I hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy some level of July 4th festivities. July 4th was a day of continued healing for me. BBQ is a big part of my life and how I both express myself and release stress. To me there is no release like smoking a pork shoulder for 14 hours or spending 4 hours to get the perfect ribs(which I never eat) or smoking anything else. While going through the ordeal with Aaron, I had not really had a proper release with some good Que. The only time over the last few months that I really was able to get down the way I normally do was for Aaron’s post funeral gathering. I spent the night before the funeral doing several racks of baby backs and pork shoulders. It helped me get mentally ready for the next day.
Outside of that, I had not done anything and so I needed the fourth to be the next step in my healing. So naturally, I had a few friends over and went to work and made a fresh batch of sauce and dry rub. I ended up doing a shoulder and for the first time a beer can chicken. I also slow cooked my burgers for the first time. Instead of the usual high heat, I cooked them for an hour over a lower temperature. I experimented on my guests and they seemed to enjoy it. There was only one burger left that evening.
It was also the first time I had gathered with most of these friends since the funeral. It was great to be around all my best friends in this area on a more positive note. They all have helped me in the healing process and did so yet again. Thanks to Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, Miriam Chicurel-Bayard, Ian Mance, Nicole Foster, and Cara Williams for being that kind of friend to me and my family. You all helped to make the 4th another step in the healing process.
Enjoy the pictures!