*Very important info for all teams and judges regarding the “giving back” part of our contest – our contest is benefiting 2 different groups and we want to invite all of you to help us with this worthwhile effort.
Operation BBQ Relief will be receiving a monetary donation from our contest. The contest donation in 2017 was $6500.00 and in 2018 the donation amount was $12,500.00. If interested, you may make a tax deductible cash or check donation to OBR to increase the amount of this donation. We all know how wonderful the family of bbq is and this organization shows the very spirit of that family with every disaster they respond to. For more information and/or to sign up as a volunteer for future deployments, visit operationbbqrelief.org
For Saturday only, every team will be given one pork butt to cook, chop, pan and turn in (after the completion of all 4 meat turn ins) to be donated to a local food bank. Team Thanksgiving is the local food bank that will be receiving this donation. You do not need to season, inject or such, just cook it, chop it, pan it and then turn it in after all 4 meat turn ins are completed. Team Thanksgiving will then take the meat and properly care for it until it is given to families in need.
Another way we can help the food bank is by donating dry and canned goods. We are asking that every team, if able, bring one or more grocery bags of dry and canned goods which will be collected and given to the food bank for distribution. We are also asking all judges, if able, to bring bags so we may have a lot to give Team Thanksgiving! This collection will be prior to the Saturday contest.
Requested items in individual family sized canned and/or dry goods (not the industrial restaurant size) are as follows:
- peanut butter
- pastas and sauces
- hearty canned soups and stews
- canned protein
- canned vegetables
- plain oatmeal
Items such as canned fruits and juices are discouraged as many of the families that are served deal with diabetes so the added sugars are not healthy for them.
2018 donations to Team Thanksgiving – 2 van loads of canned goods AND over 600 lbs. of cooked pork – Thanks to all who cooked and/or donated to this local community food bank!
2017 donations to Team Thanksgiving – The coordinator of the food bank reported that thanks to the 500 pounds of meat that was donated in March at the conclusion of the March 2017 contest, she was able to provide for families through September 2017 without having to purchase any meat. Thank you to each of the teams that participated.