Mendel's been creating a BBQ sensation since he started smoking meat shortly after he moved to Kansas City in 2007. Over the years, Mendel perfected his technique and local community members were knocking at his door for smoked brisket, chicken, wings & famous BBQ beans.
In 2012, Mendel founded the Kansas City Kosher BBQ Festival and in it's second year, the event became the first ever kosher BBQ contest officially sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Now, Mendel competes around the country in Kosher, and Non-Kosher BBQ competitions and has been winning many trophies including multiple titles as grand champion.
"I am pretty confident to say that I am the first observant orthodox Jew to compete in an officially sanctioned mainstream BBQ competition, not to mention the fact that I am holding my own against some of the best in the business".
Mendel's love of a quality product, excellent BBQ and experience in the Kosher Food industry led him to create his line of RaBBiQ rubs and sauces, now available online and in kosher grocery stores across the US.
Mendel now lives in Miami Florida with his wife, Dassie, and his three children. All of whom wear their RaBBi-Q shirts with pride!
Mendel's current project and obsession is bringing authentic BBQ to South Florida as Pitmaster and Partner at Backyard BBQ & Brew in Surfside FL.