Rib sale: Holt Fire serves ’em up



A fresh batch of ribs go into the smoker at the 2017 Super Bowl weekend rib sale.

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 28, 2017–The Holt Fire District’s Labor Day rib sale happens this Friday and Saturday at the fire station.

It’s the last rib sale for the year. Next sale will be Super Bowl weekend February 2018.

Ribs go in the smoker at 8 a.m. and will be ready for purchase by 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days. Cost is $18 per rack.

Additionally, people can buy raffle tickets for the fire district’s annual gun raffle. Drawing will be held at Holt’s Harvest Festival Oct. 31.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

This year, the first ticket draw will have the choice of a Browning AB3 Hunter 7mm-08, a Browning AB3 Hunter 308 or a Liberty Centurion 24 gun safe.

Secret recipe

Friday and Saturday morning, the ribs are prepared with a secret rub recipe the firefighters got from former Holt resident Al Ash who used to cook for Mickey’s Grill on state road 189 in Baker.

Because Ash only gave them about 95 percent of his secret recipe, the rib team refers to their ribs as “Almost Al’s,” said Jim Connors, Holt Fire District commissioner.

And no one will reveal what’s in the secret rub.

After the rub is applied, the ribs go into the cooker for 2 hours, smoking over pecan wood. They’re then pulled off and wrapped in aluminum foil and smoked for another hour.

By the time they come out of the smoker, they’re fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy.

According to Connors, the fire district smokes 150 racks a day in two cookings each day. Ribs are ready for purchase at 1 and 5 p.m. both days.

In addition to the ribs, customers can purchase sides of baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad. Sides are two for $7 a pint and are provided by Susan’s Restaurant.

Three hundred racks of ribs may seem like a lot, but they can go quickly, said Connors.

“We’ve had to turn people away before when the ribs were sold out,” he said.

Next rib sale

Holt Fire District has a rib sale three times a year–Super Bowl weekend, Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

Proceeds from the rib sales go into the fundraising account or the Fireman’s Fund to pay for events like the annual Kids’ Day event in December.

The next rib sale isn’t until 2018’s Super Bowl weekend, so rib enthusiasts need to act quickly.

Stephanie Holcombe

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