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Holy Smokes: 3rd Annual Kosher BBQ Cookoff Set for October 21, 2018

October 1, 2018

The 3rd Annual St. Louis Kosher BBQ Cookoff is set for October 21, 2018 between 12 and 4 p.m.   This family oriented community wide event is tailored to bring people together for a fun filled afternoon. Hosted at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion at 650 North Price Road in Olivette, the Kosher BBQ Competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS).  “We’re very excited that the KCBS has is sanctioning this event again this year.  KCBS brings a level of competitiveness and quality known the world over,” explains Event Chair Mindy Woolf. KCBS is 20,000 members strong, sanctions more than 450 contests a year across the U.S.A., Canada, the Caribbean, and in Europe, has certified more than 26,000 judges, and is considered the gold standard in the competition barbecue world.  It is also the largest organization of cooking contests in the world. Kashrut will be under the supervision of Rabbi Ze’ev Smason.

“Every year we try to make it better for attendees,” Woolf continued “and I’m especially excited about  the real enhancements to this year’s event. We’ve added a lot of activities, such craft booths for kids, a blacksmithing demonstration, a BBQ related raffle, pickle eating and hot wings eating contests, plus far more food to buy and sample (tastings and food for purchase will start at 12:00, until everything runs out)---an additional 200 pounds of chicken wings, 40 pounds of smoked brisket, 20 pounds of drumsticks, Jelly Bellys and a whole range of great desserts that include smoked apple cobbler.” These additions are on top of the 10 competing teams, a car show, snow cones, cotton candy, and full BBQ meals by Kohns. 

In addition to added food and activities, this year’s BBQ will also offer a more comfortable environment.  “We moved the competition from June to October for cooler weather, we’ve added more shaded areas, and attendees will have access to indoor bathrooms, in addition to those in the park next door,” explained Woolf.    

Sponsorships for this event are also available to allow businesses and organizations to reach out through the multiple sponsorship opportunities.  Various Levels are available and all sponsors will be prominently recognized in printed materials including advertisements, on the web and social media along with banners prominently displayed at the event.  Sponsors thus far include the Staenberg Foundation, Kohns, Royal Oak Charcoal, Andersen Windows, the Jewish Federation, Schnarr’s Hardware, Grow & Behold, The Jewish Light, Jelly Belly, Armstrong Teasdale, Craft Central and Drury Hotels. Those interested in joining these sponsors should contact Mindy Woolf at mwoolfbbq@gmail.com.

This year’s event will allow for a limited number of competing Teams, and this year’s competition boasts cash and gift card prizes. The grand champion will win $350 and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th teams will win a $50 gift card. The grand champion will automatically win a free entry to next year’s competition. Teams can enter representing community organizations, synagogues or temples, Men’s Clubs, sisterhoods, neighborhoods, families, or just a collection of friends.  Some teams choose a theme, and show up in costumes and decorate their table. (There is no rule that teams have to dress up or decorate. Teams can just come and cook.) All participants should keep in mind that this is a family event that is intended to be welcoming to a diverse group.  Teams are encouraged to register as soon as possible as space is limited. 

Entrance forms and the official rules are available from the synagogue or online at www.nhbz.org.  

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