It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we had the first Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ.
We had another one in St. Louis in 2011 and our first gathering in Las Vegas in 2012. A return to Las Vegas gathering was postponed earlier this year (2020) due to the pandemic. We’re hoping to do the Vegas get together next year.
I’ve gotten together with a group in Georgia a few times over the years and have met a few more people in my travels around the country over the years.
The first Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ was held 9 years ago, today, September 4, 2010. Anthony N came to St. Louis from the farthest location, Idaho. Several came from Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio and Illinois.
We did BABBQ II in St. Louis in 2011 with about the same number of attendees. In 2012 a group gathered for B&P Goes to Fabulous Las Vegas but we can’t talk about that because as you know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
We’re planning a B&P Returns to Las Vegas in April of 2020. We’d love to have you join us there! More info on that here.
The 2ndBits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ will take place 2 weeks from Saturday! If you want a BABBQ T-shirt then I need to hear from you this weekend. We’ll be ordering shirts on Monday. You can still register after that, but you probably won’t get a T-shirt. If you can’t make it but want to order a shirt anyway, you can. The cost is $10 (including shipping)
See the BABBQ page to register and for more information.
The second BABBQ will take place on July 9, 2011 in St. Louis MO.
Last year the BABBQ expenses were $1,149 and I collected $607, so I’m going to charge $5 more for adults this year and try to plan the food a little better. We just had waaaay too much food left over. All other prices will remain the same. I don’t want to make money on this but would like to not have to pay half the cost.
Details can be found on the BABBQ II page. I pretty much copied the same info I used last year just changed the date and a couple other things. You can register to attend on a link from that page. You must register and pay in advance in order to attend.
What a wonderful weekend with some pretty awesome people. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the weekend gathering for B&P readers here in St. Louis. The only thing that could have made it better was if more people had shown up. I believe the ones that did make it had a great time. We had about a dozen from out of town and a few from the local area. When you throw in my family and friends, some of who read but rarely comment, we ended up with about 40 people. In some ways a smaller group is nice because you can spend more time talking to some people, but I was hoping for more.
It’s amazing how you can get to know people before you actually meet them. Any when you do meet them it’s like you’re meeting an old friend you hadn’t seen in a while. It was just very, very comfortable. I appreciate that people would pack up and drive, or fly, hundreds of miles to attend a function like this.
A few notes….. We put together a B&P Trivia Quiz. It had questions like…. What is the B&P motto, What’s the name of my motorcycle ,What was my aunts name in Florida among others. Today I was just going through the answer sheets. One of the questions was “How old is Jonco?” Nick (aka Mr. Meee) answered 74. Meee, would you slap him for me?
Gus was the hit of the party. I had to check Ariane’s purse when she left to make sure she didn’t kidnap him. 🙂 Someone else offered to trade his prize in the Let’s Make A Big Ass Deal game for Gus.
Food: We had waaaaay to much of it…. or you guys didn’t eat enough. Thanks to Dan and Dave for their all day efforts providing us with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, ribs, one inch thick pork steaks, toasted ravioli, smoked salmon bites, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, gooey butter cookies and cakes, plus much more.
Thanks to all who helped out: Pat, Krisgo & Seth, Dave, Dan, Mike & Pat, Janet & Dawn, Gail & Mike, my grandkids, Kaitie, Seth, Vince and Logan. Without you guys I couldn’t have done this.
A couple of special messages: While we were there and posing for a group picture we made a couple of special messages to a couple of people who couldn’t make it. I had to enhance the lettering on the signs for readability. You can click the photos to enlarge them.
The First Ever Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ is over… and I’m exhausted. What a great group of people and what a great time. We had an enjoyable night at Fast Eddies Friday night. At the BBQ we had excellent food. Hats off to my son Dave and friend Dan who created a superb day of St. Louis style food, everything from salmon to toasted ravioli, to ribs to pork steaks and good old corn on the cob. We couldn’t have asked for a better weather day…. thanks to Anthony (ALN), who brought down some great weather from Idaho.
I’ll post more pictures tomorrow today, but I’ve got to get some sleep. It’s past midnight.