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The Healing Power of BBQ

July 24, 2018

People who have the luxury of writing about food need to remember that not everybody is so lucky. We touched on this a little bit yesterday as eating is rarely something I do because I’m hungry.

For me, eating is a hobby. I’m on team live to eat. But there are others who eat to live. And it’s not a joking matter. Every year for Yom Kippur I spend the day fasting. And it’s a great reminder of the physical toll that going without food can take on your body.

Even before I started writing about food, the prevention of hunger was something I took seriously. After my bar mitzvah, I donated several hundred dollars to an organization called Mazon. For the past couple of years I have been doing what I can to help support and promote The Food Pantries for the Capital District.

Now, there’s a way to help reduce hunger in our community by eating some BBQ brisket.

If the Battle of the BBQS is not on your radar, it should be. Because beyond brisket, there will be wings too, and sides. Lots of sides. Six teams will be competing for a variety of honors including best plated presentation, best team name, and ultimate BBQ Champion.

This event is a fundraiser for the Shalom Food Pantry of Bethlehem, and you’ll never guess who is on the panel of official judges.

It’s a Jewish organization, so all the BBQ will be kosher. But who can say no to BBQ brisket?

The teams will have their work cut out for them. To make sure everything stays kosher, all the cooking will be done on site. So that means teams can only start their coals at 9am the morning of Sunday, July 29.

Here’s the hard part. Some of the food has to be ready by 2pm when the event begins. But thankfully judging portions won’t need to be submitted until 3:30pm. The clever cooks may opt to serve their wings first, and brisket second, taking every last minute they can of low slow heat to bring that tough cut of meat into submission. That should be permitted based on my cursory evaluation of the rules, but I’ll read the judging packet more closely before the event begins.

For the purposes of this event, the brisket will be served on slider buns, and it will be interesting to see how the teams make use of this form.

All the details of event, including how to buy tickets, can be found here.

I can’t wait. Hopefully some of you will come to help cheer the judges on, and help support this important organization which is doing good work to heal the world, by providing nourishment to the food insecure in our community.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Doug permalink
    July 24, 2018 10:16 am

    Did you mean July TWENTY-nine?

  2. July 24, 2018 11:58 am

    I don’t think there is any way you can produce tender brisket when you start the fire at 9 am and have to plate at at 3:30 pm. Also, the slider buns sound like a distraction. Brisket should be served with the cheapest possible white bread or with no bread at all.

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