The Atlanta Jewish community has embraced southern BBQ and put our own spin on it. Our Festival includes approximately 25 BBQ teams competing in the categories of Beef Brisket, Beef Ribs, Chicken and Chili. Our teams double blind entries are judged by KCBS Certified judges and must meet their criteria for each entry.
The Festival is run by the Hebrew Order of David. We are a charitable Jewish men’s organization dedicated to brotherhood, community service and raising funds for charitable organizations. This year our Festival’s primary beneficiary is the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF). They provide zero interest college loans to help students get the “Last Mile” funding they need for their college education. To learn more about JELF please check out their website www.JELF.org.
We draw about 3000 members of the community to our Festival every year and you do not have to be Jewish to love Kosher BBQ or even to field a team. We showcase local Kosher Caterers, community organizations and artisans. We have a huge Kids Zone and live music throughout the day.
To keep it strictly Kosher we employ Rabbi’s from the Atlanta Kashrut Commission to ensure all of our meat, spices and equipment are up to their standards. We provide each team with two Weber Kettles, charcoal, spices, all of the meat and all cooking utensils. The teams pay their $600 entry fee, bring their recipes and skills and start cooking. This is as close to a level playing field as you can get. It’s not Iron Chef or Chopped but the excitement and competition is as intense.
This year we have been honored to be included in the Atlanta History Center’s BBQ Nation Exhibition. Last year’s Grand Champion Trophy is one of three in their trophy case right next to Chris Lilly’s of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q from Decatur, Alabama.