Holy Smoke: Oak Grove Serves up More Than Q and Stew


The Oak Grove UMC United Methodist Men have hosted a barbecue every fall since 1961. It's grown from a humble feeding of the congregation to today feeding more than 5,000 folks from all over the community.

"We do a lot more than serve up a bunch of delicious barbecue and stew," said William Wallace, aka "Bull", who serves as President of Oak Grove UMM.

On Saturday, October 21, the campus of Oak Grove UMC will be transformed.

"The aroma of hams smoking since early Friday hangs in the air, it's only competition comes from the massive cast iron cauldrons full of homemade Brunswick stew being stirred with boat paddles. In the distance, floating above the laughter from lots of folks having fun, is the sound of live Bluegrass music," described Bull. 

Hndreds of volunteers work together for four days to pull off the event. And the proceeds go to support missions which are sponsored by the United Methodist Men.

The United Methodist Women host a Craft Sale and a Book Sale in conjunction to support the Oak Grove Library. 

"Oak Grove is a thriving, loving, giving, bursting at the seams with the love of Christ, kind of Church," said Bull. "We have something good to share with all God's children, whether it's 'Q and stew,' doing His work through any of many missions, or the fellowship of genuine, caring folks."

The church is at the corner of Oak Grove Road and Fair Oaks in Decatur.

The barbecue is from 11am-6pm, eat in or take-out, and you can buy tickets day of (Adults $10, kids $6) or stop by the church office. Find details at http://ogumc.org/events/56th-annual-methodist-mens-bbq/ or call the church at 404 636 7558.

Who's hungry?