“Kosher” and “barbecue” are two words that don’t normally fit together, especially in the Deep South where BBQ is synonymous with pork. But Birmingham’s Conservative congregation and spiritual leader Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith have found a way to make it work by focusing on beef and beans. No pork permitted.
Temple Beth-El will host its third annual Piggly Wiggly When Pigs Fly Kosher BBQ Contest & Festival on May 20. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the synagogue at 2179 Highland Avenue South.
The event features teams from Birmingham and around the country vying for top honors. Prizes are awarded for the Best Kosher Beef Brisket, Best Kosher Beef Ribs, Best Kosher Beans, Best Team Booth and Best Team Name. Trophies will also be awarded to the first, second and third places in the new “People’s Choice” category for Best Kosher Beans and Best Kosher Brisket. Plus, there will be an overall Grand Champion.
Most importantly, this is a Kosher event, so all ingredients, implements and cooking are watched closely by Rabbi Goldsmith. All ingredients are purchased by the synagogue for the teams. All utensils are provided by the synagogue. The synagogue owns all of the kettle-grills that will be used.
When Pigs Fly is a family event and includes a children’s zone, live music and the popular annual pickle-eating contest.
For details on team and event registration, sponsorship opportunities and general information, visit www.WhenPigsFlyKosherBBQ.com or contact Jacob Halpern at 369-5151 or MajorPromotions@charter.net.