“We wanted to create an environment that is Tony,” said Elise Jenkins, co-organizer of the event. “He is always a wonderful, strong (barbecue) competitor and frequently won competitions.”
Jones has been competing in barbecue competitions since 2007 and has competed in such events as Moosefest, Charlie Boys, Mississippi Delta State Barbecue Contest/Cleveland Octoberfest, The Great Ruleville Roast, DeSoto Shrine Club Annual BBQ, Pig Pickin’ and the B.B. King Homecoming Blues, Bikes, and BBQ, of which he is the reigning champion.
He has also been invited to compete at the Memphis Barbecue Network Invitational.
When considering his extensive participation in barbecue competitions, it seems only natural to have one to help raise money for his recovery.
Competitive barbecue is a close-knit family and Jones is like a brother to many of these competitors according to Jenkins, hence the name.
A Battle for our Brother will be judged by the Memphis Barbecue Network and will have three categories including chicken, pork ribs and pork tenderloin.
To enter the competition’s three categories participants must pay a $100 fee.
Pork tenderloin must be turned in for judging at 11 a.m., while chicken is to be turned in at 12:15 p.m. and pork ribs at 1:30 p.m.
Pork tenderloin and chicken are “Cook’s Choice” and may include some things like stuffing or garnish, but pork ribs must have no garnish when presented for judging.
The winner of the competition will receive a trophy and a winner-take-all cash prize, whose amount is dependent on the number of entries.
Some of the teams that have already signed up to compete are from as far away as Memphis and Olive Branch according to Jenkins.
Contact Jenkins at 662-719-1675 or by email at email@example.com for information on how to enter the competition.
Competitors may also sign up the morning of the competition.
A Battle for our Brother will also have Boston Butts for purchase at the Cleveland Moose Lodge that day for $35 and can be picked up at Noon.
One hundred percent of the profits earned from the sales of Boston Butts at A Battle for our Brother will be donated to the Anthony Jones Benefit Fund to help cover medical and travel expenses.
To pre-order a Boston Butt, please contact Charlie VanDaley at 662-588-1311 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the items for the competition, such as dry rub, charcoal and some of the Boston Butts have been donated, which will increase the amount that can be donated to Jones’ recovery.
“Tony is the kind of guy that if he wasn’t in this situation he’d be doing this for someone else,” said Jenkins.
“When I first entered the barbecue world, the first time around was just a competition, but the second time it became a way of life,” said Jones. “All of the competitors bond together like family and I was very touched when I found out that they wanted to throw this barbecue to help. I’m still touched. I don’t know how to thank them enough and once I get back on my feet I will be more than willing to help any of them that need it.”
Jones has recently undergone reconstructive surgery but still faces at least three months of non-weight bearing healing before he can start intense physical rehabilitation.
To make a monetary donation to the Anthony Jones Benefit Fund, please mail it to Anthony Jones Benefit Fund c/o Cleveland State Bank P.O. Box 1000 Cleveland, MS 38732 or take donations to any Cleveland State Bank location.