Annual Labor Day Barbecue

For the last 70 years Montgomery’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church has sponsored the Capital City’s largest Labor Day Barbecue — despite occasional obstacles posed by blistering temperatures, threatening tornadoes, and even hurricane-force winds and rain. But unlike threats posed by the weather, this year’s Coronavirus pandemic necessitates that the Church curtail its annual holiday event to insure the safety of everyone involved. 

“We will be cooking and selling 300 Boston Butts this year — instead of barbecue plates, or additional meats,” said Gus Katechis, a church member and co-chair of this year’s holiday barbecue event. “We’re scaling back to minimize any potential Covid risk to the general public and to our very small group of on-site workers, who’ll be in the pit, preparing and cooking the meat.”

The cooked and wrapped Boston butts will be available for $35 each, through ticketed preorders. Any Boston butts not sold during the preorder period will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis during pickup hours, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Labor Day.  The sale takes place on the church grounds, at the corner of Mt. Meigs Road and S. Capital Parkway. Drive-thru pick-up is available, and workers will wear appropriate face coverings. All Boston Butts must be picked up by 10:00 a.m. on Labor Day.

Preordering isn’t required but it is definitely encouraged. Click here to order tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased at Chris’ Hotdogs in downtown Montgomery, and through Greek Orthodox Church community members.    

“It may not be a full-blown Greek Barbecue, but with what we’re doing, at least our supporters can have the pit-fired pork they’ve always had on Labor Day,” Katechis added. “We’ll use the same Greek rub we’ve always used and cook it the same way. Some of our customers have been with us almost every Labor Day since 1948, and we surely don’t want to disappoint them.”

Camp stew and Greek pastries will not be sold this year due to the close contact required to prepare these annual favorites. “God-willing, we expect to have those special items for sale next year, at the church’s 73rd Labor Day Barbecue,” Katechis said.

“Not even a pandemic can stop this Greek community from cooking barbecue on Labor Day,”  Katechis added, grinning. “But we’re being smart about it because we love doing this for our city.”