After over a decade of successful “Ribs for Kids” projects, the Iowa BBQ Society is taking the event to the next level (and location).
First, let us explain what “Ribs for Kids” was:
Ribs for Kids was a project designed to give the youth of inner City Des Moines a chance to get some hands on experience with outdoor cooking. The Iowa BBQ Society, in conjunction with the Kansas City BBQ Society, Urban Dreams, Cookies BBQ, and the Iowa State Meat Lab provided them with some of the best education the State has to offer. These kids were also able to tour the Cookies BBQ plant in Wall Lake, get food safety tips from the ISU Meat Lab, and actually compete in a BBQ competition. Also included in the day was lunch, a dessert competition, and an awards presentation. An estimated 500 plus kids (to date) have been through the program. Each child has been instilled with a new cooking confidence. They also headed home with armloads of accessories to help them remember the day, as well as the equipment to continue cooking at home.
Now, for the exciting news:
The event is coming to Des Moines. The new name is “Zoo-B-Que”. It will be hosted by our own Blank Park Zoo on Saturday, November 9th. Wayne Ford of Urban Dreams is bringing up to 50 kids to participate. These are kids who will benefit greatly from the experience, as well as have a fantastic day of cooking and Zoo festivities. Saturday afternoon they will actually be cooking in a BBQ competition, right on the Zoo premises. Prior to that, education, classroom interaction, and special events throughout the morning will keep the kids plenty occupied. Our partners in this event are the Iowa BBQ Society, the Kansas City BBQ Society, Cookies BBQ, The ISU Meat Lab, The Blank Park Zoo, National Pork Board, Iowa Pork Producers, Urban Dreams, Smokey D’s, TNT Landscaping & Hawgeyes BBQ, and Performance Food Group. Our hope is to bring media attention to this project. It’s an ongoing effort to assist Wayne Ford in helping these Kids find a good direction in life. Please help, and show up if you can.
Contact Mike Tucker (email or call 515-965-1206) if you are interesting in volunteering or partnering with the IBS on this event.
Click here for a story about the 2012 event.
Check out all the action from the 2011 event by clicking on the link below.