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September 11th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

Eatocracy: Inside a Kosher BBQ competition

Editor's Note: Over at our sister blog Eatocracy there's a great post about a Kosher BBQ competition.  THis post comes from Steven Weinberger a Senior Systems/Software Developer at CNN who blogs at Kosherblog.net. Follow him on Twitter @KosherDIY.

On the last full week of August, I took my wife and five children on a road trip. We were going to be driving in our minivan for more than 18 hours, across six states. Masochistic? Very few road trips with five children aren't. Our inspiration for this trip? Three letters say it all: BBQ.

We were headed to Memphis, Tennessee to compete in the nation's oldest and largest Kosher BBQ competition.

Kosher BBQ? In Memphis? True enough, in Memphis pork is the undisputed king of BBQ, but at the Anshei Sphard – Beth El Emeth Congregation in Memphis, it's all about beef – Kosher beef briskets and racks of ribs shipped in from a New York distributor to be exact.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Food • Judaism • Kosher

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