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National Barbecue Association Announces Partnership with Operation BBQ Relief

Two BBQ powerhouses pair up to aid victims of natural disasters

OBR Adairsville, GA TornadoThe National BBQ Barbecue Association announced today an official partnership with Operation BBQ Relief, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded to provide much-needed relief to victims of natural disasters.

“We’ve had a working relationship with Operation BBQ Relief for some time now, and we are pleased to make it official,” said Roy Slicker, president of the National BBQ Association. “We look forward to helping to raise the profile of this important organization that so well represents the camaraderie and emphasis on community that is inherent in the BBQ industry.”

OBR West TX 5Operation BBQ relief was established in 2011 in the wake of a devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. Competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and emergency personnel. The group served more than 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks with help from businesses who contributed food and supplies and people from across the country who donated funds. As a result of efforts in Joplin, Operation BBQ Relief was born and has since served nearly 500,000 barbecue meals to victims of natural disasters in the United States.

“We are excited to partner with the National Barbecue Association! It is a perfect fit for us, and we have benefited greatly from our relationship with the group already,” said Stan Hays,
executive director and co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief.

With this NBBQA partnership comes financial support along with awareness opportunities to help Operation BBQ Relief gain volunteers and secure donations from industry leaders and barbecue enthusiasts.

OBR Washington Il Tornado 2For more information about Operation Barbecue Relief efforts, visit

About the NBBQA
Founded in 1991, the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) is dedicated to supporting the unique food culture of barbecue and the people who love it. The NBBQA’S goals are to promote the recognition and image of the industry, facilitate effective networking of industry resources, foster new business opportunities for its members, and educate and inform the public about the art and enjoyment of barbecue. For more information, visit

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