Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Barbecue Fall Kickoff
MARION -- They may be rivals on the field but all four Williamson County high school football teams shared a meal together Tuesday night at Community of Faith church.
The event brings the Johnston City, Marion, Herrin and Carterville football teams, coaches and cheerleaders together. Cooking enough barbecue for 400 is the responsibility of church pastor Troy Benitone.
"Just to get them together, sitting together as young men and young women just encouraging each other, we think is a great evening."
Benitone knows a thing or two about the 'cue. He grew up in Memphis and was part of a world champion barbecue team in college. Now he runs his church's cooking team, the Barbecue Heroes.
"Beef briskets, these will be cooked to 185 degrees, just beautiful beef briskets. We have a rub that we put on there."
"Six pans of baked beans. These are fun, they've been cooking for a couple of hours."
It's the second year for the event. Johnston City head coach Dan Mings loves the idea.
"The best thing is the reason that we're here, to start our seasons off on the right foot and that type of thing. To have every varsity football player in Williamson County together is just really cool."
And just when you thought you've had enough. The barbecue team served warm peach cobbler with ice cream, meaning no one went home hungry.
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Humidity: 70 %
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