644,839 Meals |  145 Days Deployed | 18 States
4,447 Meals per day | Over 2,750 Volunteers

The mission of Operation BBQ Relief is to provide compassion, offer hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States through our expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals and our ability to quickly mobilize our teams into any area where nature disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans. To do this Operation BBQ Relief needs your help! Since May of 2011, Operation BBQ Relief has served 644,839 meals, spent 145 days on deployments with the help of over 2,750 volunteers. We are excited to launch “IHeartOBR” a tax deductible monthly contribution where you can select the best donation amount for you ($10, $25, $50, $75, $100) to help support Operation BBQ Relief.




What: 3rd annual fundraiser for OBR

When: 2/27/16

Where: Marriott Louisville East – Louisville, KY

Activities: Whole Hog Cooking Demo and tasting by Heath Riles of Victory Lane BBQ. Displays, live music, bourbon tasting, great food, guest speakers and our famous live auction.

Cost: $150/person $225/couple. 100% of the registration fee goes to OBR as does 100% of all proceeds from the auction.

Register Now!

Discounted room rates of $89/night will be available at the hotel (Marriott’s top rated hotel) Book Your Room Now.

Friends of OBR Fundraiser Schedule

2/26/16 – 4:30pm: Whole Hog Demo by Heath Riles of Victory Lane BBQ begins. Heath has dominated MBN the past several years winning multiple Team of the Year awards. Unquestionably one of the best hog cookers in the country. Hog prepping begins at this time.

2/27/16 – 10am: Whole Hog Demo continues
3pm: Whole Hog Tasting. Vendors and displays open.
5pm: Bourbon Tasting begins
6:15: Welcome and opening remarks
6:30: Dinner
7:30: Guest Speaker-Stan Hayes Co-Founder of OBR
8:00: Our famous live auction begins
9:00: Live music by Sacre Bleu (cajun blues band)

We are accepting donations for the auction. If interested contact Ralph Blandford atblandfordauction@bellsouth.net or 859-481-3992. Auction donations are tax deductible and for any donation of $200 or more you will receive free admission to event as well as display space. All items accepted. You donate it, we’ll sell it.

– Deep South GC28 custom smoker
– BBQ class entry for Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke
– 270 Smoker
– UDS by Victory Smokers
– WSM smoker
– Contest entries
– Big Poppa Smokers gift set

As always 100% of all monies raised go directly to OBR. In the past 2 years we have raised over $50,000 that has gone directly to support OBR.

If you have any questions about this event you can contact us via PM on Facebook or at tom_hillman@bellsouth.net or at 502-836-5007

Support Operation BBQ Relief!

If you prefer you can do a 1 time donation in the Amount you choose.

Where do funds go?

Made Possible with support from:


Why I got involved, Will Cleaver ~ Co-Founder

I went to school in southeast KS at Pitt State University in Pittsburg, KS (about 30 minutes from Joplin)  on the night of the tornado my wife and I were listening  to a police scanner hoping it wasn’t as bad as it sounded on the scanner.  We had a lot of... read more

Why I got involved, Roger Dietrich ~ State Lead

Why I got involved with OBR Back in May of 2012 Tornadoes came thru Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. This was in the infancy of OBR and at the time I was not part of it. I decided to set up in Moscow, Ohio which was pretty much destroyed by the Tornadoes. Not knowing what... read more