Holy Smokes began as a crazy idea from a few friends sitting around talking about their love of BBQ. We kept saying “What if we created our own BBQ event?” Ironically, our parish was also looking for new ideas for a school fundraiser. After a few fact finding meetings, a few research trips to local BBQ establishments and a few deep breaths, we began to plan our inaugural event.

What happened next is the stuff of BBQ legend. We actually got our event sanctioned by the KCBS in 2016, had a bunch of great teams sign up and hosted thousands of people for one of the most amazing days of BBQ and fun we had ever experienced. We can’t thank the teams enough for being our original mentors and welcoming us to the BBQ community.

A lot has happened since our first year! We have grown to become an official commissioned organization within our great parish of Our Lady of Victory. Our committee has grown to include some amazingly talented members including a creative, a woodworker, an event planner, world-class designers, legendary chefs and bakers, a social media guru, and the best volunteers in BBQ land. With their hard work and outstanding new ideas, we have added a Bacon Burner Run, improved our People’s Choice, and our event has grown to over 30 teams. The best thing that has happened to us is of course adding our metal mama, Eve. She made us legit and now we can serve so many more each time we cook.

We hope you can join one of our many cooks throughout the year. Our team is here to serve you, our great parish, the wonderful Westside of Cincinnati, and the overall BBQ community.