Jefferson County, Alabama (Tornado) / 5,700 Meals over 4 Days

The National Weather Service said at least six different tornadoes skipped across central Alabama, causing damage across a wide area. The strongest hit Jefferson County, with winds up to 150 MPH. The first tornado, an EF-2 with 130 MPH winds, left a path of destruction 880 yards wide and 13 miles long, killing one man. The second tornado to hit Jefferson County, an EF-3 with 150 MPH winds, stayed on the ground for 22 minutes and killed a 16-year-old girl.

Within 48 hours, Competition BBQ teams from Operation BBQ Relief were setting up in the parking lot of Clearview Baptist Church in Pinson, Alabama. Even though other disaster relief organizations didn’t think the need was there, OBR managed to feed 5,700 hot meals to weary first responders and tornado victims.

Sponsors:Bub-Ba-Que, Red Diamond Tea, Wood Fruitticher Food Service Distribution, Royal Oak, Grace Kitchen, Max Packaging, St. Joseph’s Anglican Church, The Masons Clay Lodge, Academy Sports, Evans Meat, National BBQ News, Grissom High School, Clearview Baptist Church

OBR Participants:

Lynn Entrekin, Scott Gorham, Gary Lanton, Dionn Lanton, Kell Phelps, Baily Phelps, Michael Gochnour, Jody Harris, Steve Chatham, Heath Fant, Conner Sullivan, Annett Davis, Charles Webster, Carolyn Webster

BBQ Teams involved included:

Spices Smokehouse, Holy Smokes BBQ Team, National BBQ News

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.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Flooding) / 5,000 Meals over 3 Days

Hurricane Irene swept through the Caribbean and eastern portion of the United States, flooding several areas from North Carolina to Maine. Then soon after Tropical Storm Lee soaked the Midwest then the Northeast, leaving many inches of rain and leading to the worst flooding in Pennsylvania in 40 years.

Teams from Operation BBQ Relief setup in the parking lot at Walmart off of HWY 322 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In three days, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers distributed over 5000 meals to displaced residents and first responders.

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.

Joplin, Missouri (Tornado) / 120,000 Meals over 11 Days

On Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, a massive multi-vortex EF-5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing 156 people and injuring more than 1000. It left a path of almost total destruction six miles long and over half a mile wide. It is now classified as the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history. In the wake of this nearly unprecedented destruction, competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and emergency personnel, including police, fire and the National Guard. The group, headed by Stan Hays (County Line Smokers), Jeff Stith (Big Creek BBQ) and Will Cleaver (Sticks N Chicks BBQ), was able to serve over 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks during the operation in Joplin. Food was served from our location in the community and delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers also loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas within the tornado’s footprint. The operation was made possible by many businesses who contributed food and supplies and people from across the country who donated cash. As a result of efforts in Joplin, Operation BBQ Relief was born. The Joplin operation will be used as a model for future disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods and other tornadoes.

BBQ Teams Involved:

BBQ Teams involved included: Bigbee’s BBQ, Big Creek BBQ, Meats in Paradise, Big Fish BBQ, Porkin’ Ain’t Easy, Early Bird BBQ, Smokin’ Hicks BBQ, DanD BBQ, Big Bad Dad BBQ, Porky McBeef and the Cluckers, Holy Smokes BBQ , Baldin’ Smokin’ Banditos, SmokerBuilder.com, Naughty Nurses BBQ, Get Ya Some, Git Your Pig On, Knotheads BBQ, GreatQ4U!, Bandit BBQ, Smokin’ Bad Habit BBQ, Sticks-n-Chicks BBQ, Big Pig Smokin’, Smokin’ Butts, Ayers Pit Crew, Ribs4U, Smoke On Wheels, Sauced-N-Smokin, Sloppy’s Backwoods Smokers, Slabba Dabba Doo, Funny Farm BBQ, Everything But Hooves, Hair, & Horns (EBH3), Oakridge BBQ, Smokin’ BBQ Boys, Caveman Cuisine, Half Sauced Barbeque, Red,White & Blue BBQ, Taylor Farms Smokehouse LLC, CRAMERQUE, County Line Smokers, MooCow BBQ, Smoke-N-Honor, Bert’s Barbecue, Team Overserved, TheSlabs.c

Volunteers:

Aaron Black, Andrew Korbesmeyer, Anna, Mark & Brad Sturdefant, April Hepko, Barbara Whitlock, Beth Bigby, Beth Karriker, Bryan McLarty, Buffie Brinkerhoff, Chet Anderson, Chip Caraway, Chris Early, Chris Mueller, Chrissy Schmidt, Craig & Patty Kidwell, Dan Duncan, Darin Cram, Dave Elliott, Dionn & Gary Lanton, Elizabeth Kratochvil, Eric Westervelt, Frank Cox, Frank Schaffer, Gary & Gerry Benham, Greg & Kristi Powers, Heather Johns, Heather Keith, Jack Karriker, Jake Early, Jana Early, Jason Summers, Jeff Hughes, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Pickman, Jeff, Tammy & Taylor Stith, Jerry Shipe, Jim Altic, Jim Knepper, Jim Rhino, Jim Sturm, Jim & Jerri Bigby, John Buschmann, John Hochscheid, Jon Orr, Jon Stinson, Jon Tupper, Judy Thompson, Justin Ayers, Kathryn Coltrin, Kathy Waller, Kay Brewster, Kaylin Groneman, Kelly Cain, Kimberly Groneman, Kurt Schwab, Larry & Joyce Mickels, Lauren Groneman, Lee Keith, Lee Thompson, Lon Campbell, Lori Graham, Lynda Johnson, Mandy Johnson, Manuel & Dawn Pruneda, Marc Matthews, Mark Ribblett, Mark & Haley Zimmerman, Mathew Amezaga, Michael Curry, Michael Trump, Michelle Higgins, Mike Espey, Nick Early, Nicole & Chad Backermam, Randall & Andrea Heimgartner, Rhonda Ray, Richard Allen, Rick Sage, Robert Kee, Robert (Ed) Taylor, Robert Lee Johnson, Rodney Cramer, Samuel Kratochvil, Sandy Meinders, Scott Seal, Shane Petzold, Sherry Cramer, Stan Hays, Stel Steller, Steve Stealey, Susan Kratochvil, Taylor Johnson, Terry Kratochvil, Tim Bert, Tim Gray, Todd Johns, Troy Enke, Valerie Wilson, Vern Guilford, Walt Coltrin, Will Cleaver.

Corporate Support:

Sam’s Club, OK Foods, Stubbs BBQ, Farmers Insurance, Taylor Farms Smokehouse, Tyson Foods, Hostess, Dolly Madison, BBQr’s Delight, Pepsi, Target, Head Country, Kosmo’s BBQ, Butcher BBQ, Plowboys BBQ, TheSlabs.com, Ott’s, Smoky Mountain Smokers, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Smoke Me BBQ Wood, McCormick Distillery, Bandana’s BBQ, Royal Oak, Kookers Kare, Great Lakes BBQ Association, the employees of Joplin Golden Corral and the employees of Carthage Lowe’s. In addition, many, many people from across the United States sent cash donations to help make this mobilization possible.

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.