Barbecue fundraiser a success

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 03:41 PM

There’s a happy ending to the story in last week’s Faith section about two barbecue smokers stolen from Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church and the “Bring Back the Butts” fundraiser held Friday.
The stolen 84-inch smokers haven’t been recovered, but the fundraiser has paid them off and will soon bring in enough for Al Myers to purchase a new smoker for the pig pickings he does for Mt. Bethel Presbyterian and veterans groups.
Myers had cooked 630 pounds of pork butt for a Mt. Bethel fundraiser in late April, and the chained up smokers were stolen before he could pick them up. Insurance covered half the cost of the smokers, which he had borrowed from friends in his Up N $moke competitive barbecue group. The “Bring Back the Butts” fundraiser held Friday at Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough brought in $6,700 – enough to pay back the rest of the smokers and, with another few parties ordered through the fundraiser website, to buy a new smoker.
Myers said the first guy in line gave him $100 for a $7 plate of smoked barbecue, offering the donation because of Myers’ volunteer barbecue service on behalf of veterans.
“And that’s the way the evening went,” Myers said Tuesday. “It was an incredible success.”
The weather didn’t cooperate – the rain collapsed the tent he was cooking under for the fundraiser, but the pork was smoked and the people ate. Myers said he is thankful to everyone.
Myers said the next barbecue fundraiser at his church, Mt. Bethel, will probably be this fall. The April fundraiser raised money for church youth trips.