BBQers Helping Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes

by Cole Pepper

Volunteers prepare meals to be served to victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. (photo: Operation BBQ Relief)

There are very few types of cooking that can produce the quantities of meat that barbecue smoking can. Large competition smokers can be so big that they require huge trailers pulled by oversized trucks to move them from place to place.

The ability to cook large quantities of meat and the will to help those affected by weather disasters, these were the key pieces in the formation of Operation BBQ Relief.

The non-profit group was formed in 2011, originally to help victims of tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. Now, just two years later, the group continues to feed those who have been affected by storms. According to a story in the LA Times (that bastion of BBQ news), Operation BBQ Relief (Twitter: @OpBBQRelief) has served up 50,000 pounds of meat to Oklahoma tornado victims.

That works out to 122,000 meals. Amazing.

And that was before yesterday’s storms tore through Oklahoma once again.

According to the organization’s website, Operation BBQ Relief has served meals to those affected by storms from Michigan, to Indiana to Alabama. Kudos to those BBQ chefs who donate their time and talent to help the victims of mother nature.