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BBQ Time! Part 1

30 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

BBQ TIME! – PART 1

This is the final Sunday in May 2021…so this month is almost over.

And yet, I’ve only recently heard and seen that May is BBQ month!

Of course, our favorite bbq places are the ones advertising that fact!  So let me tell you about our favorite bbq restaurants.  Since there are two of them, and they are both amazing, I’ll share one of them today, and the other one next time.

I guess the bbq eatery we patronize the most is 4Rivers Smokehouse.

We first learned of it from our Minister of Music, Rick Steele.  He grew up eating there, since it wasn’t too far from his house.  The original eatery was in Winter Park, Florida, quite a ways from us, so we only went there to eat when we were in that part of Orlando, which wasn’t very often.  But in the past few years, Johnny Rivers built another of his smokehouses in Kissimmee, and we manage to eat there at least once a week.  Really good bbq!

 Our Beginnings:  It all started in a garage:

4 Rivers Smokehouse began with the launch of the “Barbecue Ministry” in 2004, when John hosted a cookout fundraiser to support a local family whose young daughter was battling cancer. This one event resulted in a passion for supporting local schools, churches, and charitable organizations, and a few years later, smoking thousands of pounds of meat out of a garage just wouldn’t cut it anymore.

4 RIVERS WEBSITE

Also, a   FUN FACT:

Why four Rivers? In short, it represents our family, John, Monica (wife), Jared (son) and Cameron (daughter). But they also appreciate the serendipitous double meaning with Genesis 2:10, where four rivers branch from that which flows out of Eden. Now you know!

There are 14  4Rivers locations in Florida and Georgia.  

There is even a 4Rivers Cantina at Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney)

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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