Church BBQ Fundraiser – Shiloh UMC

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.

I haven’t written about barbecue yet, but I’m always on the prowl for it. One little known secret to finding good Q is to look for the church BBQ fundraiser. You’re not gonna find this at the mega churches in the burbs so be ready to head into the country a bit. Typically it is a yearly thing where some good old boys in the congregation stay up all night smoking some swine. The next day they sell plates or sandwiches with homemade sides to locals in the community. The quality of the Q may be hit or miss, but you might find a hidden gem. Worst case, you helped to support a small country church.

I haven’t seen a lot of this around our parts, with the exception of this little church. I’ve driven by Shiloh United Methodist Church when they were having their yearly BBQ lunch but never stopped. Shame on me. The other day I caught wind that they were planning the event for this Saturday. Here’s the details:

What: 31st Annual Shiloh UMC BBQ

Where: 4946 Shiloh Rd, Cumming, GA 30040

When: Saturday May 1, 11:00am until 4:00pm

Yesterday I exchanged a few e-mails with the pastor of the church, Alisha Burch. This is an older church with a rich history in south Forsyth. Their BBQ event has been going on for a long time, 31 years as far as they can remember. I was disappointed to learn that the BBQ is catered this year. In the past it was cooked by members of the congregation, but this time the meat will come from Smokejack. However, Pastor Burch assures me that they make their own sauce… with added “deliciousness” as she says. That’s good enough for me!

If you know of other country churches planning BBQ events, by all means leave me a comment!

4 Responses to “Church BBQ Fundraiser – Shiloh UMC”

  1. Sharon Hall April 30, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    There will be a great raffle of wonderful baskets of goodies, too! Massages, car washes, oil changes, free decorating advice from interior design firm, gift cards and much more. Tickets are $1 and there will be extra tickets for those who purchase $5, $10 or $20 worth of tickets.

  2. Lee April 30, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Thanks Sharon. Sounds like a cool event.

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