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Pilger, NE

WHAT HAPPENED?

Rare twin tornadoes raked across northeast Nebraska. They were part of an outbreak of twisters that virtually wiped Pilger off the land and left a path of death and destruction. The 60-mile swath stretched from near Stanton to the edge of Sioux City, Iowa.
The National Weather Service rated the larger tornado that tore through Pilger as an EF4, capable of causing devastating damage with winds of 166 to 200 mph. The parallel twister was an EF2.
The tornadoes killed two people and injured at least 20 others, some critically.

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Teams and Individuals involved included:
TROY YOUNGBLOOD OMAHA NEBRASKA
ETHEN YOUNGBLOOD OMAHA NEBRASKA
MIKE HOGAN OMAHA NEBRASKA
AMANDA HOGAN OMAHA NEBRASKA
BEN ZAAYER OMAHA NEBRASKA
CHARLEY ZAAYER OMAHA NEBRASKA
DAVE FEDER OMAHA NEBRASKA
BLANE HUNTER VALLEY NEBRASKA
DON TRUCKENBROD OMAHA NEBRASKA
DENNIS TRUCKENBROD MENDOTA ILLINOIS
MIKE PICKETTE OMAHA NEBRASKA
DILLON PICKETTE OMAHA NEBRASKA
CHRISTY DAVIS MCCOK NEBRASKA
CHRISTOPHER TIERNEY OMAHA NEBRASKA
CYNDI RUSSELL OMAHA NEBRASKA
LISA REDA OMAHA NEBRASKA
RACHEL LACY OMAHA NEBRASKA
CHELBY FRICKE MCCOK NEBRASKA
MATT HOERNEMANN SIOUX CITY IOWA
HEATHER HOERNEMANN SIOUX CITY IOWA
GABBIE HOERNEMANN SIOUX CITY IOWA
LESLIE GUNNING-SCOFIELD PAPILLION NEBRASKA
MARK BUSE WEST POINT NEBRASKA
KATHY BUSE WEST POINT NEBRASKA
TONYA CARPENTER NORFOLK NEBRASKA
ALLEN JACKSON NORFOLK NEBRASKA
MARK STOFFEL PLAINVIEW NEBRASKA
LYNETTE STOFFEL NORFOLK NEBRASKA
ASHLEY IBURG COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
LINDSAY THOMSON COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
MIKE BURRIS WAYNE NEBRASKA
NICOLE BURRIS WAYNE NEBRASKA
TRAVIS JOHNSON COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
GRANT MAPEL PETERSBURG NEBRASKA
SHERRY MAPEL PETERSBURG NEBRASKA
TANYA HOLLMAN DUNCAN NEBRASKA
CHELSEA KALLENBACH COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
MACY GOTSCHALL COLUMBUS NEBRASKA

Corporate Involvement and Contributions: 
CAMO COWBOYS BBQ OMAHA NEBRASKA
PORK PATROL BBQ OMAHA NEBRASKA
PORKY BUTTS BBQ VALLEY NEBRASKA
BIG MACHINE BBQ WEST POINT NEBRASKA
TWSS BBQ OMAHA NEBRASKA
CASEY’S WEST POINT NEBRASKA
WELLS BLUE BUNNY LEMARS IOWA
GENO’S STEAKHOUSE WAYNE NEBRASKA
PAC N SAVE WAYNE NEBRASKA
ROTELLA’S BAKERY OMAHA NEBRASKA
THE CURE OMAHA NEBRASKA
A1 HEATING AND AIR OMAHA NEBRASKA
WERNER ENTERPRISES OMAHA NEBRASKA
LISA ALFREY OMAHA NEBRASKA
CYNDI USSELL OMAHA NEBRASKA
JOLYNN SCHWISOW OMAHA NEBRASKA
LISA REDA OMAHA NEBRASKA
LOU’S NORFOLK NEBRASKA
HOCKENBERGS OMAHA NEBRASKA
THE OMSON CO GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA
CARGILL COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
HADLEY BRAITHWAIT COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
JACKSON SERVICES COLUMBUS NEBRASKA
TIELKE SANDWICHES NORFOLK NEBRASKA
APPLEBEES NORFOLK NEBRASKA

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Tupelo, MS

louisville

WHAT HAPPENED?

Photos:

Corporate Involvement: 
Big Poppa Smokers
Ole Hickory Pits
AmeriGas
Gordon Food Service
17th Street BBQ

OBR Participants:

BBQ Teams involved included:

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Louisville, MS

tupelo

WHAT HAPPENED?

Photos:

Corporate Involvement: 
Big Poppa Smokers
Ole Hickory Pits
AmeriGas
Gordon Food Service
17th Street BBQ

OBR Participants:

BBQ Teams involved included:

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Mayflower, AR

Tornado Damage in Mayflower, Arkansas

WHAT HAPPENED?
Early on April 27, 2014, a cold front from the Rocky Mountains descended on the Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms that spun out a powerful tornado. Beginning at 7 p.m., the twister cut a swath of destruction through the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Sixteen people were killed and 400 to 500 homes were destroyed. The tornado left a 41-mile (66 kilometer) trail of destruction. It was classified with an EF4 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning it had winds that were between 267-322 kilometers (166-200 miles) per hour.

Photos:

Corporate Involvement: 
Big Poppa Smokers
Ole Hickory Pits
AmeriGas
Gordon Food Service
17th Street BBQ

OBR Participants:
John Wheeler, Paul Peterson, Alex Knight

BBQ Teams involved included:

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Washington IL

WHAT HAPPENED:
Disaster: Tornado
Classification: EF-4
SUMMARY:
On Sunday afternoon November 17th 2013, a violent storm system pounded the midwest with high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes. One of those tornadoes, rated an EF-4 by The National Weather Service had winds estimated at up to 190 mph, and ripped into the town of Washington IL.The violent twister cut a path from one side of town to the other, several blocks of homes in one neighborhood were destroyed.

WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said it may go down as one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. “It appears the storm may have produced the most powerful Illinois November tornado on record outside of St. Louis (and possibly elsewhere) and may be one of the four most intense Great Lakes storms of the past five decades,” he said.

Illinois Governor Quinn later declared seven counties disaster areas.

After working with local contacts in order to determine the best location to deploy to, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers as well as volunteers from the Illinois BBQ Alliance were in Washington by Tuesday. After setting up and firing up the smokers, volunteers were able to send out 1,300 meals the first day.

On Friday, the funeral for the only Washington fatality was held, OBR volunteers were asked to cater the memorial service.

On Saturday, November 23rd, Operation BBQ Relief surpassed a milestone. In a short thirty months since our formation after the Joplin MO tornado, we served our 500,000th meal.

At the conclusion of the six day deployment, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers served 25,600 meals to tornado victims and first responders.

Photo Albums:

Washington IL

SPONSORS: 
OBR Participants:
Jasen & Leslie Adam, Dave Richards, Ron Nunes, Tim Hester, Kevin Friedrich, Colette Deeb, Tina McChesney, Dottie McChesney, Wendy Lehman, JoLynn Truckenbrod, Jason Gwathney, John Wheeler, John Shields, Rob Marion, David McChesney, Brian Polak, Jeff Olson, Rich Jones, Hap Zook, Ron Helms, Jeff Parmele, Margo Nelsen, Shannon Gaunt, Jim Atkinson, Jan Kang, Gary Weigand, Cara Fittrof, Andrew Fittrof, Stephanie Renken, Mike Carson, Taylor Johnson, Elva Davila, Desiree Medina, Caitlyn Kurinsky, Beth Deynolds, Nathan Apodea, Tom Lenning, Bob Brown, Brandon Brown, Jeff Deeds, Andy Burch, Janeva Godby, Mike Therry, Casey Lehman, Sherri Johnson, Tim Johnson, Zach Boland, Tiffani Dutten, Jeromy Brown, Ron Parmele, Kathryn Walter, Eric Engel, Jenni Volk, Joel Bailey, Laura Trckenbrod, Katherine Gross, Liz Curley, Brianna Brown, Cam McChesney, Paul Meister, Ecan McNamera, Jerry Renken, Laura Davis, Megan Dicianan
BBQ Teams involved included:
82′s BBQ, Illinois BBQ Alliance, Designated Smokin’ Area, Bone-Head BBQ, Trails End Smokehouse
We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org

Longmont CO

WHAT HAPPENED:

Disaster: Flooding

SUMMARY:
Around September 11th, clouds and heavy rain had started to roll in along Colorodo’s Front Range, a 130 mile long area along the eastern slope of the Rockies streching from Fort Collins south past Denver & Colorodo Springs.

Longmont CO - (AP Photo/John Wark)In a three day period, 9-1/2 inches of rain fell on Boulder, a city that usually receives just 1-1/2 inches for the entire month of September. The resulting runoff, caused raging floods that affected a 4,500 square-mile area, an area bigger than the state of Connecticut.

Thousands of people have been left homeless and at least 10 dead. After the flood waters had receeded a bit and officials gave the go ahead for relief workers to enter the area. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers from the surrounding area established a command center in the town of Longmont CO.

OBR volunteer Scott Nix, of Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ was one of the first on the scene along with members of the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association. Once the smokers were setup and food started cooking, OBR volunteers were able to put out about 1,850 hot meals to people who had not had a hot meal in several days. On Sunday the group provided approximately 2,100 meals for a group of people that had just come down from the mountainous areas. At the conclusion of the six day deployment, OBR volunteers cooked 11,150 hot meals and left additional food behind for local groups to cook throughout the week.

Photo Albums:

Longmont CO
SPONSORS:
Rubbin’ Buttz BBQCargillCitiImpact MissionsHuwa Reserve Natural Beef, Emerald Bakeries, Fruita Wood Chunks, Ruff’s BBQ Shoppe, ACE Hardware of Highlands Ranch, Ole Hickory Pits, Famous Dave’s BBQ of Ft. Collins, Breckenridge Brewery, Golden Toad

OBR Participants:

Steve Nix, Steven Marrs, Todd Jilbet, Ken King, Dave Stout, Beth Lenz, Mark Lenz, Laura Jay, Michael Ulrich, Nick Walmer, Craig Darnell, Bill Maes, Larry Pitzer, Mark Shook, Mark Strachan, Chuck Marting, Jay Wolf, Keith Segura, Mike Bratton, Jason Ganahl, LifeBridge Church volunteers

BBQ Teams involved included:

Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ, The Denver Cajun BBQ Krewe, Golden Toad, Peace Pit BBQ, Pig Floyd, Stars & Stripes BBQ, Rib-It, Patriots BBQ, Bossman BBQ, GQue, Lizzie Q, Wolfy and the Hog Heaters, Pig Love BBQ

We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org

West TX

WHAT HAPPENED:
Disaster: Grain Elevator Explosion
SUMMARY:
A massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, which badly damaged a five-block area.The blast was so massive and deafening, its ground motion registered as an earthquake. So far 12 deaths have been confirmed with another 60 people unaccounted for.
When OBR volunteers arrived in the late afternoon in West, they quickly found out that the Red Cross & Salvation Army were not cooking any hot meals. Knowing what a simple hot meal can provide for someone who hasn’t had one in a while, they quickly setup smokers and got food going. Later that evening, they were able to serve 500 hot meals.
During the deployment, OBR was approached and asked to cater two memorial services for fallen firefighters. One of which was from a Dallas engine company but had lived in the town of West. The entire engine company from Dallas came up for the memorial, a very humbling experience.
At the conclusion of the four-day operation, OBR volunteers had served 4,765 hot meals to grateful residents and first responders and left behind plenty of food for the VFW to continue feeding people.
Little did we know that all the other organizations inexplicably decided to pull out that evening, leaving the town and first responders in quite a predicament. Not knowing what to do, they reached out to OBR and asked if we could return. Our great volunteers in Texas turned around and were back in the town of West the following day, staying on-site and cooking for an additional four days.
During the eight days that OBR volunteers were in West, they cooked over 16,000 meals, providing food to victims, emergency personnel and countless volunteers helping the community. After learning that volunteers who were supposed to provide breakfast to students housed in hotels with their families did not show up, OBR volunteers provided breakfast to 75 students at their school so they would not go hungry. Our most proud moment was delivering food to the homes of the fallen firefighters for their private memorial services. BBQ is known as comfort food, and we would like to think we brought a little comfort to the families in their time of need.
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SPONSORS: 
OBR Participants:
Bryan McClarty, Michael McAnulty, Troy King, Amber Taylor King, Gerald Maynard, Laura Lowe Blount, Mark Barron, Randy Dunn, Carole Ritter, Royce Zatopek, Robert Waters, Aaron Byrd, Jill Lewis, Rayma Lynn LePoris, Gene Pruett, Ty Hillin, Rick Busick, Lance Carlson, Raymond Howey, Michelle Wade, Danny Christian, Tammy Welch Christian, Susan Chupp, Quincy Wallace
BBQ Teams involved included:

 

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org

Moore, Oklahoma

WHAT HAPPENED:

Disaster: Tornado

Classification: EF-5

Casualties: 24 fatalities, 377 injuries

SUMMARY:
On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The tornado was part of a massive weather system that had produced thunderstorms and smaller tornadoes over previous days. The tornado touched down just before 3:00 p.m. CDT, crossing through a heavily populated area of Moore over a 17-mile path for 39 minutes. The tornado followed a similar track to the Bridge Creek-Moore tornado that struck the area in 1999.

The tornado touched down at an EF-0 intensity west of Newcastle and rapidly intensified to an EF-4 within ten minutes. As it headed toward Moore through more rural areas, the intensity level lessened to an EF-2 strength before it reintensified to an EF-5 strength before hitting Moore. Buildings were completely destroyed, and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported 1150 homes destroyed and $2 billion in damages.

Both Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency, and federal aid was dispatched to the area.

Operation BBQ Relief deployed on May 21, arriving in Moore in the afternoon and served 12,000 meals on that first day. Throughout the 12-day deployment, volunteers served 143,000 meals, the largest operation to date. With another small tornado passing through the area on May 31, the volunteers took shelter but still put out meals when they were given the all-clear.

The outpouring of support from volunteers was tremendous. Prior to the main team’s arrival in Moore, OBR volunteer Jeff Hughes and supporters got 5000 lunches out to police, fire and EMS workers. Our website received over one million hits on the first day from supporters wanting to help out. On Saturday, May 25, OBR put out 26,000 meals. Had Saturday been an operation on its own, it would have been our fourth largest operation since our founding two years ago.

Photo Albums:

Photo Album

SPONSORS:

Sam’s Club, Seaboard Farms, Ben E Keith, Cargill, Coca Cola Products, Flowers Baking Company, CitiImpact Ministries, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, BBQrs Delight, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Big Poppa Smokers, Ronda Allen and the Nodding Donkey, Mercury One, Resers Fine Foods, Cookshack Inc.

OBR Participants:

Aaron Harte, Adam Colvin, Allejandro Santana, Allen Phelps, Aloneo Martinez, Andrea Douglas, Angeles Castaneda, Ann Dotson, April Colvin, April Terry, Ashely Bates, Ashley Rose, Audrey McCaulley, Austin O’Dell, Austin Quinn, Beka Goad, Bill Schmieding, Billy Rich, Bonnie Jackson, Brad Huddleston, Brad Shonda, Braden Shonda, Brandi Hurley, Brandon Bates, Brenda Searles, Brian Bird, Briana Landers, Britni White, Brooklynn Medley, Bryan Mulligan, Candice Gabriel, Candice Nieboer, Candy Melendez, CathyGerdes, Charlie Moore, Chase/Emma Price, Chasity Busby, Chris Bell, Chris Huggins, Chris Robinson, Chris Whitekiller, Christian Sloan, Christian Sloan, Christian Weston, Christina Griffiths, Christine Gonzales, Christy Davis, Cindi Marlon, Cody Landers, Cody Mandrino, Collin Sanders, Dan Childs, Daphne/Nathan Hester, Dennis Quinn, Devon Yost, Doc Kenneson, Don Childs, Don Fikes, Don & Peg Truckenbrod, Donna Prince, Erika Huggins, Erin Harwell, Erin/Madison/Reagan Dulle, Frances Johnson, Geneva McCaulley, George/Debbie Slosky, Greg Landers, Hadie Dust, Jack Langham, Jacob Masterson, Jacob Prince, Jake Chambers, James Anderson, James Bates, James Chaffin, Jammi Nuttoul, Janet Beaver, Jase Fink, Jason Bryan, Jason Craig, Jason Gwathney, Jeff Toney, Jennifer Chaffin, Jenny Chaffin, Jeremy Hester, Jerrold/Kari Unruh, Jessica Chambers, Jim Chaffin, Jim Kerklend, Joan Cheever, Joe/Elaine Megert, John Donohue, John Dust, John Long, John Varner, John Wheeler, Jon/Trudy Eikenberry, Joshua Manson, Jr Busby, JT Sybert, Julia Sterr, Julie Rose, Justin Morgan, Kaci French, Kadie Hays, Kaithlyn Michaels, Kaitlyn Rollins, Kara Medley, Kathryn Gillian, Kathy/Emily/Sam Alvarez, Katie Kahmann, Kaylyn Shonda, Kaytlin Zimpfer, Keci McKendrick, Kesha Adams, Keysia Curry, Kilee Nieboer, Kim Kite, Kim Zinpfer, Kori Dunn, Kris Christina Baker, Kristi/Greg Powers, Kristie Anderson, Kristin Morgan, Kyle Taylor, Lainie Burton, Lance McAfee, Lane Kasselman, Lani Kasselman, Laremy Zaring, Lesa Weston, Leticia Lomo, Leticia Rodriguez, Lisa Adams, Lisa Lynch, Logan Shonda, Lori Freese, Lori Freese, Lori Hodges, Luke Pappas, Luke Walker, Lynda Wessell, Lynnette Robinson, Macy Landers, Malinda Box, Margot Gorrin, Mark Enix, Mark Johnson, Martin Garcia, Martin Harding, Mary Jones, Mary Shaffer, Masen Fords, Matthew Mullies, Max Kokinda, Melissa Clark, Melissa Garcia, Michell Uster, Michelle Hayes, Michelle Kenworthy, Michelle Mandrino, Mike Bullock, Mikel Hogg, Nancy Sparks, Pablo Ortiz Jr., Pat Fikes, Paul Peterson, Paul/Haley Abbot & Daisy Dippett, Phil Gabriel, Phil Kite, Pop’s Smokehouse, Rachael/Isaac Munson, Rachel Patton, RaDawn, Ray Baker, Rebecca Blackwell, Rebecca Lewis, Reisa Rodriguez, Rex Long, Rick Clark, Robert Gonz, Robyn Lacasse, Roger/Peyton Groom, Ron/Miriam Brewster, Rosario Canales, Ryan Alden, Ryan Garcia, Samantha Baker, Samantha Marquie, Sarah Leatherland, Scott Guy, Shannon Melancon, Shawna Baker, Sherry/Steve Morgan, Singi Bowen, Stacie Nieboer, Stacy Ferguson, Stacy Tac, Steve Kite, Sue/Bill Riner, Susan Schmieding, Sydney Allsbury, Tara/Ethan Sullivan, Taylor Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Taylor Johnson, Taylor Neiboer, Theresa Germany, Tiffany Alamz, Tom Moore, Tonya DeLoera, Traci Kaiwdl, Traci Swinney, Travis Clark, Trevor Hoheisel, Trisha Moore, Troy/Julia Ellefson, Troy YoungBlood,Ty Smith, Tyler Crawford, Tyler Lewis, Vanessa Tijerina, Vhaliyah Ledbetter, Victoria Burns, Warren Monnich, Whiney Pugh, Whit Syben, Yvette DeShazer

BBQ Teams involved included:

Sticks and Chicks, County Line Smokers, Smokin Bad Habit, Butcher BBQ, Big Fish BBQ, Natural Born Grillers, Boars Night Out, Smokin Okie, Smoker Builder, Big Poppa Smokers, Camo Cowboys BBQ, Pork Patrol BBQ, Clark Crew BBQ

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen. If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list. Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org

Adairsville GA

WHAT HAPPENED:
Disaster: Tornado
Classification: EF-3
SUMMARY:

A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia, surveyed the damage caused by a supercell thunderstorm that tracked across northwest Bartow and central Gordon counties from approximately 11:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Adairsville pictureThe tornado was rated at the high end of EF-3 with an estimated peak wind at 160 MPH. The path of the tornado was 21.8 miles long and, at its maxium, was 900 yards wide. The tornado resulted in one fatality and 17 injuries. Nine injuries were located in Bartow County and eight were located in Gordon County.

In Bartow County, at least 95 structures were damaged. Thirty-one were destroyed, 17 sustained major damage and 47 sustained minor damage. Most of the damage occurred as a result of trees falling on homes in downtown Adairsville.

In Gordon County, 268 homes suffered damage. Of these, 30 were completely destroyed, 110 sustained major damage and 70 sustained minor damage. Sixty-six of the structures damaged were mobile homes, and 202 were single-family homes.

OBR arrived in Adairsville less than 24 hours after the community was rocked by the tornado, a record for us. In three days, when a shocked and dazed community needed it most, volunteers served up 5000 meals. Our volunteers and donors made this very impactful operation possible, and we thank you all!

Photo Albums:
SPONSORS: 
Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse, Bubba Que
OBR Participants:
BBQ Teams involved included:
Holy Smokes BBQ Team
We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org

Hurricane Sandy

WHAT HAPPENED:

Disaster: Hurricane

Classification: Category 2 Hurricane

SUMMARY:
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. While it was a Category 2 storm off the coast of the Northeastern United States, the storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (as measured by diameter, with winds spanning 1100 miles).

Preliminary estimates assess damage at nearly $75 billion, a total surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina. At least 285 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. The severe and widespread damage the storm caused in the United States, as well as its unusual merge with a frontal system, resulted in the nicknaming of the hurricane by the media and several organizations of the U.S. government “Superstorm Sandy”.

Hurricane Sandy slammed into the US Northeast Coast on October 29th. Knowing this would be a very large disaster, OBR began shipping supplies to New Jersey ahead of time. The Shedd BBQ & Blues joint even packed up a truck full of supplies and sent it on its way all the way from Mississippi. Once it was safe to do so, on November 3rd, using experience gained in the triple deployment in IL, IN & KS, OBR teams from the surrounding states setup operations in Hoboken & Neptune, NJ, as well as a third site in Manhattan, NY.

At the end of day 1, OBR volunteers had already served 5000 hot meals to displaced residents and first responders. Meal totals quckly shot up in the coming days: 9500 on day two, 8000 on day four, and 9000 on day five.

But things soon took a turn for the worse. Just five days laters, a Nor’Easter hit, bringing with it cold, sleet and snow. While the FEMA location in Brick, NJ put up a sign that they were closed because of the weather, OBR volunteers kept putting out hot meals. Day 5 in New York saw the return of Hogzilla and Cousin Ed from Taylor Farms Smokehouse in Tenessee. At the height of operations, OBR teams were cooking in nine seperate locations in New York & New Jersey, teaming up with other organizations such as Mercy Chef’s and The BBQ Brethren. Once operations wound down to a close 12 days later, OBR volunteers had cooked an incredible 100,200 hot meals for first responders and residents, making Operation Sandy the second largest deplyment behind Joplin. During this time, OBR had received generous donations from 40 states and two countries.

Photo Albums:

Hoboken NJ
Brick NJ

SPONSORS:

Main Street Meats, Sal’s Fruit Tree, Clare Rose Distributors, Long Island Firewood, Babylon Village Meat Market, Thermo-King, NEBS, Seventh St Photography, Meat Company NJ, Local Smoke BBQ, Zafar Produce

OBR Participants:

Joe Saccente, Marc Azzarello, Anthony and Laura Kuka-Valois, NJ National Guard, Nina Schenker, Stephen Engler, Squire Rose Group, Diane Srodin Engler, Natalie Torres, Francesca Guido, Gianna Guido, Natalie Rodriguez, Gianna Scardino, Robert Taylor, Robert Marion

BBQ Teams involved included:

Santa Claus, JC’s Barbecue, Blazzin’ Butts, Grill Scouts, Brothers in Smoke, Purple Pork Masters, Cues Your Daddy, Big Barry Q, Mr. Dirts BBQ, Grim Reaper Smokers, Long Island Luau, Out of the Ashes, Baldwin Butt Burners, Buenos Diaz, BBQ Bandit, Smokin’ Irish, Lunchmeat, Ack-Cue, Lazy River BBQ, Dr. Pearls Medicinal Smoke, Chicken Chokers, Guyon Rescue, Three Men and a Baby Back, Tell You What BBQ, Basic BBQ Team, ZBQ, Uncle Jed, Hart Attack, Que and Half Men, Mafia BBQ, Taylor Farms Smokehouse, Jacked Up, Local Smoke, Lakeside, Wilbur’s Revenge, Yabba Dabba Que, The Handsome Devil

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen. If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list. Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org