“Barbecue is a good occasion for us to get together,” said event co-chair Bobby Dykes.
The church will host its 41st annual barbecue, along with its annual fall festival, on Saturday.
The proceeds from the barbecue benefit the church’s missions in the community, which include counseling for the homeless and unemployed, Dykes said.
While church services this time of year typically attract 160 to 170 attendees, Dykes said he expects the church will serve about 600 meals Saturday. In addition to adult and children’s meals, event goers will be able to purchase two-pound bags of chopped pork, whole chickens and whole Boston butt pork.
Church volunteers will cook about 550 pounds of pork and 475 pounds of chicken, said event co-chair Bobby Jones.
In addition to traditional barbecued pork and chicken, the church will also serve jerk chicken and jerk pork.
“We serve a great product and very generous portions,” Jones said. “The recipe of how [the food is] cooked has been handed down for a number of years.”
He said those cooking the meat use a secret marinade that was concocted before he came to the church 35 years ago. It satisfies the crowds so they haven’t felt the need to change it, Jones said.
Dykes guaranteed those who come to the barbecue will not go away hungry.
The church barbecue is made possible with the help of 40 to 50 volunteers, he said. The food will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Christian Life Center.
Visitors can also request carry-out meals. The organizers said the demand for carry-out meals has grown over the years.
The fall festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes children’s activities such as face painting, games and a hay ride.
If you go
What: St. Timothy United Methodist Church annual barbecue and fall festival
Where: 5365 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain
When: Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $8.50 for adults and $6 for children
Contact: (404) 292-5969