Team JD Q is a competition BBQ Cooking Team. Not only are they great at cooking up delicious BBQ but they also work hard to support their community and help those in need.
On Easter Sunday 4 tornadoes passed through Mississippi in just 10 days. The largest of these tornados was more than 2 miles wide and was on the ground for a total of 57 miles. Team JD Q headed for Soso, MS and arrived within 20 minutes of the first tornado. The town was completely devastated.
“I decided to start cooking the next day and hand out free meals to the workers and people that had been displaced by the tornadoes. I started with 200 pork chops and half a bag of charcoal. Within minutes people were showing up to help by volunteering their time and donating food to cook,” said Team JD Q.
On the first day in Soso, MS they handed out 1,000 plates, and on the second day they increased that to 1,800 plates.
Then another tornado came through that affected 5 towns 45 miles south of Soso. Team JD Q started delivering 750 to 1,000 meals a day to the other affected areas, in addition to the 1,500 to 2,000 plates a day they were already doing for locals in Soso. In total they handed out over 27,500 plates in 12 days.
“We were quickly overloading our backyard equipment. I tried to buy an Ole Hickory Pits smoker but couldn’t find one for sale that we could afford while feeding the people. So I borrowed an Ole Hickory Pits SSJ from a friend out of state. This smoker allowed us to turn out over 27,500 plates of free food over a 12 day period. The Ole Hickory Smoker ran 24hrs a day around the clock including when 2 of the 4 tornadoes that we had flew over,” said Team JD Q.
“Ole Hickory kept south Mississippi, my friends, my family, and my neighbors fed. We couldn’t have done it without Ole Hickory Pits,” said Team JD Q, “I don’t own an Ole Hickory yet. But I plan to change that very soon.”