Hurricane Florence relief to his beloved BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is a traditional North Carolina staple areas trying to recover from former Hurricane Florence, including Fayetteville (see photo).


A Missouri-based organization is bringing a North Carolina staple areas trying to recover from Florence.

Operation BBQ Relief said in a statement Tuesday that it had deployed its group of barbecue lovers of Wilmington and Fayetteville to support recovery efforts by providing hot meals to displaced residents and first responders.

The organization says the Wilmington and Fayetteville deployment locations are suitable for the production of up to 50,000 meals per day.

At this time, approximately 100 volunteers working, pulled pork, pork loin sandwiches, fruits, breads, green beans, corn, and white beans.

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Our partners at @olehickorypits have done it again. They have mobilized a host of additional cooking appliances for us to use while we are deployed after #HurricaneFlorence. This will help greatly with the production of 25k+ meals for those affected by this disaster.

A post shared by the Operation BBQ Relief (@opbbqrelief) on Sep 13, 2018 at 1:24pm PDT

It is not an easy task.

David Marks, chief marketing officer for the Operation BBQ Relief, told Fox News about the conditions of the relief: “No power, everyone is looking for ice, people sleeping in cars at gas stations waiting for gas to arrive, and they are on the who are pumping for at least four days at this point.”

The organization was founded in 2011 after a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

Brands told the Greenville News that the non-profit formed out of a shared desire to work towards a common good. “We compete with each other and the competition is fierce, but the brotherhood between the competitive barbecuers is really tight and everyone helps each other,” Brands said after arriving in Wilmington on Monday afternoon. “And this is really just an extension of that.”

The organization has implemented in response to natural disasters such as severe flooding in South-Carolina, in 2016, and the Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor related geopolitical, military, crime, technology, and sports for His e-mail is

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