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Kosher BBQ in Westbury: Call for entries

The Mob, a team from Congregation Ohav Sholom

The Mob, a team from Congregation Ohav Sholom in Merrick, took top honors at the first Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship at Temple Beth Torah in Westbury. (June 10, 2012) Credit: Handout

The second Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship takes place on Sunday, June 9,  at Temple Beth Torah in Westbury, and the deadline for team entries is April 15. Teams will compete for best brisket, best beef ribs, best chicken (new category), best beans, best booth decoration and most original team name.

Because it’s kosher, the competition, sponsored by Fairway Markets, runs a bit differently than other BBQ contests. The $250-per-team payment is not only the entry fee, it covers all food and equipment. You may not bring your own food or equipment, and all cooking will be periodically inspected by a mashgiach (kosher supervisor). Go to for all the rules and to register.

Last year, more than 2,500 attended the event and teams came from all over the East Coast. The winners were

Grand Champion: The Mob (first-time competitors from Merrick)
Brisket: Grillin' Tefillin (Atlanta)
Beef ribs: Smokin' for Life (Yonkers)
Beans: The Mob
Team name: Grillin' Tefillin
Booth decoration: Megillah Grillers (Jericho)

Temple Beth Torah is at 243 Cantiague Rock Rd., Westbury, 516-334-7979. For more information, or contact Marvin Rembo at

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