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Outstanding, excellent, exceptional, great! All
good adjectives to describe the meeting party we had on
March 28 at Bamboobei. I have to hand it to Garry Howard
and Raul Gonzalez for making that happen. I have taken
calls from members all day and I say Hats off to Raul
and Garry for great one. They earned the title of
Party Masters. Now I have to hand it to
our members and guest that brought in such delicious
side dishes. It was so difficult to pick a single winner
that we honored 3 great dishes.
Elizabeth Blanc won the dessert category.
W. Paul Gundry got top honors for his world famous Baked
Beans, always a hit with me when Paul has me over for
ribs, and who let the dogs out? Ole president himself
won the King of Sides official crown, pig nose and
beads. I guess he really can cook!
Side Dishes included:
Hot Spicy Jamaican Rice
& Peas, Tabole Arabic Salad, Bob?s bean dip and home
grown Banana bread, Yuca Mashed, Jack Daniels coconut
flan, Habas a la Criolla, Fudge cake, bean salad, Ten
Layer Salad, Potato Salad, Ice Cream & Chocolate
fudge topping, Layered potatoes, w/ cheese & cream,
Manakish, Cheese Corn Bread, Spinach parmesan balls,
deviled eggs, Cole slaw with blue cheese, Grilles
We had 89 guest and members of 96 who had confirmed
and served an additional 16 meals to the truck drivers,
the police, & the wait staff of Bamboobei with a few
racks of ribs going home with a few folks at the end of
We also had a few very nice and interesting guests
from the British Common Wealth Society came. We have
several new members join that evening too.
Please welcome our newest members Luis Rubio and
family, Michael Holland & Randall Butt owner of the
Brick House Restaurant in Old San Juan. Look out
people I here Randall is fielding a team this year in
the BBQ Competitions and I know he?s pretty good. Carlos
Lsalde, Alexis Arroyo, Kamil Assad, John & Connie
Emery & David Kenwery.
I have got to say it was a pleasure to stand around
all day and watch the master at work getting those ribs
ready to eat. We started at 8am. The truck
pulling Raul's Southern
Yankee concession trailer arrived and the generator
and smoker trailer were put into place. We fired up the
A/C unit and got "Ready to Rumble baby!"
Hey how about those two guys from Carbon De La Matta!
You couldn?t ask for two better BBQ loving people to
back the association every month with great carbon, say
thanks to Edwin Cruz and Elvin Pagan by picking up a
couple of bags every time you need carbon for your fire
and don?t forget those fire starter candles without the
disgusting lighter fluid odor and flavor. We put the
Carbon De La Matta in the firebox and Raul fired it up.
While the box heated up we stripped of the membrane of
the backside of the ribs and then rubbed those puppies
with Garry?s famous award winning BBQ dry rub.
When the smoker reached 275 degrees we started
packing in the ribs and throwing in some Hickory wood
for smoke flavor. There were so many ribs that we had to
do it two batches. Garry cranked up the heat a little to
300, I know he would have rather super slow smoked them
but time was his enemy Tuesday and we pushed it a
About 3 pm we got a chance to slop on some
sauce and get a sample of the ribs to come that
night. We found some that were fairly tender and
after sucking those rib bones clean decided that another
hour was better so we let it smoke till 4pm.
At 4 pm we had a change of guard so to speak.
We took out the cooked ribs and refilled the smoker for
batch #2. Garry slathered on some Love Potion #9 BBQ
Sauce and stored the cooked ribs in containers while the
second batch smoked on.
We all owe a great amount of thanks to CBBQA members
Raul Gonzalez and his wife Maggie. Raul has always said
he was there for the CBBQA anytime we needed and when we
saw that 100 people had confirmed we knew this rib fest
wasn?t going to happen unless Raul and Maggie could give
us a hand and bring out the big smoker.
Well as soon as Raul got the call he was all over it
like sauce on ribs. He came through like a storm
trooper. Raul & Maggie, from all of us that
enjoyed that dinner we owe it to your generosity and
sprit of giving for the BBQ Association. God bless
BBQ & Raul & Maggie too.
There was a lot of information to be put out at the
meeting. Two BBQ competitions on the schedule for
May and June and of course the Judges Certification
class May 6th at Bamboobei. Hey don?t forget space will
be limited and certified judges will be used this year
at all competitions so register early. Get an
application off the web page or contact Hector Rivera
and he can get you and application and
Most important we have appointed a Board of Directors
who is all dedicated to seeing that the Caribbean BBQ
Association accomplishes it?s short and long term goals.
You can expect to see some real cool things happening
over the next 90 days.
- President / Mike Compton
- Vice / President Dave Bennett
- Secretary / Helen Jo Ivy
- Sergeant at Arms / Colin Bengall
- Treasurer / Diane Forsythe Gundry
- Membership / Joselyn Villarroel & Colin
- Web Page / Garry Howard
- Hector Rivera / Director &Team Liaison
- Mike Thomas / Director & Meat Inspector
- Julio Sanchez / Director of Food / Health &
- Paul Gundry / Director & Meat Inspector
- Josue Merced / Director of Marketing
A huge thanks to our fellow member Paco Morales,
owner of the Scented Candle, who has volunteered to
serve as the committee head in charge of decorating our
CBBQA booths at Anesco and The Jack Daniles
competitions. Paco needs some help with this
project. Remember you get out of this association
what you put into it. We need a few more members
to step forward and assure that the Caribbean BBQ
Association has the best damn booths ant any
competition, always. Contact Paco. Morales,
, 787-765-3621 (h) , 787-753-4129 (w)
I also want to thank all the new guest and new
members that joined Tuesday evening. We had a nice
group of people from The British Commonwealth Society
that attended and they commented how much fun this BBQ
Association was to be with. Man they have great
taste in people and BBQ!
President - Caribbean BBQ