Alabama Enjoys Kosher BBQ Festival

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Pig–from ribs to pulled pork to hogs smoked whole–is often synonymous with the world of Southern barbecue. But recently, Jews from across the region gathered in Birmingham, Alabama for the fifth annual When Pigs Fly Kosher BBQ Cook-Off, proving that chicken, brisket, and beans can be just as delicious as any other smoked food.

“It’s nothing like it, that’s for sure — especially deep in the South here,” Jacob Halpern, the festival’s chairman, told AL.com. “People to this day still can’t grasp the concept that there is barbecue but not pork.”

Admission to the festival was free, but all-access tasting tickets cost $30. A la carte meat and sandwiches were also available.

Although winners were crowned for best food, equally competitive was the Best Team Name category. Entrants included the Megillah Grillahs, Burning Bush BBQ, Jew B Leev Cafe, Smokey and the Brisket, the Holy Smokers, and Still Too Sauced to Pork.

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