Operation BBQ Relief Announces Special Fundraising Event at American Royal BBQ Contest in October

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Operation BBQ Relief has announced a special fundraising event at the American Royal BBQ Contest, Oct. 3 and 4 in Kansas City, Mo. The event—featuring an all-star-line-up of pitmasters (including a reality TV star)—will teach the art of cooking a whole hog.

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Utilizing these pitmasters and a network of volunteers, Operation BBQ Relief provides hot meals to people affected by disasters across the United States.

Operation BBQ Relief has announced a special fundraising event at the American Royal BBQ Contest, Oct. 3 and 4 in Kansas City, Mo. The event—featuring an all-star-line-up of pitmasters—will teach the art of cooking a whole hog.

Funds raised from the event will help support the nonprofit organization’s operational budget for 2013, including the purchase and ongoing maintenance of equipment essential to assisting people when and where disasters strike.

“Hawg with a Heart” will be a full two-day class wrapping up with a party where the prepared whole hogs will be served as the showcase meal.

The pitmasters will each cook their own hog showing the preparation they go through from trimming and injecting to rubbing it down and putting it on the smoker. They will also show how they present their hogs. They will talk to participants about how they can make a profit catering with whole hog.

Registration for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is limited. The cost ranges from $900 to $1,500 per participant. Sponsorship opportunities are available for those who would like to support the cause, meet the all-star pitmasters and partake in the special festivities (and BBQ). For more information, go to http://www.operationbbqrelief.org//hawgwithaheart.

ALL-STAR PITMASTER LINE-UP:

Brad Orrison of The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, Miss. In May, The Shed won Whole Hog at the 2013 the 2013 Memphis In May World Championship. Orrison is also a new reality TV star. Earlier this month, “The Shed” TV series hit the Food Network airways and is already a hit.

Mark Lambert is with the Sweet Swine O'Mine Competition BBQ Team from Olive Branch, Miss. His team was the 2013 Memphis In May World Championship Grand Champion (their second time securing that title). Lambert has also opened Sweet Swine O'Mine Distributing, BBQ Store in the Memphis area.

Allen Smith is with the Boars Night Out Competition BBQ Team from Olive Branch, Miss. Boars Night Out was the 2012 Memphis BBQ Network Team of the Year and Team of the Year for Whole Hog, Ribs, and Whole Shoulder and has won many Grand Championships.

John Wheeler is with the Natural Born Grillers Competition BBQ Team from Memphis, Tenn. Natural Born Grillers is a three-time Memphis In May World Championship Grand Champion. Wheeler is also co-owner of Memphis Barbecue Co.

ABOUT OPERATION BBQ RELIEF

Operation BBQ Relief was established in 2011 after the devastating tornado in Joplin, which is south of Kansas City—one of the nation’s major barbecue capitals. BBQ pit masters (that normally fire up their equipment for competitions) are experts at cooking outside in any condition and serving large quantities of food at events. By firing up the grills to help, Operation BBQ Relief was born and volunteers began cooking BBQ and serving hot meals to the storm’s victims as well as the hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers who were on scene to help.

Utilizing these pitmasters and a network of volunteers, Operation BBQ Relief provides hot meals to people affected by disasters across the United States. Through its expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals—and thanks to generous donors and sponsors—the not-for-profit is able to mobilize quickly to any area in need. The organization was created after the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. Last year it served more than 100,000 hot meals in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

More recently, Operation BBQ Relief responded to the explosion and resulting devastation in West Texas.

For more information, go to operationbbqrelief.org.
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