Hack No. 1: for my old as… butt - Take a nap. (I wasn’t able to do this with my last brisket/pork butt and I was so miserable…) So for my long cooks, I’m using a small cheap offset stick burner, I preheat the smoker at least an hour before I want to put the meat in. I want to get the fire stabilized. During that time, I’m finishing trimming the brisket and getting it seasoned. I always use a water pan. It doesn’t matter if I’m making summer sausage or brisket, using my offset or my Masterbuilt if it’s a long cook, I have a water pan in there. Hack No. 2: I usually have a Bluetooth headset on (one that transmits through the bone so I can still hear the fire and my surroundings (and head off the fire department who may have been called for “Smoke in the area” - embarassing.) Hack No. 3: Once I wrap, assuming I am wrapping, it goes into the Masterbuilt to finish. It’s not gonna get anymore smoke at that point so why waste wood and why not reprise Hack No. 1 and take a nap?
2016 AAMP Convention Wrap-Up (American Association of Meat Processors)
2016 AAMP Convention
This last weekend marked the 77th Annual AAMP Convention, this year in Omaha Nebraska. Walton’s was once again proud to be a Legacy Sponsor and proud to be an AAMP exhibitor as well. It’s always great to see all the familiar faces and friends we have there, and meet those new to the industry and the newest AAMP members. Commercial meat processors, our customers, and our friends from all over the country spent hours each day at all the exhibits, plus educational sessions, and social events. There were also hundreds and hundreds of entries into the American Cured Meat Championships, where attendees competed in 27 different product classes against some of the absolute best meat products in the country.
2016 F.W. Witt Supplier of the Year Award
This year was also a special year for us at Walton’s as well, as we are marking our 30th year in business, and we were selected as AAMP’s winner of the 2016 F.W. Witt Supplier of the Year Award. Brett Walton, President & CEO of Walton’s Inc., accepted the award at the convention’s Opening Ceremony. The F.W. Witt Supplier of the Year Award was established in 1996 and is named after Frank Witt, the former owner of a spice company in Yorkville, Illinois. Witt believed in helping and working with the smallest processors in the meat industry. The award celebrates this belief and honors a supplier member who has been devoted to the meat and poultry industry, particularly small and medium sized plant operators. This is the second time that Walton’s has been selected for this award. Walton’s first received the award in 2009. Walton’s is a family-owned business that provides meat processing seasonings, supplies and equipment to independent meat processors across the globe. This year marks Walton’s 30th year in business. We are proud to be able to serve our customers at such a high level and humbled to receive the recognition and from AAMP, our customers, and others in the industry.
What is AAMP?
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is North America’s largest meat trade organization. Founded in 1939, it is the mission of AAMP to provide quality service, knowledge through education, regulatory representation, and networking opportunities for members. Find out more on their website www.aamp.com
We had a 20x20 booth setup and spent a ton of time talking with a bunch of great people, customers, and friends at the show.
Excalibur Seasoning Booth
Our friends at Excalibur Seasoning were right across the aisle in another 20x20 booth! We love Excalibur Seasoning and we always try to get booths right next to each other.
The convention was great, as always! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth or visited with us at the show. If you are a small to mid-size independent meat processor and not a member of AAMP, please give us a call at Walton’s and we’d love to help you learn more and get signed up for this great organization. It is not an expensive deal and the benefits are enormous. We hope to see you all in Lexington Kentucky next year!