Marion church selling barbecue for a cause

Community of Faith Church in Marion, Illinois, says its BBQ Heroes Cooking Team will sell it’s Memphis style barbecue during Mother’s Day weekend, with proceeds benefiting the church’s global mission work.

The church is partnering with the Hands of Hope Foundation’s initiative against human trafficking to launch three churches in Pattaya, Thailand, in June & July.

The barbecue team will be at the front entrance of Sam’s Wholesale Club in Marion from 10 a.m. until closing time on Friday and Saturday, or until it runs out of ribs, pork and brisket.  

The church says Rev. Troy Benitone, who is its directing pastor and the executive director of the Hands of Hope Foundation, is a Memphis-raised barbecue world team champ with the John Wills Restaurant and BBQ Team from the 80s.

Community of Faith Church says it raised nearly $30,000 last year for mission efforts through this kind of outreach.

On Friday and Saturday, ribs will be $20 a slab, or two or more for $19 each. The team will offer its Memphis-style pork at $9 per pound, beef brisket at $10 per pound, and pork/beef combo packs for $18. It will also offer HERO or SUPER HERO packs, which come with one or two slabs of ribs for $36 and $54, respectively. 

To learn more about the Hands of Hope Foundation, click here. You also contact the team to have barbecue reserved for pick-up by calling Benitone at 217-725-7565 or emailing

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