This year’s High Holiday season was accompanied by a wave of stories suggesting celebrants smoke their Rosh Hashanah briskets, Texas-style. But for local Jews who adhere to religious dietary restrictions, the chance to go whole beef – or at least whole chicken – with their barbecue interests comes next month, when Synagogue Emanu-El hosts its third annual kosher barbecue competition.
According to organizer Debbie Rothschild, all cooking supplies are provided by the synagogue to prevent a team from wheeling in a rig which previously held a pig. “But we can accommodate everyone,” she stresses. “Last year we had 12 cookers donated.” The synagogue also orders the ribs, briskets, fish and chickens directly from a kosher purveyor. Continue reading