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Baby Mac's BBQ Smoker 2023 Challenge: Sizzle, Smoke, and a Worthy Cause!

Chris Kimball | Published on 9/15/2023

A Northeast Barbecue Society (NEBS) Sanctioned Event for A Wish Come True Inc.

West Greenwich, RI - Calling all barbecue enthusiasts and pitmasters! Mark your calendars for October 21, 2023, as Woods Tavern in West Greenwich, RI, hosts the much-anticipated Baby Mac's BBQ Smoker Challenge. This Northeast Barbecue Society (NEBS) sanctioned event promises to be a day filled with mouthwatering flavors, friendly competition, and, most importantly, a heartfelt mission.

Cue the Smoke: A BBQ Extravaganza for a Cause

Baby Mac's BBQ Smoker Challenge is not just any barbecue competition; it's an opportunity to make dreams come true. This sizzling showdown will support A Wish Come True Inc., a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization founded on October 8, 1982, and recognized as the oldest wish-granting organization in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

A Wish Come True's mission is simple yet profoundly impactful: to grant children suffering from life-threatening illnesses a magical wish. Over the years, this remarkable organization has transformed lives by granting wishes to children aged 3 to 18, providing them with hope, love, and cherished memories.

Smoke, Sear, and Support: Competition Details

The competition at Baby Mac's BBQ Smoker Challenge will be fierce but friendly, featuring the following categories:

  1. Chicken
  2. Pulled Pork
  3. Baby Back Ribs

Competitors are invited to test their BBQ prowess with an entry fee of $50.00, where $10 will go directly to A Wish Come True Inc., while the rest contributes to an enticing prize pool. Awards await the top three champions in each category, providing the ultimate motivation to smoke your way to glory.

Cooks Packet: 2023 A Wish Come True TAILGATE NEBS

Kid’s Q Challenge: Where Young BBQ Stars Shine

Don't forget to bring your budding BBQ talents along! The Kid's Q Challenge is a free, open garnish category that puts the spotlight on Macaroni and Cheese. Young chefs can get creative, preparing any dish they like, as long as Mac and Cheese take center stage. Awards will be presented to the top three young culinary talents.

Kid's Q Packet: 2023 A Wish Come True KIDS Q

NEBS Team of the Year: Elevating the Stakes

Scores earned at Baby Mac's BBQ Smoker Challenge count towards NEBS 2023 Team of the Year points. Teams must be registered for TOY to have their scores included. For complete rules, event schedules, and application details, visit

Join the Sizzle: Event Highlights and Timeline

Calling all judges too: 2023 A Wish Come True JUDGES APPLICATION_

The event kicks off with the Kids Q Meeting at 9:00 am at the judging area. The action-packed day includes judging meetings, turn-ins, and an exhilarating awards ceremony at 5:00 pm.

Participants can set up after 7:00 PM the night before on-site, with no restrictions on start times. Overnight camping is allowed (no hookups), creating a BBQ-friendly atmosphere for all.

A Wish Come True Inc.: Making Dreams a Reality

Founded in 1982, A Wish Come True Inc. has grown from granting twelve wishes in its first year to providing up to 30 wishes annually. These wishes, often more than a final dream, now offer families a much-needed respite. The average wish costs $5,000-$7,000 and includes trips to places like Give Kids the World in Florida, shopping sprees, bedroom makeovers, and meeting heroes.

The organization's mission continues to expand, offering resources such as a hardship fund, Parents Be Well program, and a Wish of Wellness for the entire family. They remain committed to their motto: A Wish Come True FAMILYSTRONG!

Get Fired Up for a Flavorful Cause

Baby Mac's BBQ Smoker Challenge promises a day of fiery competition, delicious BBQ, and the chance to support A Wish Come True Inc.'s incredible mission. So, dust off your aprons, fire up your grills, and join us on October 21, 2023, at Woods Tavern in West Greenwich, RI.

For any inquiries, please contact Robert McAllister at 401-255-5102 or via email at

Let's make this BBQ challenge a day to remember, where the sizzle in the smoker is matched only by the warmth in our hearts. See you there!