Charitable Events

The Iowa BBQ Society prides itself in the fact that we are focused on the theme “Paying It Forward”.  For many years we have been focused on charitable events that promote fun with BBQ while giving back to others in our communities.  Here is information on two of our biggest yearly charitable events.


This event is usually held in November in partnership with the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.  There is always a lot to do to get ready for the day and we look forward to getting together for a fun filled day with the children.

This year we have chosen to work with the “Children & Family Urban Movement Group”.  25 Children were selected to participate in this year’s event.  Every year our day starts at about 9 AM and goes to 4 PM with events such as:

Animal Presentations
Special speakers from the Iowa State Meat Lab
Zoo Scavenger Hunt
BBQ Grilling Competition with Judging
Cake Decorating Competition with Judging
Awards Ceremony
Group Photo & Snacks

In order to make this year event a success the Iowa BBQ Society partners with its members and local businesses to provide all the things needed for this event.  One special thing about the event is that the children get to take home the grill and grilling utensils they used in the competition part of the days event.

Food & Clothing Give Away

This event is usually held in December in participation with the Salvation Army on 6th Ave in Des Moines.  The Iowa BBQ Society partners with its members to donate items to needy families.  Yearly the following items are given away:

  • 450 Breakfast Sandwiches
  • 100+ Christmas Trees
  • 100+ 2 lb. Packages of Meat
  • Clothing donations of hats, gloves, mittens, coats and other winter items are gathered during the year to give away at this event.

We look forward to seeing all our members at both of these great events during the year and these events are a great opportunity for the Iowa BBQ Society and its membership to say connected to our community.

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