Kosher BBQ: Tongs at the Ready!

Kosher BBQ: Tongs at the Ready!


Here’s a big howdy and Shalom Y’all to everyone yearning for some tasty barbecue – kosher, of course.

You can almost smell the smoky flavor wafting off these ribs at last year's Kosher BBQ fest at B'Nai Torah. PHOTO / Courtesy B'nai Torah
You can almost smell the smoky flavor wafting off these ribs at last year’s Kosher BBQ fest at B’Nai Torah. PHOTO / Courtesy B’nai Torah

It’s time to announce the Second Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition, sponsored by Congregation B’nai Torah of Atlanta and set for Oct. 6.

The event, open to anyone who enjoys the smoky tang of barbecue, will include teams from across Atlanta, as well as groups from other such barbecue centers as Memphis, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., Kansas City, Mo., and, wait for it, Long Island, N.Y.

“We expect this event to be a highlight of the Sandy Springs and Atlanta fall festival schedule,” Brrin Mailman, an award-winning barbecue smoker and one of three organizers of the inaugural competition. “We expect thousands of enthusiastic barbecue fans to experience a fun-filled day of cooking and family-friendly activities.”

Those attending this year’s fest can expect to 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.

Oh, there will also be live entertainment and great eats prepared by Goodfriends Catering.

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

The fest is open to the general public and participating teams don’t have to be Jewish. However, to ensure the event remains Kosher, outside food and beverages will not be permitted.

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

Trophies will be awarded for Best Brisket, Best Ribs, Best Beans, Fan Favorite, and Best Booth Decoration. The team with the best overall Kosher barbecue will be anointed Grand Champion and will receive a stipend to compete at the next competition in the kosher barbecue circuit.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a number of local charities, including Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, and The Atlanta Community Food Bank.


Second Annual Kosher BBQ Competition; Congregation B’nai Torah; Oct. 6, 2013. To compete, sponsor, attend or volunteer, visit

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