The BBQ in Red Shoes is a charity cook-off event hosted by the Construction Leadership Council and the Associated General Contractors of Middle TN benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville. We are not a sanctioned event, but we do base our rules off of the most current Kansas City BBQ Society rules and regulations.
Our first cook-off was in 2010 and since then we have raised over $95,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville.
In 2009, the Construction Leadership Council of Middle Tennessee was just emerging and was looking for a charity to support with an annual cook-off style event. They created a committee and interviewed several charities to partner with. The Ronald McDonald House was chosen for their mission, community impact, and dedicated long-term staff members. In 2010, the first BBQ in Red Shoes was hosted at the old Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Regardless of the flooding rains, teams kept their grills going and managed to donate $1,500 in their first year. In 2019, over 1,000 people participated in the event at Nissan Stadium and $20,000 was raised for the House. We look forward to the next 10 years of "Grilllin for the Children"!
While it costs around $85 a night to house a family, the House only requests $15 per night from families to rent their room but will not turn away a family who cannot pay. The mission of the BBQ in Red Shoes is to help cover annual operational costs for the House so they can continue fulfilling their mission to keep families close.
Check out the recap of our 10th BBQ in Red Shoes in 2019