Merry Christmas to one and all. We hope your day is filled with family, friends, great food and a nice gift or two (Heck in the BBQ world getting coal in your stocking isn't even a bad thing, especially if it is lump!). As you enjoy the day and reflect upon all the blessings that surround you we ask you to think about those who are less fortunate, those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one or those who aren't able to be home with their families as they serve our nation at home or overseas. It is a great day to be generous and spread some of your cheer and blessings with others.
If you've been involved in any aspect of BBQ for even the shortest amount of time you know that there are few groups of like minded people who are more caring and generous with their time and resources than BBQer's. In 2015 that generosity continued to be a hallmark of the BBQ world with organizations like KCBS and Operation BBQ Relief and companies like Code 3 Spices and Mission BBQ, to name only a few, who give generously to many worthwhile causes and charities.
KCBS - In 2014, KCBS announced a mission to feed America's homeless and hungry with 100,000 meals through its 100KCBS Meals Mission and exceeded its goal by almost 15,000 meals. In 2015, KCBS is attempting to provide more than 250,000 meals through its new mission, the 250KCBS Meals Mission. If you're at a KCBS event that is participating in this mission we encourage you to contribute your leftovers meat to the effort. If you aren't able to contribute in this fashion another great option is to spend a day at a local food bank or soup kitchen.
Operation BBQ Relief - The mission of Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) is to provide compassion and to offer hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States through their expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals and their ability to quickly mobilize their teams into any area where nature disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans. Since its inception in May of 2011, OBR has served more than 600,000 meals at disaster locations in 18 states. If you'd like to donate to Operation BBQ Relief click HERE.
Code 3 Spices - We’ve met a lot of great people through BBQ doing amazing things around the country and in their local communities, but we can’t think of anyone doing more than our good friends over at Code 3 Spices. They donate $0.50 of each bottle of Code 3 Spice Rub they sell to organizations that support Police, Fire, Medical and Military personnel, including The BackStoppers, Safe Call Now, and Operation Homefront. Order one of their gift boxes and try each of their five rubs (Sea Dog Rub, Grunt Rub, Rescue Rub, 5-0 Rub & Backdraft Rub) HERE and help support the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and keep us safe each and every day!
Mission BBQ - A fellow Mid-Atlantic BBQ restaurant (although they've now grown to many locations in Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania & Virginia) making solid Que and supporting some very worthy military charities including Wounded Warrior Project, Simper Fi Fund, Navy Seal Foundation, USO, Honor Flight Network, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and dozens of local police and fire departments in the areas they have locations in. If you find yourself near a Mission BBQ location stop in for some Que and know you're helping the men and women of our military, police departments and fire departments.
Be on the lookout for several exciting opportunities to support our charity, Operation Pork Barrel BBQ, in 2016.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas and don't forget it's not just about getting today, but more importantly about giving!
On December 26th we’ll unveil the 5th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. The biggest BBQ Story of 2015 will be announced on December 30th.
To date we’ve announced the 7th through 10th biggest BBQ Story of 2015.
#7 - On Top of the World, BBQ Wins World Food Championships
#8 - Fire Up The Grill, Steak Cookoff Popularity Sizzles
#9 - Out of the Ashes Dave Anderson Rises With Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse
#10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV
Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #5 BBQ Story of 2015.