The Hartford Rib Off started in a Hartford backyard in 2009 as a BBQ with Family and Friends. After hosting it for a second time, in 2010, our founder, Guy Neumann, decided to dedicate his time to raise awareness and money for different causes by holding this event once a year. From a few dozen friends to now upwards of 2,000 attendees, The Hartford Rib Off Has grown into the premier charity BBQ event in Hartford, now a KCBS and SCA contest.
No one associated with The Hartford Rib Off, Inc. earns a salary or has ever financially benefited from their association with this event/organization. Everyone works on a volunteer basis.
The ultimate mission of The Hartford Rib Off is to find different worthy local causes every year and to do our best to raise as much money and awareness as we can for these causes. Initially we teamed up with one organization every year, and used that organization’s 501(c)3 accreditation to push our fundraising efforts. Now, The Hartford Rib Off is a 501(c)3 Connecticut non-profit corporation itself. We now focus, annually, on benefiting several organizations each year.
All of the proceeds from each year’s Hartford Rib Off are donated to the charity/charities we identify as recipients.