Rabbi Mendel Segal Leads the Way on Kosher Barbecue
Rabbi Mendel Segal owns fancy smokers and enjoys a good backyard barbecue as much as the next guy. But the next step — taking part in competitions — can be a challenge if you keep kosher.
Segal is executive director of Vaad HaKashruth of Kansas City, an organization that certifies local companies that produce kosher products in accordance with strict Jewish dietary laws.
To compete with his team, RaBBi-Q, Segal has brought in a ringer to cook the pork categories on a separate grill. Even so, most events are on Saturday, and observant Jews do not cook or drive from sun up to sun down.