Sunday, June 10, 2012

Camp Bacon Spring Pork Spectacular 2012

The Camp Bacon Spring Pork Spectacular (CBSPS) 2012 was held over Memorial Day weekend at Clinton Lake (near Lawrence, Kansas). Previously, CBSPS was held on our friend's land, which was awesome, but we didn't want them to have to do the preparations anymore (it always took at least a week or more to clean up the land). As a result we reserved the Ash Group Campground.

This place is a private camping area that can hold up to 75 people (with tents and campers), dogs can be off leash, private his and hers toilets, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, huge shelter with picnic tables, two fire pits, and a grill. There is no electricity, but we can get around that by bringing our generators. The campsite was perfect for our party!

The weekend ended up being a little on the warm side, but we were very shaded and the generator-powered box fans created a nice breeze.

We got out to the campsite Friday evening around 4:00 P.M and set up our camper, cooking area, box fans, and the Brian-made outdoor stereo system (including Subwooficus). Next our friends started arriving!

We had an average of 30 people there, including 8 children, over the course of the weekend. Not everyone could stay the whole time, which was fine- we just want everyone to come out, relax, eat pork and enjoy themselves for as long or as little as they want!

Speaking of pork, Brian and I bought/prepared/cooked the main component of every meal, which naturally always consisted of pork items. For dinner on Friday Brian grilled 1/3 lb bacon cheeseburgers- which he pre-pattied himself. Saturday morning we made biscuits with sausage gravy and bacon (this is a definite keeper- it was delicious!) Lunch on Saturday was brats and dogs and dinner was smoked pulled pork and fatties (we smoked and pulled the pork and fatties the weekend before). Sunday breakfast was the classic sausage, egg, cheese and hashbrown breakfast burritos with bacon.

Our friends provided all the amazing sides, snacks and treats for the weekend. I know I will forget some things that were brought, but here are some of the delicious items: BACON, fried potatoes, fried donuts, popcorn, German potato salad, tabbouleh  salad, brownies, strawberry shortcake, corn dip, Mi Ranchito salsa, veggies, chips galore, cookies, and campfire cones (smores in a sugar cone- genius). We can't forget the beverages- a 5 gallon jug of tea, a 5 gallon jug of lemonade, homemade sangria, bloody mary's, and a keg! We truly appreciate the effort everyone put in to contributing to the food. We always have more than enough, which is never a problem!

As far as activities, we did a lot of sitting around eating, drinking and chatting, some went boating, lots of child wrangling- the kids got to play with a sprinkler and kiddie slide, fire watching (although not too close since it was so warm), swimming in the lake- there was a short trail down to our own private "beach", and just plain enjoying ourselves.

We already have the campsite booked again for next year! We've started thinking about what things we will do the same and what things we will do differently. We will definitely be doing biscuits and gravy again next year, and we are thinking about bringing back the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloins for dinner. We are already excited for CBSPS 2013!

Oh yeah... we did a poor job of taking pictures this year, but here they are!

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