More than 5,000 people are expected to descend on Brook Run Park in Dunwoody on Sunday, Sept. 25, for the fourth annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition & Festival.

The 27 registered teams, including the AJT’s Meat the Press (We hope you’ll visit our tent), will be up much of the night before the competition preparing 500 pounds of brisket, 600 pounds of beef ribs, 600 pounds of chicken and 40 gallons of baked beans in the quest for recognition from the judges and public as the best kosher ’cuers in town.

Teams at the Kosher BBQ contest compete in everything from brisket to booth design and team name

Teams at the Atlanta Kosher BBQ contest compete in everything from brisket to booth design and team name.

In addition to the general competition, the event includes the Servicemen’s Cup, a prize for the top team among fire and police teams. The DeKalb County Fire Department will try to wrestle the title from the defending champ, the Dunwoody Police Department, and a newcomer, the Cobb County Police Department K-9 unit.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is organized by the four local lodges of the Hebrew Order of David, which took over the competition from Congregation B’nai Torah last year.

Admission is free. Tasting tickets are $1 apiece, and vendors will be selling additional food in case the team samples whet your desire for more meat.

The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is organizing live music from Nick and the Grooves; Hello, Goodbye, Peace; David Sirull the Redneck Rabbi; and Adam Klein and the Wild Fires. There also will be an area for children’s activities.

While the competition is all in good fun, the serious purpose is to raise money for charity. The featured beneficiaries, chosen by the HOD lodges, are I Care Atlanta, Weinstein Hospice, the Cobb police K-9 unit, Gift of Life an JScreen.

For more information, visit theatlantakosherbbq.com. And don’t forget to stop by the Meat the Press tent and say hello.