Long Island’s third annual Kosher BBQ Championship will be held on June 22 at Temple Beth Torah in Westbury. The event is modeled after and sanctioned by the ASBEE World Kosher BBQ Championship in Memphis, Tenn. Teams compete in four culinary categories — brisket, beef ribs, chicken and beans — as well as for booth decoration and most original team name.
Last year’s grand champion was Grillin’ Tefillin, the team that also took home the trophies for ribs, booth and name. The chicken award went to Shloimy’s Shmoke House, beef brisket to Hakadosh BBQ, beans to Uncle Mordy and the Meatzva.
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with the opening of the “Cowsher Café” serving brisket sandwiches, smoked turkey legs and hot dogs as well as a selection of beverages, fruit and desserts. (The menu and the entire event will be under the strict rabbinical supervision of both Kof-K and Mehadrin Kashrus-Rabbi Abraham Marmorstein, Kehal Minchas Chinuh of New York City.)
At 11:30, attendees can register for hot-dog (fee for adults is $10, for kids, $5) and pickle-eating contests (free), which will take place, respectively, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Throughout the day, kids can visit the “Children’s Play Zone” ($8) featuring an inflatable bounce house, slides, an obstacle course and airbrush tattoos.
Competing teams will start turning in their entries at noon and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
There is no admission charge but attendees are urged to contribute two cans of healthy food per person for the participating food charities. Proceeds from the event will go to hunger relief charities on Long Island, including Long Island Cares, the Interfaith Nutrition Network, Hatzilu, Rock Can Roll and M’yad l’yad.
Temple Beth Torah is at 243 Cantiague Rock Rd., Westbury. For more information, call 516-334-7979 or go to likosherbbq.org.