GrillsGiving: enjoy some barbecue and help your neighbors in need

By on October 10, 2014


Chicken – Chain Electric, Team Name – Line Crew Mafia, 1st place
Ribs – CPS Energy, Team Name – Power Jam Smokers, 1st place
Brisket – T&D Solutions, Team Name – Elite Que Crew, 1st place
People’s Choice – CPS Energy, Team Name – Out of Hand BBQ

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Barbecue ribs, brisket, and chicken are Texas traditions — and at CPS Energy’s new event, they’ll benefit local families, too.

At noon on Nov. 15, gates will open in Mission County Park, on the banks of the newly renovated San Antonio River, for our inaugural GrillsGiving barbecue cook-off and concert. The event will feature barbecue teams and restaurants from across the city, plus kids activities and an awesome musical lineup including Malford Milligan and The Derailers.

Whether you’re competing in the barbecue cook-off, or just enjoying the music and food, the best part about GrillsGiving is it helps families in need. All proceeds from GrillsGiving benefit our Residential Electric Assistance Partnership or REAP, a non-profit partnership between the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and CPS Energy to help qualified families in need pay their utility bills.

This year alone, REAP has raised more than $160,000, thanks to the generosity of local residents, and CPS Energy has donated an additional $1 million. We are still looking for volunteers, vendors, and contestants; visit for all the information you need.

With GrillsGiving, you won’t just be grilling, eating, or having a great time, you’ll be giving back — and that’s worth getting fired up about.

Here’s all the information you will need to have a blast at this year’s GrillsGiving:

Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Dr., San Antonio, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

General admission $15, children under 12 – FREE

Value wristband $25 (Buyer receives 4 BBQ samples and 2 drinks)

Music lineup:

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Beale Brothers

2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Los #3 Dinners

4 5:30 p.m. Malford Milligan

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Derailers

Food offerings include barbecue, food trucks, free snow cones

Kids activities, arts and crafts, playground, magician John O’Bryant

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