Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteer BBQ teams from all over the country, (like DRJ Catering), answer the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel whenever disasters strike. These relief efforts have served hundreds of thousands of meals that has been delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas.

David Keith serving others with operation BBQ Relief

All of this is made possible by all who contributed food and supplies and funding from across the country. Operation BBQ Relief continues to respond to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel. DRJ Catering is proud to be an active team member and will continue to support whenever we are called upon.


Operation BBQ Relief strives to provide compassion, and offer hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States. We leverage our expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals with our ability to quickly mobilize our teams into any area where disaster disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans.


We value honesty, compassion, friendship, hard work and respect for others and for resources with which we are provided. Decisions and actions of Operation BBQ Relief will always be made and carried out with these values in mind. We want the communities we serve to be able to state without reservation that Operation BBQ Relief upheld these values while making a positive impact in the lives of their citizens.

Here they are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OperationBBQRelief/
And this is their website: http://www.operationbbqrelief.org/

Operation BBQ Relief Efforts with DRJ Catering

variations of bacon made by DRJ catering

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Wounded Warrior Event at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda MD

These are pics from an event we did at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD with Operation BBQ Relief in conjunction with Gary Sinise’s and Robert Irvines foundations for the wounded warriors as well as families and hospital staff. I was so honored to be a small part of this event and … Read more

Operation BBQ Relief Fund Raiser in the Catskills

Grillin’ and Chillin’ in the Catskills to Raise Money for Operation BBQ Relief. Star studded pitmasters got together for the weekend at the Emerson Resort in the Catskills to raise money for Operation BBA relief featured a welcome cocktail party Friday night followed by a day of Demonstrations Saturday and a Burger battle with the … Read more

Operation BBQ Relief Effort deliver over 50,000 meals in California Wild Fires

This week we served our last meals in Northern California. The 8 days we were there we served 53,078 hot bbq meals between the two locations. We had two locations running serving meals and getting them out to the first responders and those in need. Napa that served 25,253 hot bbq meals Santa Rosa that … Read more

In wine country, chefs leave behind homes to feed fire victims

Originally posted on http://www.sfgate.com Woody Sims, owner Woody Sims Barbecue, works near his grill at an Operation BBQ Relief site on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Napa. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Richard and Kathy Horwath only had time to take each other when they fled the fires Oct. 12, 2017 in Calistoga, Calif. The … Read more

Operation BBQ Relief Feeds Residents After Hurricane Mathew Hit North Carolina in Oct. 2016

Operation BBQ Relief DRJ Catering pulled the smoker down to Fayetteville, North Carolina in October 2016 to work with this awesome group. They are a 100 percent non profit donation driven organization that feed people after natural disasters, they started after a small group of BBQ enthusiasts on their own started feeding people on their … Read more

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California Deployment

North Carolina Deployment