This Thanksgiving the St Louis BBQ Society is proud to help support The Brass Rail Restaurant in O’Fallon, Missouri with it’s efforts to feed 10,000 – 12,000 meals this Thanksgiving.

Scott Ellinger the owner, is passionate for this cause and each year has increased the amount of meals served by

thousands. He has been providing these free meals for 5 years. Anyone in need can call in to his restaurant and request the meals. He offers delivery, carry out and dine in on Thanksgiving day. He starts preparing the meals the Sunday before and prepares items each day until Thanksgiving day when the meals go out.

The board voted to donate to help support this cause and we have offered our support in any way that we can help. We will have several teams set up on his parking lot cooking and slicing turkeys. By having these smokers available to him, we can help free up his kitchen to prepare the side items.

He is also in need of donations and volunteers. There are jobs that anyone can do that wants to help.

He will need help with food prep Sunday through Wednesday. He will also need cooks and drivers on Thursday (Thanksgiving) as well as packers and cleanup people. Shifts are typically 2 hours, but you can sign up for more.

Please call the Brass Rail soon at (636) 329-1349 and tell them you are with the St Louis BBQ Society and would like to sign up for a shift. Let them know which day and what jobs you may be able to help with and they will sign you up.

If you want to deliver meals, be prepared with a full tank of gas as they serve a 60 mile radius. The have the cars line up, give you a route and then on to the next car. You can do one route or some come back and deliver more.

They are also accepting donations. 100% of the donations will go towards the meals. Please visit to make a donation through PayPal or stop by the restaurant at 4601 Highway K, in O’Fallon, MO


Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition BBQ teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel.


Operation BBQ Relief was able to serve over 120,000 meals over 13 days. Food was delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas. The operation was made possible by all who contributed food and supplies and funding from across the country.

Operation BBQ Relief continues to respond to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel.

The St. Louis BBQ Society believes strongly in this organization which is funded by private donations.  Please join us in supporting this great volunteer organization with a contribution to help them continue their great work.

Please follow this link to their donation page.