Sometimes there’s nothing like the comfort of a hot meal. So when pitmaster Trace Arnold learned of the recent tragedy in West, Texas, he decided to help out in the best way he knew how–with juicy, perfectly smoked ribs. The co-owner of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House loaded up his legendary Ultimate Smoker & Grill and barreled two hours down I-35. With his colossal grill capable of cooking 2,000 pounds of meat at once, Trace and his crew fed thousands of relief workers and victims.
But Trace’s barbecue wasn’t the only thoughtful meal the volunteers had eaten. One volunteer told Trace how Dr. Christopher Kabrhel (from Massachusetts General Hospital) sent pizza and good wishes (left) to a Waco emergency room. Just days after the horrific events in Boston, Dr. Kabrhel was still busy treating injured patients, but his heart was with his fellow doctors in Texas. Inspired by the Boston doctors’ generosity when another meal showed up, Trace decided to bring some Southern hospitality to Massachusetts.
“For the medical staff in Boston to be so thoughtful in the middle of their own city’s tragedy and think about us down here in Texas was just awesome,” Trace said.
“There’s been a lot of pain and chaos these past few days and it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own stuff. I commend the medical community of Boston for showing us such a big heart. In Texas everything is bigger and better so I couldn’t wait to deliver some mouthwatering ribs and say ‘thank you’ back to them.”
After catching a flight out of Dallas before the sun came up, Trace arrived in Boston on Tuesday with five coolers full of Southern comfort. He and Dawn Cruzan (from Camp Craig Allen) headed straight to Massachusetts General Hospital where staff members made the duo feel right at home by doning cowboy boots. After Dr. Kabrhel posed in a cowboy hat, Trace and his team treated the hardworking doctors and nurses to a barbecue lunch.
Just like bringing a covered dish to a neighbor in need, Trace stepped up with a small gesture that meant so much while Boston and West continue to heal.