s right, the tenth post, so I didn’t want it to be lame or seem forced. I figured it would be better to skip a week.
This week I will feature J Lee Roy’s barbecue crew as they prepare for an epic weekend of sales at Feather Fiesta days in Oroville CA. Our feather fiesta days draws the entire town to one location for a weekend of food and fun.
The fun for the J Lee Roy’s crew begins weeks in advance. The preparation starts with choosing the right pork butt and ends with various culinary details such as ensuring there are plenty of napkins and enough of that sweet and delicious sauce on hand.
The Friday afternoon before the event Sam the cook of the crew lights the 16 foot Holstein BBQ. It takes about 30 minutes for the BBQ to heat to the temperature that Sam wants. Within ten minutes Sam has 30 pork butts on the grill. He lets the meat cook for 10 hours before he takes the pork off the grill and wraps it in individual pieces of tin foil and places them in an ice chest, without the ice. Even after it has been removed from the grill the pork continues to cook due to the heat that the meat is giving off inside the ice chest and foil. By the time the J Lee Roy’s Crew makes the first sandwich the pork has cooked for about 16 hours.
The J Lee Roy’s station is a flurry of activity on Saturday morning. Crew members are lighting the stove in the mobile sales trailer, setting up shade structures and tables pulling the meat off the bone so that there is hand picked pieces for each delicious sandwich. Once the meat is on the sandwich someone else adds the perfect amount of J Lee Roy’s Dippin Sauce.
After watching all the weeks of preparation, cooking, setup of the event and the tear down and clean up of the event I have a great deal of respect for this crew.
If you live in Northern California you can find J Lee Roy’s Dippin Sauce in the meat department at Raleys, Savemart, Holiday Market, FoodMax and Wagon Wheel Market. It is also in the condiment aisle at Safeway. If you don’t live in the area click the link and order online.