Pit master receives Medal of Excellence


On Oct. 22, Pit Master William“Cowboy”Goode Jr. and Robert Goode, from Dennis, were presented with the medal of excellence for the feeding of 3,600 special forces and their families, many of the troops just returning from deployment in Afghanistan.

The Pit Master and his crew cooked 2,500 lbs. of Boston-Butts and 1,500 lbs. of BBQ chicken at Smith Lake Recreation Area at Ft. Bragg.

Smith Lake was a beautiful setting for the event. Along with the wonderful food, the troops and their families were provided with entertainment, rides for the kids and an appearance by Miss. North Carolina, Kate Peacock.

Robert Goode, who plays professional Ultimate Frisbee for the Raleigh Flyers and was scheduled to be in Hawaii, canceled his trip when he heard that he was needed to cook for the men.

The General, Colonel and Major were so impressed with the taste and presentation of the BBQ they presented the pit master and his son with the medal of excellence.

The Pit Masters Crew are as follows: William “Cowboy” Goode and Theresa Lewis Goode, (Dennis, NC) their son Robert Terrence Goode, (Wilmington, NC).

Although the Pit Master and his family did the cooking the community of Walnut Cove and surrounding area made up the rest of crew.

The pit masters would like to give special thanks to their other crew members who made this event a success.

Brother Mark White at 311 Tire Company, Walnut Cove, who supplied new tires for pits for travel, David Deskins of Walnut Cove, better know as Cottontop and his wife Carmella supplied three cords of beautifully split and seasoned hickory wood. Wayne Gould of G&G Restaurant Supply, Mount Airy, supplied two of the six pits that were used in this operation and most of all Don Watson and his wife Ronda for helping organize and transport the beautifully smoked meat to the site.

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