From the Heart – February 2021

Feb 15, 2021 | Newsletters

From the Heart

February 2021

Message from the Co-Founders

Operation BBQ Relief launched our first billboard campaign! We extend our gratitude to Lamar Advertising Company for the generous donation of billboards to promote our mission. We love sharing in Lamar’s goal of leaving “every place that we’re privileged to operate in better than the way we found it.”

Love BBQ?
Love to Help People?
Join Us!

This call-to-action was on the very first Operation BBQ Relief t-shirt when the organization first started. We are grateful to over 14,000 volunteers and supporters who answered the call to join us in sharing the hearing power of BBQ.

We are thrilled to have the billboard raise awareness and recruit more volunteers to join our efforts!

Let us know if you have an Operation BBQ Relief billboard sighting by tagging @opbbqrelief and Lamar @lamaradvertising! Please use hashtag #OBRBillboard and we will have a raffle for all tags to win Operation BBQ Relief swag! Most billboards will be running until February 18th.

Billboard markets
Los Angeles, Kansas City, New Orleans, Austin, NYC/NJ, Richmond, VA, Tuscaloosa, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Springfield, MO, Ocala, Buffalo, Memphis – Shelby, Midland, Charlotte, Jackson, TN, Temple, Montgomery, Evansville, Hattiesburg, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Myrtle Beach, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Dubuque, Phoenix, Shreveport-Bossier City, St. Cloud, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Allentown, PA

We hope to see many of you at our 10th Anniversary celebration in Kansas City in May! Please register your team to come out and celebrate this exciting milestone!

Stan Hays, CEO
Will Cleaver, CPO and Head of Finance

Operation BBQ Relief will be hosting our first Celebrity BBQ Academy & Golf Classic fundraiser on Monday, May 24, 2021 in Kansas City. Join us as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Operation BBQ Relief!

Do you love to golf and enjoy good BBQ?

Your golf team will play on one of the best courses in the Kansas City area while sampling delicious BBQ and drink pairings throughout the course.

Do you love good BBQ but do not golf?

Sign up for the BBQ Academy course. Participants in teams of 4 will get a fast-paced introduction to the art and science of BBQ at different stations throughout the golf course. You’ll learn the tools of the trade, the difference between hot-n-fast and low-n-slow, and how to apply them to turn out the best grilling and BBQ you have ever tried.

Come hungry and get ready for a fun-filled day to further the mission of Operation BBQ Relief.

Click here to sign up!

BBQ Academy

The Operation BBQ Relief team filmed segments for BBQ Academy!

Stay tuned to learn the craft of BBQ from champion pitmasters and chefs!

Virtual BBQ Academy will launch in March 2021!

Serving Those Who Serve Us

Through the Operation Restaurant Relief program, we teamed up with Wilma’s Good Food to provide meals to veterans experiencing homelessness at Hope Faith in Kansas City. Veterans are served meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Over 4800 meals have been provided to date! The program will continue until the end of March!

Operation BBQ Relief Recipes

Looking for a delicious dessert recipe?

Watch Purple Heart recipient, 2019 Rod Cramer Volunteer of the Year, and Champion Pitmaster Alan Nichols teach Mike Golic how to make a delicious strawberry cobbler!

Click here to watch video

Click here for recipe

Alan’s Strawberry Cobbler

Mike Golic and Champion Pitmaster Alan Nichols

Operation BBQ Relief YouTube Channel

Operation BBQ Relief needs your help as we grow our YouTube channel. Please visit our YouTube channel and click Subscribe! The channel has numerous videos that will highlight volunteers, deployments, programs, and recipes!

Thank you for your support!

Corporate Supporters




Join the #iamOBR movement with a tax deductible monthly contribution where you can select donation options to help support Operation BBQ Relief.


Operation BBQ Relief relies solely on volunteers like you. Whether you are a competition BBQ team, caterer, restaurateur or simply an individual or group wanting to help when disaster strikes, we want you to be a part of this rewarding experience in helping people.