STORY BEHIND THE FLIP FLOP TRADITION
"This all starts with my grandfather, Al Giddings and I guess the best place to start would be shortly after WW II when he got off the ship in San Francisco and decided to join the Department Of California Fish and Game in 1948. He became the main warden for the North Bay area, Marin, and Sonoma counties. He knew all the ins and outs of Marin county’s big game hunting, from mountain lions that he issued bounties on, to blacktail deer. He resided in a small community of west Marin named Woodacre. In his time spent in west Marin he was afforded the ability to help oversee fish ladders coming into the streams for the spawn as well as becoming familiar with all of the local hunting clubs and ranches. It was at a small sheep ranch in Nicasio where it is believed that he picked up this amazing style of cooking from a Portuguese rancher. This family would do entire sheep legs at a time and feed their families and local community.
I am proud to be able to share this method with the hunting community around the planet. It can’t be missed. I promise it will change how you process any animal you kill. Rest in peace Big Al and thank you for this perfect tradition you shared with so many, so many years ago. It is an honor to attempt to walk a mile in your boots."
- ANDY MOECKEL, The Flip Flop Guy