Some time ago, just after finishing the Buffalo and after a couple of incredibly well-recieved workplace babecues, the LOVELY H.R. lady explained to me that I could be fired for "running a business" by charging $10 a head for all you could eat ribs, pulled pork, stuffed jalapenos, garlic bread and sides.
:sarcasm font: -Because I was REALLY making a killing.
So I basically told the whole goddamned workplace about it and that the company could damned well start paying for the meat then.
The very next barbecue featured some very dry, tough tri-tip, soy burgers and turkey dogs served with institution-style macaroni salad and a cookie.
...okay, the cookie was actually pretty good.
But anyway, there was a slow gradual build up of background noise that started from that point.
When they took away our sick days and switched to PTO it got louder.
When they stopped the 401k match it got even louder.
So when they tried to raffle a painted pumpkin this week to pay for another "Delicious Tri-tip barbecue lunch for staff" you didn't DARE ask why nobody was buying tickets.
The bosses finally asked me what it would take to make a staff barbecue smoker to try and get some morale back.
They gave me a $2500 budget.
That MIGHT pay for the tank alone.
But I talked to the BOP and got permission to use some scrap stainless steel steam kettles and old pots and such and cobbled together a plan.