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Poplar Tent Annual BBQ



The Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church Barbecue has become a highly regarded event among the residents of Concord and the surrounding area. Poplar Tent barbecue is the best around!

In 1945, the members of Poplar Tent gathered all the items needed and prepared a meal of BBQ, slaw, brunswick stew, and dessert. They donated whole hogs, chicken, beef, beans, tomatoes, cabbage, corn and many other items along with a great deal of time, to make the first BBQ a success. We've come a long way from cooking 5 hogs to now cooking over 12,000 pounds of pork!

The primary purpose was, and still is, to raise money for the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities of the church. BBQ proceeds have paid for many expansion projects of the church including the educational wing, the fellowship building, the Sunday school rooms past the stairway upstairs, new multi-stall restrooms downstairs, and the multi-purpose building. Additionally, BBQ proceeds have paid to repave the church parking lot, paint the outside of the church and fellowship building, install vinyl siding on the fellowship building, replace the sanctuary air conditioner, purchase an illuminated church sign, and to recently purchase new heat pumps for the Fellowship Hall.


The BBQ continues the ministry of Poplar Tent Church by contributing 15% to our church's youth program and the Needy Family Fund. This additional source of income allows Poplar Tent Church to use weekly donations for the general weekly expenses, educational resources, outreach, and other missions of the church.


BBQ Work List


Sunday Wash slaw barrels & unload the cabbage at 2pm
Monday Make slaw at 8am
Men’s Work Night at 6:30pm
Tuesday Make BBQ sauce at 8am
Work on stands
Stack firewood
Men’s Work Night at 6:30pm
Wednesday Light fire at 3am
Meat on fire at 6:30am
Start making Brunswick Stew at 9am
Make lunch & supper for workers
stock BBQ stands with paper goods
Thursday Boning, chopping, mixing meat starts at 2am
BBQ day
Friday Cleanup starts at 8am until...