Congregation Agudas Achim to Host Largest Kosher BBQ Competition on November 12

September 28, 2023

The 9th Annual Texas Kosher BBQ Championship will be held on Sunday, November 12, at Congregation Agudas Achim, 16550 Huebner Road, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Blount, a longtime San Antonio Express-News Journalist and staunch supporter of the Kosher BBQ.

“Chuck served as a celebrity judge for the competition for many years,” said Robi Jalnos, the Competition’s Founding Chairman.  “His insights, friendship, and support of the event contributed significantly to its success.  I was consulting with him just a few days before he passed this past June.  We miss him dearly.  As we say in the Jewish tradition, may his memory be for a blessing.”

“We are thrilled, however, that Chuck’s wife and Express-News copy editor, Debbie Erwin, has agreed to serve as one of this year’s Celebrity Judges to carry on Chuck’s legacy,” said Jalnos.

The Texas Kosher BBQ Championship is an annual charity event hosted by Congregation Agudas Achim.  With H-E-B Helping Here serving as the title sponsor and additional sponsorship support from the San Antonio Express-News, teams compete in the categories of brisket, chicken, salmon, and beans for the Grand Champion Buckle and Cash Prize.  Meanwhile, thousands of guests enjoy the fruits of teams’ grills at this all-you-can-eat event.  Literally, a ton of kosher food, supplied by H-E-B, will be prepared, cooked, and consumed on the premises of Congregation Agudas Achim, a Conservative Jewish congregation founded in 1889.

The event also includes a kiddie park with inflatables, hot dogs, jalapeno and pickle eating contests, live music, beer, and more.

For ticket information, team registration, sponsorship opportunities, and more, visit  or contact Congregation Agudas Achim at 210-479-0307 or