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Throwback Thursday – WWII Willys JEEP Air Pump

Willys Jeep Air Pump from World War 2

Willys Jeep Air Pump from World War 2

One person’s broken air pump is another person’s piece of history. Husband tried the pump and it didn’t work and put it in the recycling bin. I saw the color and the ‘US ORD’ on the base and may have done a little dumpster diving. A quick Google told me we had a non-working 1942 Willys Jeep air pump from World War II. Willys were produced as a light utility military vehicle between 1941 and 1945. The word ‘Jeep’ appears to be a slurring of ‘GP’ standing for ‘Government Purpose’ or ‘General Purpose’.

Throwback Thursday! Original Kamado Egg

Original Big Green Egg

Original Big Green Egg, Photo by Caryn

BBQ as a pastime and lifestyle has really taken hold in the United States the last two decades. Organizations like the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) and the Memphis BBQ Network (MBN) have seen exponential growth in their memberships, and there are many other strong regional organizations. A growing portion of the competitive cook teams as well as backyard weekend warriors use the Big Green Egg as their grill/smoker of choice.

Though the Big Green Egg Company did not start  in the United States until the mid-1970’s, Americans, mainly servicemen, have been familiar with this style of cooking since the 1940’s. It is a ‘kamado style’ ceramic cooker. What makes this type of cooker so versatile is that it can attain high heat quickly for searing as well as maintaining a low heat to smoke items all day. The above photo is of one of these cookers that a serviceman brought back to the States on an empty transport plane decades ago.

 


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