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Kosher BBQ competition is a hit among Jews—and some Muslims, too
JTA ^ | September 20, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg

Posted on 09/20/2011 7:17:48 PM PDT by SJackson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (JTA) -- If there’s anything that can bring the Jews of Tennessee together, it would be barbecue.

This past weekend, the 23rd annual Kosher BBQ Contest and Festival drew thousands of Jews from Tennessee and around the country.

It attracted a group of Muslims, too. Turns out they're not bad at cooking kosher brisket: The Memphis Islamic Center’s team, the "Halal Smokers," won a third-place award for their brisket entry.

The commingling of Jews and Muslims among tables heaped with baked beans, hamburgers and ribs provided a counterpoint to anti-Muslim protests in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and death threats aimed recently at mosques elsewhere in this state.

“This is what America is all about,” Adam Itayem, who manned the Halal Smokers’ booth, said during the event. Itayem is also the owner of Tom’s Bar-B-Q in Memphis.

“People from all over the community feel comfortable coming year after year,” observed Rabbi Joel Finkelstein, the rabbi of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth, the Orthodox synagogue that organizes the annual event and holds it in its parking lot.

Every May, this Mississippi River city hosts the famed World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, held each year on a Saturday. That contest has an overwhelmingly porcine character.

The synagogue cooked up its contest more than two decades ago so that its Shabbat- and kosher-observant members could get in on the barbecue action.

“It is the only event I know that brings the entire Jewish community together,” said Steve Kaplan, a longtime organizer of the event. He estimated that 3,000 people in all came to the festival.

The kosher barbecue contest has become so popular that attendees from far and wide are trying to copy the Memphis model.

Longtime participant Bruce Downs of Birmingham, Ala., said he has helped launch a similar kosher competition back home, sponsored in part by the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain, whose local branch sells kosher meat.

Warren Binderman, an accountant whose “Grillin Tefillin” teams had baked beans bubbling on the grill in Memphis, said he’s trying to start a similar contest in Atlanta.

Marvin Rembo, of Jericho, N.Y., a chemical wholesaler, was sent by his synagogue to scout out the Memphis competition. His mission, Rembo said, is to launch a Long Island-wide kosher barbecue competition next June that will be sanctioned by Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth. The winner will get to compete in Memphis -- which can make the uncontested claim, at least for now, of hosting what has quickly evolved into North America’s world series of kosher grilling.

“Eisenhower invaded Europe with less preparation than these guys did to get ready,” Rembo said of the organizers of the Memphis barbecue.

For the crowds this weekend, Sunday was an opportunity not just to tantalize the taste buds, but also to pet goats, shoot some hoops and meet up with friends from around town. Some 45 teams participated in the cooking contest, with each paying a $125 entrance fee in addition to buying all the kosher meat and ingredients they needed. With smoke from the grills hovering over the parking lot, the scene had the air of a Civil War reenactment.

Stuart Lazarov, an anesthesiologist and past president of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth, said sponsors of the event this year included a medical center, a property-management firm, a bank, a casino, law firms and a frozen yogurt store. In a humorous nod, a group of gastrointestinal specialists sponsored a pickle-eating contest.

The grand prize winners, and victors of the ribs competition, were the “Pickering Potchkers.” The best brisket went to “Grills Gone Wild.” The baked beans of the “Cow Towers” took first place in the beans category.

The Memphis Islamic Center’s booth drew a lot of curious Jews who chatted with the cooks about the similarities and differences of the laws governing halal and kosher meat.

Aside from meat, the main draw of the day was a basketball tournament in which 40 teams competed for trophies in three-on-three competition. The power forward for the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, Tariq Black, chatted with fans of his team.

Of the food, Black said, “They have the best salami I have ever tasted.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: bbq; competition; hit; jews; kosher; muslims

1 posted on 09/20/2011 7:17:51 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

BBQ Jew: http://bbqjew.com/


2 posted on 09/20/2011 7:19:20 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Disgusted with the establishment GOP and their enablers.)
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To: SJackson
The best brisket went to “Grills Gone Wild.”

Oy vey.

3 posted on 09/20/2011 7:21:03 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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4 posted on 09/20/2011 7:21:48 PM PDT by SJackson (Free Palestine, return it to the inhabitants who had the land taken by the Romans, Alan West)
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To: SJackson
The commingling of Jews and Muslims among tables heaped with baked beans, hamburgers and ribs provided a counterpoint to anti-Muslim protests in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and death threats aimed recently at mosques elsewhere in this state.

Well, BBQ is a religion.

5 posted on 09/20/2011 7:24:22 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SJackson

Strip away the loyalties to anti-truth, anti-freedom, anti-individual, anti-life collectives and we all have a great deal in common. If not, it’s war.


6 posted on 09/20/2011 7:24:44 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: SJackson

That’s the way America usually is — and should be in more places, instead of certain groups trying to be ever more separate!


7 posted on 09/20/2011 7:26:14 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: SJackson

no pork?


8 posted on 09/20/2011 7:27:13 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: SJackson

The commingling of Jews and Muslims among tables heaped with baked beans, hamburgers and ribs provided a counterpoint to anti-Muslim protests in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and death threats aimed recently at mosques elsewhere in this state.

“THIS IS AMERICA, F@CK YEAH!,” Adam Itayem, who manned the Halal Smokers’ booth, said during the event. Itayem is also the owner of Tom’s Bar-B-Q in Memphis.

Well that’s what I heard.


9 posted on 09/20/2011 7:31:32 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
PORK BBQ is the only real BBQ. If it's chicken or beef there's a religious element behind it ~ whether Kosher, Halal or Hindu/Jain standards.

I'd like to see those Jews and Moslems try to make peace with the folks in Murfreesboro with a REAL BBQ.

10 posted on 09/20/2011 7:34:38 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: PGalt

Jews have been here since the Founding. Muslims, not hardly at all. Any attempt to rewrite our heritage is misguided.

Turn your back on Israel, if you dare!


11 posted on 09/20/2011 7:34:57 PM PDT by One Name
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To: longfellow
Bar-B Que and basketball, Jews and Muslims co-mingling only in Memphis, Tn.

Go Tarik!

12 posted on 09/20/2011 7:38:28 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: SJackson

Now THAT is the America I know and love.


13 posted on 09/20/2011 7:40:45 PM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: One Name

Islam is the greatest anti-truth, anti-freedom, anti-individual, anti-life collective in the history of civilization.


14 posted on 09/20/2011 7:42:51 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: bigbob
no pork?

Psssssssst! It's kosher barbecue.

15 posted on 09/20/2011 7:45:57 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: muawiyah

I had some really good BBQ paneer at a Hindu wedding last year. The Jains don’t eat anything that grows underground, so that would eliminate any tofu products.


16 posted on 09/20/2011 7:49:01 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: toothfairy86
You had paneer with a sauce that might be appropriate with a barbeque. I've had that stuff too. Just not satisfying.

I think these folks with these other traditions need to meet us halfway sometime. We'll try the Pakistani Greenbeans, they gotta' eat some hamsandwiches!

17 posted on 09/20/2011 7:52:53 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Rebelbase

I was going to say, I devoutly hoped that was about barbecuing meat Jewish-style, not barbecuing Jews German-style.


18 posted on 09/20/2011 7:52:57 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: SJackson

I’d walk a thousand miles to smoke some camel.


19 posted on 09/20/2011 7:54:54 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: PGalt

30+ years ago we discounted islam as a major factor in world politics. They shot their little wad once in a while, like the ‘72 olympics, etc.

Now they seem to be invading Europe whole hog, and flexing their demonic muscle wherever they can.

Losers. Their fate has been foretold by Hebrew prophets long ago. It’s a shame but they are total Losers following a false god, otherwise known as satan.


20 posted on 09/20/2011 7:56:25 PM PDT by One Name
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To: muawiyah
So Texas BEEF brisket is a religion?
21 posted on 09/20/2011 7:59:38 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: muawiyah
If it's chicken or beef there's a religious element behind it ...

So Texas BEEF brisket is a religion?

22 posted on 09/20/2011 8:00:16 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Don’t this make you so proud to be an AMERICAN!?

My heart swelled. Hannity should be doing a show from there before the white house ruins it. obboobooo will say they got the idea from his beer summits.


23 posted on 09/20/2011 8:01:55 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: toothfairy86

“The Jains don’t eat anything that grows underground, so that would eliminate any tofu products.”

Tofu grows underground???


24 posted on 09/20/2011 8:02:05 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Martin Tell
Yup. I think the problem is so much of Texas is a semi-arid region where pigs don't do as well as they can in wetter areas. Cows can eat grass. Pigs can't (or don't want to ~ they are stubborn critters).

That means the Texans have to "make do" with cows. There's no reason anybody in Tennessee has to make-do. If they try they can get back to the original and premier product ~ pork barbeque!

25 posted on 09/20/2011 8:04:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: One Name

There were a few muslims in America around the time of the Revolution. The Founding Fathers and people of that era called them Musselmen.......just like the canned fruit company. The actual spelling varies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mussulman


26 posted on 09/20/2011 8:05:15 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: muawiyah

This Tennessee boy is not gonna argue with you. I prefer pork myself. Just best prepare yourself for some TX flames!


27 posted on 09/20/2011 8:09:13 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Kirkwood
I think it depends on the Jains. The smaller group would not eat a bean since that would be to eat the whole "creature". The larger group scarfs down beans like there's no tomorrow.

I happen to know traditional Jain cooking is pretty difficult to deal with ~ but there are degrees.

I know Jaines who eat nuts with hard shells, but they won't eat peanuts. I've heard of those who eat peanuts but not nuts with hard shells. Others are lacto-ovacian vegetarians, and yet others are simple vegetarians who don't look too closely at the food!

In general none of them eat root crops as a practice because preparing them kills all the little critters that live on the roots in the dirt.

Jaines have eating restrictions almost as severe as those practiced by diagnosed Celiacs.

28 posted on 09/20/2011 8:09:38 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Martin Tell
Whadda' they know!

I'm sure they had an excuse back in the days when you had to dig a pit and put the whole bull in there to cook for a few days but now you can just ship in the pork ribs.

29 posted on 09/20/2011 8:11:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: One Name

FYI...

http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2007/10/terrifying-brilliance-of-islamic.html


30 posted on 09/20/2011 8:15:28 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: longfellow

Actually, I’m a Memphian, so that makes me double proud/sarc


31 posted on 09/20/2011 8:15:35 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: EnglishCon
Now THAT is the America I know and love.

As opposed to which other America?

32 posted on 09/20/2011 8:18:01 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Tucker39

Yeah they were here as a minor amusement. They were about as influential as Queequeg in Moby Dick.

Far Cry from the liberal lie...

We are Americans. Christians. Move us out of the way, if you can.


33 posted on 09/20/2011 8:20:18 PM PDT by One Name
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To: toothfairy86

Soybeans grow above ground, just like peas. However, the underground rule would eliminate, potatoes, carrots, turnips, radishes, rutabagas, peanuts, etc.


34 posted on 09/20/2011 8:26:38 PM PDT by reg45 (I'm not angry that Lincoln freed the slaves. I'm angry that Franklin Roosevelt bought them back.)
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To: SJackson
Of the food, Black said, “They have the best salami I have ever tasted.”

Kosher salami?
35 posted on 09/20/2011 9:32:29 PM PDT by andyk (Income != Wealth)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Bump for that journey.

PS:

“This is what America is all about,” Adam Itayem, who manned the Halal Smokers’ booth, said during the event”

I wonder if he is part of his local “moderate islam trojan horse” taquiya squad.

“The Memphis Islamic Center’s booth drew a lot of curious Jews who chatted with the cooks about the similarities and differences of the laws governing halal and kosher meat.”

Kosher: one clean stroke of the sharpest knife must be used to ensure the least pain for and the quickest harvesting of the animal.

Halal: Lots of hacking and sawing, practice for beheading.

Hope at least one of those “curious” Jews took some pictures / memorized the faces of their new “friends”...


36 posted on 09/20/2011 9:43:25 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda
“The Memphis Islamic Center’s booth drew a lot of curious Jews who chatted with the cooks about the similarities and differences of the laws governing halal and kosher meat.”

I was actually wondering that myself.


So I looked it up:

Similarities


Differences



Huh. The more you know.
37 posted on 09/20/2011 10:46:57 PM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

“The details spelled out in Jewish law concerning the design of the knife and the cutting method appear to be important in preventing the animal from reacting to the cut. The knife must be razor sharp and free of nicks. It is shaped like a straight razor and it must be twice the width of the animal’s neck. The cut must be made without hesitation or delay. It is also prohibited for the incision to close back over the knife during the cut. This is called “halagramah” (digging) (Epstein, 1948).

The prohibition against digging appears to be important in reducing the animal’s reaction to the cut. Ritual slaughtermen must be trained in knife sharpening. Shochets have been observed using a dull knife. They carefully obeyed the religious requirements of having a smooth, nick-free knife, but they had failed to keep it sharp.

Observations of Halal cattle slaughter without stunning done by a Muslim slaughterman with a large, curved skinning knife resulted in multiple hacking cuts. Sometimes there was a vigorous reaction from the animal.”

http://www.grandin.com/ritual/kosher.slaugh.html


38 posted on 09/20/2011 10:56:09 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Rebelbase

I am sorrowful that I live in the town that condones this. I don’t want to be Dearborn MI.


39 posted on 09/20/2011 11:17:51 PM PDT by sybilll
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To: muawiyah

***Yup. I think the problem is so much of Texas is a semi-arid region where pigs don’t do as well as they can in wetter areas. Cows can eat grass. Pigs can’t (or don’t want to ~ they are stubborn critters).***

We’ve got plenty of pigs here in Texas. heck, we have hunters who’re paid to hunt and kill wild hogs on Fort Hood.

Last year I saw a mother and her 8 piglets trotting through my yard.


40 posted on 09/21/2011 6:21:42 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with almost everything that Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did.)
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To: Martin Tell

I just think that BBQ is the best way to deal with the brisket.


41 posted on 09/21/2011 6:23:59 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with almost everything that Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did.)
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To: Marie
Yup, Texas does have some pigs ~ about 1 million of 'em. But Iowa, 1/10 the size of Texas, has about 30 million!

Now 'at's some pigs Fur Shur.

42 posted on 09/21/2011 7:33:53 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Yehuda

OK, now, one more set of rules ~ “Kosher For Passover” ~ things get tougher ~ much tougher ~ and here even sushi is prohibited!


43 posted on 09/21/2011 7:40:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: reg45; Kirkwood

You’re right. For some reason, I was thinking soybeans grew underground, like peanuts. Ooops!


44 posted on 09/21/2011 7:45:43 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Yardstick
As opposed to which other America?

The one your Resident has desperately tried to create. Divisions, class warfare, the politics of envy, hate and entitlement.

45 posted on 09/21/2011 8:08:24 AM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: SJackson

´Hope they have good security.


46 posted on 09/21/2011 11:26:57 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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