Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Peace Corps of Pork

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 7:31 AM

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When tragedy befalls a neighbor like the recent tornadoes that ravaged Northern Alabama, what's a self-respecting pitmaster to do?

Frequent Bites commenter and competition barbecue smoker Rob Marlow asked himself that question a few weeks ago, and came up with the answer. What you do is hook up your smoker to the back of the Ulika-mobile and get your butts down to Alabama to start slow-cooking some pork and handing out some sammiches!

540 gallons of H2O
  • 540 gallons of H2O
Since Rob is too self-effacing to brag on himself, I'll do it for him. Along with other members of the Ulika BBQ team, Rob formed The BBQ Skillet Brigade, who distributed 540 gallons of water, cases of diapers and sanitary supplies and over 350 barbecue sandwiches to the affected residents of Phil Campbell, Ala., and the relief workers who are helping with cleanup. That's over 140 pounds of pork butts that went to feed the recovery effort. As Rob said on the team's Facebook page, "When a guy takes a break from raking up his belongings to eat a sandwich and drink a Gatorade — I just hope that we were able to take one worry off his plate."

The BBQ Skillet Brigade wasn't the only group to assist the residents of the war zone that once was Phil Campbell; apparently there is a society of men (and one woman) named Phil Campbell who convene for a bizarre convention on occasion. Rather than taking over the cocktail lounge of some Ramada somewhere for this year's assemblage, the group has committed to visit their namesake town in June and assist in the recovery efforts. It may only be 23 rather odd people, but every Phil counts!

So kudos to all-around nice guy Rob and the whole BBQ Skillet Brigade as well as to the Phils. After so many of us benefited from the kindness of strangers after last year's flooding in Nashville, it's great to see us extending the helping hand to our friends to the south.

Rob Marlow-the good guy in the black hat
  • Rob Marlow-the good guy in the black hat

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