Deployment Status: To all Texas Pitmasters, especially those in South Texas. Operation BBQ Relief is looking for volunteers for a 1 day BBQ event on July 18, in McAllen, TX. We will be assisting Mercury One Foundation in feeding the children that are being housed in McAllen. Mercury One will be the sponsor of the event, and this will be a fundraiser for OBR, as they will be covering all costs associated with feeding the kids, and making a donation to OBR for preparing and serving the meals. For the most updated information please go to our Facebook page . to register to volunteer please goto

Founders Club

Meet the Operation BBQ Relief Founders Club. Thanks to their generous donations, they have gotten Operation BBQ Relief off to a great start. 

The Founders Club was limited to only the first 100 members.

Randy Heimgartner
Half Sauce BBQ
Lake Ozark, MO

Jim Sturm
Kansas City, MO

Everette Bovinette
Parkview Heights, IL

Michael Winter
Red Oak BBQ
Concordia, KS

Greg and Kristi Powers
Naughty Nurses BBQ
Winfield, KS

Joe Haynes
Man v. Pig BBQ Team
Fredericksburg, VA

Brian Smith-Vandergriff
Roadkill BBQ
Kansas City, MO

Mike & Karen Espey
Smokin’ BBQ Boys
Shawnee, KS

The Adam Family
82′s BBQ
Danville, IL

Steve Shults
Stephen J Shults Insurance Agency
Eldorado, IL

Randy & Cathy McGee
Memphis Barbecue Network
Cordova, TN

Patricia Kazarow and Henry Hays 
Blaine, WA

Will Cleaver Sr.
Lenexa, KS
Gregg Snyder 

Dawsonville, GA

Delores Johnson 
Vancouver, WA

Bonnie & Ruben Gomez
Butts and Suds
Rio Rancho, NM

Julie Ann Volk
Springfield, VA

Jim Chincholl
KCBS Master Judge
Parker, CO

Greg and Elizabeth Hudson
Burlington, KS

Sean Kirgan
Fired Up to Help
Alexandria, VA

Richard Wachtel
Alexandria, VA

Travis Powell
Young Guns BBQ
Overland Park, KS

John & Barbara Bublitz
QueNivorous Competition BBQ Team
Knoxville, TN


Joe & Leslie Lee
Biloxi, MS

Del Kenneson
Doc K’s Barbecue
Rose Hill, KS

Steve Voisinet
All Four Aces BBQ
Plano, TX

Kevin Blackburn
Gainesville, GA

Brandon Evans
Route 66 Catering Crew
Parks, AZ

Brad Barrett
GrillGrate LLC 
Cartersville, GA

John & Judy Busch
Richmond, VA

Mount Holly Springs, PA

Chip Caraway
Porkin’ Ain’t Easy
Wildwood, MO

Robert Morey
Schenectady, NY

Mandy Johnson
Bigbee’s BBQ and Catering
Bolivar, MO

Dave and Renee Elliott
Porky McBeef and the Cluckers
Olathe, KS

Greg Rogers
Culver City, CA

Thom Emery
Team What Wood Jesus Q
Indio, CA

Darin and Cindy Cram
Big Bad Dad BBQ
Parkville, MO

Robert Baxter
Alexandria, VA

Bryan McLarty
BigFish BBQ
Southlake, TX

Troy & Lana Jones
Farmers Insurance Group
Springfield, MO

Patrick & Kathy Banks
Fairhope, AL

Michael Mather
Eagle, MI

Andy Jezierski 
Streamwood, IL

Roger Wagner Founder’s Club 
Thee Pitts “Again” (The Arizona Kid)
Glendale, AZ

Dean Mitchell 
Saffron Personal Chef Services
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kyle & Tricia Neidhart
TallBoys BBQ
Garland, TX

Donald Block
University of Illinois, Director, retired
Champaign, IL

Brian and Laurie Polak
Designated Smokin’ Area
Carol Stream, IL

Michael Burch
Leesburg, VA

BBQ by Barry
BBQ by Barry (B3Q)
West Pittston, PA

Kell Phelps
National BBQ News
Douglas, GA

In Memory of Frank and Shirley Broadus
Topeka, KS

Jack Werre
Farmers Insurance
Garden Grove, CA

Troy and Amber King
Wills Point, TX

Kendra Sikes
Hot Racks and BBQ Stacks
New Albany, IN

Wade, Lynne, Mitchell, Allison Reeder
There’s No Place Like Smoke.
Hannibal, MO

David and Laura Waun
Smokin’ Brothers BBQ
Lorain, OH

Timothy Pregler
Tim’s Tailgate BBQ Team
Fort Worth, TX

Tim and Michael Riordan
Grim Reaper Smokers
Islip, NY

Mid Atlantic BBQ Association
Mid Atlantic BBQ Association
Springfield, VA

Phil & Vincenzo Guido & Eric Zlotogura
BBQ Mafia 
North Bergen, NJ

Kevin and Gail Smith
The 5th Artery BBQ Team
Amherst, NY / Cedar Knolls, NJ

New England Barbecue Society
New England Barbecue Society
Plymouth, MA

Nick Redzinak
Abingdon, MA

Marc and Tricia Mangano
Three Men and a Baby Back
Bergen County, NJ

Carl Harper
East Fallowfield, PA

Fritz Wiesehan
Twisted Belly
Chesterfield, MO

Barbara Jo Palsa
Powhatan, VA

Isa Marrs Speech Language Pathology, PC
Ossining, NY

Jon Umstadt
Seaford, NY

Jeff Cunningham
Cunningham Gas Products
Spring, TX

Beth Caraway
Porkin’ Ain’t Easy
Wildwood, MO

Terry Kratochvil
Baldin’ Smokin’ Banditos
Louisburg, KS

Dan Duncan
Olathe, KS

Jeff, Lynda & Taylor Johnson
Git’ Your Pig On
Marshfield, MO

Rick Sage
Red White and Blue BBQ
Ashland, MO

Jeff Hughes
Tulsa, OK

Bob Berrettini
The BBQ Bandit
Mechanicsburg, PA

Tom Heath
Independence, MO

Walter Eric Eaves Sr. & Jr.
Kansas City, MO

Bob and Sandy Humphrey
Through the Smoke BBQ
Olathe, KS


Stephen Shults 
Eldorado, IL

Mickey Mikesell 
Coronado, CA

Roy Sisco 
Harrison, AR

Gary House 
Oakdale, CA

Hal Wagner
Charcoal & More
Sellersburg, IN

Marc Farris and Karen Dove
Decatur, GA

Bobby Z’s BBQ
Wheaton, IL

Steven Hausman
Flower Mound, TX

Kim and Andy Groneman
Smoke On Wheels
Piper, KS

Larry & Vicki Baer
Purple Shadow BBQ
Topeka, KS

Kevin and Brenda Manring
Juicy Butts BBQ
Palmyra, IN

Steve Hamous
Wichita, KS

Roger Dietrich
Smokin’ Blues BBQ
Cincinnati, OH

Chris & Joan Clegg
Cumberland, RI

Billy Bob Billy
Holy Smokers Too
Knoxville, TN

Jason and Melissa Lawrence
Roscoe, IL