Alabama’s Longest Running BBQ Festival Celebrates 70 Years

Alabama’s longest running BBQ festival will be celebrating 70 years in Birmingham. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church celebrates its Fourth of July Festival and will feature 6,500 pounds of slow cooked BBQ and more than 1,500 plates served over 5 hours. BBQ cooking begins on Monday, July 1 and continues until the event is over.

Approximately 6,500 pounds of delicious barbecue will be cooked by the Knights of Columbus. More than 1,500 plates, including ribs, half chicken pieces, hot dogs, smoked sausage, pork sandwiches and side dishes will be served on July 4.

Since 1949 Our Lady of Sorrows has provided church parishioners and the community with a variety of entertainment and great food on Independence Day. The annual festival will be held in the school parking lot behind the church, located at 1728 Oxmoor Road in Homewood, on Thursday, July 4. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church was established in Birmingham in 1889 and has been located in Homewood since 1950. With more than 1,400 families in attendance, it is one of the largest parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, with Bishop Robert J. Baker presiding. Monsignor Martin Muller is pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows.

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