Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard, and emergency personnel.
Operation BBQ Relief continues to respond to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel, and recently published a cookbook, Operation BBQ, a compilation of recipes from championship-winning barbecue teams who volunteer for disaster relief efforts across the United States. These unsung heroes develop barbecue dishes that wow crowds and judges everywhere, and then help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel―putting the “comfort” in “comfort food.”
Tickets are $30 for not-yet members, $25 for members, and include samples from all four champion competition barbecue pitmasters in residence. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and access to the Barbecue Nation exhibition in its closing hours are also included. Copies of Operation BBQ will be available for 25% off.