Enjoy delicious eats and family fun during Asbury United Methodist Church’s BBQ & Chili Cookoff on June 22. Enter the cookoff for a chance to win cash prizes!

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Family fun with family and friends at Asbury. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Get ready to loosen your belt, because Asbury United Methodist Church is gearing up for their BBQ & Chili Cookoff, happening June 22 from 5-8PM and everyone is welcome! Tickets can be purchased at the event $8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-10. Children ages four and under get in free!

Show Off Your Barbecue-ing Skills

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It’s time to grill. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Do you make some good barbecue? Put on your chef’s apron and see how your specialty stacks up! To enter the contest, all you have to do is prepare any smoked meat—pork, beef, chicken or wild game—and your homemade secret sauce. Entry fee is $25. Enter now.


Prizes will be awarded, too. Wow the panel of judges and win $250. There will also be a People’s Choice award of $150 given to the crowd’s favorite.

Calling All Chili-Concocting Enthusiasts

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Will you impress the judges with your cooking skills? Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Is chili your specialty? Then start gathering those ingredients for that trusted recipe and enter the chili cookoff contest.

Does your chili have the taste measurements to win best chili? The crowd will decide by casting their votes. The winner will receive $100!


Entry fee is $10. Enter here.

Jam-Packed Family Fun

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Enjoy food and friends at Asbury. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Tasty barbecue and chili isn’t all this event has to offer. There will also be lots of family-friendly fun and entertainment, including:

  • Lawn games
  • Waterslide
  • Live music by The Elev8tors (featuring Jim Binzer, Danny Kirkpatrick, Harold Sudderth and friends)

Save room for dessert because Big Spoon Creamery and Kona Ice will be on-site scooping up cold summer treats.


Finger-Lickin’ Good

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Good friends, good eats. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

The enticing smells and savory flavors of barbecue don’t have to be left behind at the event. You can continue to enjoy them at home by ordering a delicious Boston butt in advance for $38.

Each Boston butt is 8-10 pounds and will be smoked on-site and ready to pick up at the event. Your order will also include a pint of finger-lickin’ sauce. Yum!

All orders must be made in advance. Order now.


Proceeds From the Event

When you join in on the delicious fun at the BBQ & Chili Cookoff, you will be helping Asbury and local communities in a big way. Proceeds from the event will help Asbury launch a brand-new congregational care program called Anchor Community Respite Ministry, benefiting caregivers and loved ones dealing with memory-loss issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The program’s name was inspired by Hebrews 6:19: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. “We want this program to be an anchor for caregivers and their loved ones everywhere, offering hope, support and stability,” says Maggie Dunaway, Director of Congregational Care.

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Family get-togethers. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

“This program will not only provide a much-needed break for caregivers, but also community and enrichment for the participants of the program suffering from memory loss,” said Director of Congregational Care, Maggie Dunaway.


Here’s how the program works:

Twice a week, every week, caregivers can bring their loved their loved ones to Asbury where they can stay for four hours a day. During this time, caregivers will have the chance to run errands or take a much-needed break, while their loved ones are being safely cared for, playing games, participating in group activities and enjoying a hot meal.

When learning about the Anchor Community Respite Ministry, one thing in particular struck me as wonderful—the program is available to everyone.


“You do not have to be a member of Asbury to participate,” said Dunaway. “Anyone in Shelby County, Jefferson County and surrounding communities can sign up.”

The cost is $40 per day. If you compare this to the cost of local daycare for children, this is an incredibly low price. Knowing your loved one is being safely cared for, though, is priceless.

The Anchor Community Respite Ministry is in keeping with Asbury’s mission of helping to serve neighbors both near and far. Asbury runs its very own food pantry and various assistance programs, as well as tithes 10% of its annual giving to many local and international mission/nonprofit organizations. Learn more.


Get Your Tastebuds Ready

Are you ready for some good food and summer fun? Then head to Asbury United Methodist Church’s BBQ & Chili Cookoff on June 22 from 5-8PM. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Find Asbury United Methodist at 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242.

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