What does 9,000 lbs. of Boston Butts, 3,100 lbs. of chicken halves, 1,000 lbs. of coleslaw, a truckload of hamburger buns and bread, 1,000 lbs. of baked beans, soft drinks by the hundreds, gallons of iced tea, 2,000 lbs. of charcoal and 165 people have in common? The Bar-B-Q portion of the Fall Festival!
With 6 large rotisserie grills we have the grilling capacity of 400 Boston Butts, averaging 8 1/2 lbs. - 9 1/2 lbs. each. We use over 2,000 lbs. of charcoal to keep these 6 grills of direct and indirect heat in peak capacity. With the daunting task of Bar-B-Q'ing 6 tons of meat, we will start on Friday, October 5, 2018 in the Blessed Sacrament School parking lot at 7 a.m. By 8:30 a.m., we will have rubbed each Boston Butt with our secret Dry Rub and loaded them onto the grills. The 350 lbs. of Dry Rub was made priorly by several people working furiously for 2 hours. Yes, this is an efficient production line approach. We also use the Dry Rub to make our "wet sauce" that we pour over the Bar-B-Q'd chicken to keep it moist and tasty.
Friday, October 5, 2018, we grill another 500 Boston Butts and repeat the Thursday process. This is also our "Hot Off the Grill" Bar-B-Q Sandwich Sales day. We hand chop about 1,500 lbs. of Boston Butts for our sandwiches, which are served with or without our homemade coleslaw. Tom Gschwend and his committee of dedicated ladies are in the Catholic Hall Kitchen making 1,000 lbs. of coleslaw. This also entails handchopping 3 Bushels of bell peppers and 75 lbs. of onions! Louie Schaaf and his crew of 5 men make baked beans by the gross, adding all those special ingredients that make the Beans mouth-watering.
The Friday Sandwich Sales will be from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the east awning of the school. Let the smoke and delicious smells guide you to the area. Bar-B-Q Sandwiches are $5.00 each; chips are $1.00 each, sodas and bottled water sell for $1.00 each. This year we are packaging our coleslaw in covered containers so you may put the coleslaw on your own sandwich if you wish. We also offer our homemade Bar-B-Q sauce free with your order. We are keeping the sandwiches in a warmer to ensure everyone receives a hot sandwich. Come early as many businesses order sandwiches by the hundred. You may call ahead to place your order and have it ready for pick-up. To place orders ahead of time, please call Becky at (870) 761-3027 or use our online order form.
Friday, October 5, 2018, is also the Pre-Sale Boston Butts pick-up day. John Shell is Chairing this area. If you would like to order a 7 lb Bar-B-Q'd "Best Butt in Town" or Loins, please submit an on-line order prior to this date. You may also call the Blessed Sacrament Rectory at (870) 932-2529 to place your order. Your Butt must be picked up on either Friday, October 5, 2018 or by noon on Saturday, October 6, 2018. After 12 noon the day of the actual Fall Festival, we will start selling whatever is left on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don't miss out on the opportunity to take home this delicious whole Boston Butt or Loin for $30. Remember this is a Pre-Sale event; don't wait, order today to reserve your Butt or Loin!
Saturday, October 6, 2018, we fire up the 7 grills at 6:30 a.m. Frank DiGaetano spearheads the breakfast we have to feed 60 hungry men and women at 7 a.m. We start grilling 3,100 lbs. of chicken halves and another 100 Boston Butts in 2 shifts. Throughout the day, we offer Chicken and Pork Sandwich Dinners including drinks, to eat-in or package them as carry-outs. The carry-out dinners will start at 10:00 a.m., and at 11:00 a.m., you may dine in the school cafeteria or east tent.
The Dinners sell for $10.00 each for Adults, and Children 6 years old and under eat free. Cindy Cole and Ann Vazquez handle with great efficiency the serving lines, bussing the tables, the take-out orders and the Kitchen. Their many years of experience creates a calm atmosphere that could turn into chaos without them.
As the Bar-B-Q has expanded into such great proportion, our Church Family has stepped up to meet the demands. Over 2 decades of food, fun and fellowship has made our Fall Festival a great place to be on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
We look forward to seeing you there!