Mallard Creek BBQ kicks off for 87th year

Every year thousands of people come out to chat with the politicians of Charlotte and enjoy delicious food.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "If you like our BBQ, you'll LOVE our church." That's what the folks from Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church say year after year about their annual BBQ. 

Thursday is the day. It's one of the biggest social and political mixers in the Charlotte area and there's quite a bit of history behind all that pork!

Joe Oehler's family roots in the Mallard Creek BBQ go back to the very beginning. He tells NBC Charlotte his grandparents helped start the event 87 years ago, "they needed to raise some money for the church, they raised something like $30.00 and it got them out of debt during The Depression." 

 

 

What was once a $30.00 victory now brings in anywhere from $70,000 to $90,000. 

"It makes us feel good, that we can help," Oehler said. This year there's even more of a need, church organizers say a lot of the proceeds will go toward Hurricane Matthew relief.

Also, as many of you know, this family affair has turned into a hot spot for all things political, with politicians lining up for hours campaigning for their parties.  However, the biggest and tastiest focus - the pork. 

Organizers are cooking up more than 14,000 pounds of pork, 2,500 gallons of Brunswick stew, and 4,000 pounds of coleslaw.

The mouthwatering event begins Thursday, October 27th at 11 AM.  Show up hungry and early! They're expecting 20,000 to 30,000 people.

 

 

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