Mallard Creek to Host 88th Annual Barbecue on Oct. 26

Charlotte – Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church’s Annual Barbecue on Oct. 26 is so much more than the average church fundraiser. Now in its 88th year, the “granddaddy of barbecues” is steeped in history and longtime traditions, with displays of volunteerism, community partnerships and generations of families working side-by-side.

Church staff, friends and volunteers throughout the community will devote a week of hard work to prepare. Event organizers expect to cook 15,000 pounds of pork barbecue, prepare 2,500 gallons of Brunswick stew, shred two tons of coleslaw, brew 400 gallons of coffee, and entertain close to 20,000 people.

On Oct. 19-20, starting at 6 a.m., 15,000 pounds of barbecue will be cooked, chopped, seasoned and packaged. On Oct. 21, starting at 8 a.m., ingredients for two tons of slaw will be shredded, combined, seasoned and packaged into 55-gallon barrels and cooled. On Oct. 23-24, starting at 2 a.m., ingredients (chicken, pork, beef, rice and vegetables) for 2,500 gallons of Brunswick stew will be prepared.

Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church

Serving starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and continues until sold out, typically around 6 p.m. There will be four drive-thru take-out lines in operation. Complimentary coffee will be served for guests eating on-site. Group orders of 50 plates or more can be accommodated with call-ahead ordering to the take-out stand.

The event will be held at the Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Community House, 11400 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 off of West Mallard Creek Church Road. Visitors can access the Community House from I-485 exit 28, then West on Mallard Creek Road. For more information, visit or call 704-547-0323 and join our group on Facebook at Mallard Creek BBQ .

About the Mallard Creek Barbecue
The Annual Mallard Creek Barbecue has been a Charlotte tradition since 1929. The church was under construction building Sunday school rooms when the nation fell into the Great Depression. Unable to pay the contractor, the deacons hosted a barbecue to raise the money. Today, funds raised are used to make contributions to local and world missions and supplement the church’s building fund. For more information, visit