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The Mallard Creek Barbecue is sponsored annually by the Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church .
The 89th annual Barbecue and Brunswick Stew
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 (always the 4th Thursday in October)
Time: From 10am until… (we generally serve until 5-6 pm)
11400 Mallard Creek Road at the site of the Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church’s Community House. Find a map on our Directions page.
Each plate ($10.00) includes a generous helping of barbecue, plus Brunswick stew, applesauce, Cole slaw and bread. Guests who eat at the site receive complimentary coffee, with cold beverages available for purchase.
One may also purchase sandwiches for $4.00 each. Sandwiches feature barbecue and slaw on a bun.
We also sell Barbecue by the pound, Brunswick stew and Slaw by the quart; please see our Menu Page for a complete menu.
Mallard Creek’s Brunswick Stew Recipe?
We are proud of the heritage and quality of our stew, in fact we got loads of compliments every year. It’s always an early sellout, we just can’t make enough – it’s a multiday process and involves over 100 folks to cook and package the stew. Occasionally we get questions and comments about the inclusion of rice in the stew. Our Brunswick Stew recipe has been passed down for many generations in our Church – and it is a stew – not a soup. Like barbecue, stews are very personal and regional in taste and recipe. We are very proud of our stew, and let us assure you that the inclusion of rice is original to the recipe – and has not been added to stretch the recipe. On the practical side, some stews have potatoes – but don’t store/freeze/reheat well, your Mallard Creek Stew will not break down as much, since the rice holds better. While we don’t share specific recipes, we cook our own mix of chicken, beef and pork for the stew – and there is approximately 6 times as much meat vs rice (by weight) in each serving of stew. The meat is finely ground after cooking, so sometimes folks don’t realize it. By the way, we use a gluten free rice too! Remember that stews were intended to be a cost-effective source of nutrition, in their origin. We appreciate your own personal taste, feel free to come enjoy our stew, barbecue, slaw and fellowship. We would love to have you!
Yes. It appears we have no gluten-containing ingredients. Converted rice, according to Uncle Ben’s, has no gluten. But since our food supply changes from year to year and it’s brand specific we only know we’re good for this year (2018.)
We do have bread on the tables, and our sandwiches are on traditional buns.
Who do I contact?
Please call us at 704-547-0038 for more information. You can call ahead with your orders of 50 plates or more. (NOTE: this phone number is available only the day of the Barbecue, and the work days leading up to it.)
How to pay?
We do not accept Debit Cards.
We do, however, accept cash and Visa/Master Card.
Who comes to this Barbecue?
Our guests come from all over… and we’ll serve over 15,000!
What is the purpose?
Funds raised go to overall missions of the church, in addition to the original purpose of retiring facility debt.