Kosher Meets Texas Cuisine in Dallas Championship

A big title is on the line in Dallas this weekend when the annual Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship returns for a third year.

And, what the teams are cooking up is "something good."

Mike Precker writes in a news release "the national cuisine of Texas meets the dietary laws of the Bible." Because no work can be done or fires lit on the Jewish Sabbath, teams started preparing the meats last night at Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson.

The meats remain in a refrigerated truck until the cooking starts after sundown Saturday. Teams will be up all night fine tuning the meat before the judges declare a champion on Sunday.

Last year’s championship drew more than 1,600 barbecue lovers for a day of smoking, grilling and family fun. Brian Rubenstein, co-chair of the championship, says he expects a bigger crowd and teams from across the country to show off their barbecue skills as the event continues to grow.

“We’ve put Dallas on the kosher barbecue map, and we’re drawing interest from all over,” he said. “And we’re proud to bring the joy of kosher barbecue to the community as a whole.”

The competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Sunnyland Patio Furniture, at the corner of Spring Valley and Coit roads in Dallas. The festivities will include music, cooking demonstrations, silent auctions, a kids play area, hot dog and pickle eating contests and, of course, barbecue.

Admission is free.

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