First-Annual Kosher BBQ Competition Coming to Atlanta

First-Annual Kosher BBQ Competition Coming to Atlanta


Congregation B’nai Torah is set to host the First-Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition on Oct. 14. The event will be open to the entire BBQ-smoking and meat-eating worlds. Participating teams teams hail from the Atlanta region, as well as from the Atlanta region as well as out-of-state representation from the newly-expanded “Kosher BBQ Circuit,” which includes events in Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Long Island, N.Y. and Kansas City, Mo.

“We expect this event to be a highlight of the Sandy Springs and Atlanta fall festival schedule,” said award-winning BBQ smoker Brian Mailman, one of three organizers of the inaugural edition of what will be a yearly event. “We expect thousands of enthusiastic BBQ fans to experience a fun-filled day of cooking and family-friendly activities. Festival-goers will be treated to old-fashioned, family-oriented Southern hospitality with events ranging from a pickle-eating contest to a Kiddy Corral filled with various children’s activities; from an array of live entertainment to great food prepared by Goodfriend’s Catering.”

Teams and attendees do not have to be Jewish or kosher to attend or participate; however, to ensure the event remains kosher, outside food and beverages will not be permitted.

“This is a unique event,” said B’nai Torah’s Rabbi Joshua Heller. “Each team will be provided with two smokers, kosher meat and all basic food pantry items. Kosher supervision will be provided by the Atlanta Kashruth Commission.”

All are welcome, though all presentmust be willing to have a great time and enjoy some award-winning barbeque!

“The competition is open to BBQ beginners and meat-smoking-mavens alike,” Mailman continued.  “All you need is your enthusiasm, recipes and a desire to make new friends.”

Trophies will be awarded for Best Brisket, Best Ribs, Best Beans, Most Original Team Name and Best Booth Decoration. The team with the best overall kosher BBQ will be named Grand Champion and will receive a stipend to compete at the next competition in the Kosher BBQ Circuit.

To compete, sponsor, attend or volunteer, please visit A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a number of very worthy local charities including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Alef Fund and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.