IF YOU GO
What: 67th Brainerd Kiwanis Club Barbecue
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 26-27
Where: Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, 6623 Lee Highway
The Kiwanis Club of Brainerd is dishing up something new Friday and Saturday, July 26-27.
The Kiwanians are partnering with popular East Brainerd restaurant Bones Smokehouse for their 67th annual fundraising barbecue, which will be held on the grounds of the Tennessee Baptist Children's home on Lee Highway.
Bones' barbecue replaces that of Sticky Fingers, which the Kiwanians served for several years.
"We're getting them 2,000 pounds of pork, 700 pounds of beef and our mild sauce," says Tim Bishop, general manager and a partner in Bones. "We're assisting them with the sides."
A new perk this year as a result of the partnership: pulled chicken added to the menu.
"We're doing 200 pounds of pulled chicken to see what kind of response they get to it," says Bishop. "We take all-white meat, the breast with skin on it, smoke it, then hand-pull the meat off just like we do our pulled pork."
After six decades, the Kiwanians have this event down to a science. They couldn't make it any more convenient for customers, who don't even have to get out of their cars.
Drivers simply follow a paved loop across the grounds that takes them through the ticket tent (in case they need to buy the $8 ticket), then to Kiwanians waiting to hand over their choice of barbecue plates or barbecue in bulk.
Plates will come in a carry-out box of either pork, beef or chicken with a bun, baked beans, slaw and Bones' sauce. Or customers can opt for 10 ounces of pork or beef with sauce to take home and add their own sides.
All proceeds from this barbecue help the Kiwanians fund projects to serve children and teens across the city. In addition to sponsoring school projects, the Kiwanians give about 14 grants each year to youth and family-related agencies.
Contact staff writer Susan Pierce at spierce@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6284.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...