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The largest Great Grill Off ever!

WOW. That’s about all we can say about the 2018 Great Grill Off! We weren’t sure how the rain would affect attendance but God provided the perfect window, and our grill teams responded with a lineup of delicious sliders that rivaled any past Grill Off menu. A record 1200-plus people came out to the Wooster campus of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio and, by the end of the day, we had served more than 2700 burgers and another 448 hot dogs, along with gallons of baked beans, potato salad and macaroni salad. Frito-Lay once again provided tons of chips and let’s not forget the 24 gallons of Hartzler’s Family Dairy ice cream. But the Grill Off is about more than just food. This event is one of the highlights of the summer for families looking for a fun day outside with tons of carnival games, face painting and inflatables.

Check out the infographic for all the great stats from the day. CCHO and our family of ministries would once again like to thank everyone who came despite the sketchy weather reports. We had more than 500 votes in our annual burger contest, with Wooster’s own Spoon Market successfully defending their crown with the awesome Hercules burger, which was no small feat considering the yummy entries from our other community teams (Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop, Gouda Bar & Grill, and The Pines) and our four CCHO campus teams. A day like this would not be possible without our incredible volunteers, who once again stepped up to make this day unforgettable for all who attended, and special thanks to our generous event sponsors!

Want a taste of how much fun the 2018 Great Grill Off was? Check out the gallery below and be sure to join us on June 9, 2019 for the next Great Grill Off!

Only one of these burgers can win?!

There is one clear theme for this year’s burger teams: bacon. Not that every burger at this year’s Great Grill Off will feature the most delicious of the cured meats, but as you can see below, many of them do. And we ain’t complainin’!

There are, of course, a whole bunch of bacon-less burgers to choose from, and each of them sounds as delicious as the last. Which is to say: Good luck choosing which of these three you’re going to taste this coming Sunday, June 10 from 12:30 – 3:30, let alone which one will ultimately get your vote for the day’s best burger and take home this awesome trophy! Do you prefer your burgers with BBQ sauce, chipotle mayo or just the standard condiments? How about some real maple syrup? American cheese, feta, fried mozzarella, or gouda mac & cheese?

Wooster’s own and 2017 champion Spoon Market & Deli returns to the Great Grill Off with a new burger, the Hercules, and the competition promises to be fierce. Will one of the other community and CCHO teams take the crown from Spoon? Your vote will help decide.

Get a sneak peek below, and be sure to bring the whole family and all of your friends out for this FREE event!

HERCULES

Grilled by: Spoon Market & Deli

A classic caprese burger with a twist – fried cheese! Fried mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, arugula, balsamic glaze and basil oil on a brioche bun

SALVATION BURGER

Grilled by: Miracle Workers (CCHO-CRC)

Doritos, bacon, special seasoning, chipotle mayo & cheese

MAC & CHEESE BURGER

Grilled by: Gouda Bar & Grill

Mac & cheese (gouda, cheddar, parmesan, cream cheese), slice of cheddar and bacon

IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME BURGER

Grilled by: Encompass East

Feta cheese, dill sauce (cucumbers, dill, sour cream, lemon juice, salt & pepper) and spinach

THE LONE STAR TEXAS BURGER

Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop

Bacon, Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onion, salt & pepper, and smoked BBQ sauce

THE CAPTAIN AMERICA BURGER

Grilled by: AVENGERS (Encompass Central)

Garlic, onion powder, salt & pepper, pickle, lettuce, tomato and American cheese

THE PINES CLASSIC SOUTHERN BURGER

Grilled by: The Pines Golf Club & Restaurant

American cheese, black bean chili relish, yellow mustard, house slaw

MOUTH WATERING BACON JAM BURGER

Grilled by: Encompass West

Bacon, yellow onion, brown sugar, salt & black pepper, apple vinegar, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, dash of cayenne, real maple syrup

Burger teams shine at the 2017 Great Grill Off

Great Grill Off attendees have been treated to some delicious food on Christian Children’s Home of Ohio campus for years, but our 2017 grill teams took it to a whole new level this summer! Highlighted by burgers from a host of new community teams and CCHO campus entries, this year’s Great Grill Off menu will be tough to beat next summer.

Of course, the food was just part of the fun, as families had a great time on the bounce houses, miniature horse rides and tractor ride, and the kids couldn’t get enough of the carnival games and face painting! In total, nearly 1,100 people joined us on our Wooster campus this year, and we served almost 3,500 total Certified Angus Beef burgers and another 348 frankfurters along with 18 gallons of Hartzler’s Family Dairy ice cream! Check out this infographic for a look at some of the stats from the day.

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It was another great day for CCHO and its family of ministries, and we’d like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the beautiful weather, grab a few burgers and support our work. And congratulations to Wooster’s own Spoon Market, whose Little Rascals burger received the most votes in our burger contest. Thank you to all of our burger teams (Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop, Buckeye Nutrition, Bishop’s, Wooster Hope Center, Smoke the Burger Joint and our four campus teams) as well as our incredible event sponsors!

See all the fun we had in the gallery below!

Your 2017 Burger Teams!

The fifth-annual Great Grill Off is nearly here! Our Wooster campus is just about ready to welcome everyone this Sunday, June 11, and the weatherman has promised us a beautiful summer day. While kids are no doubt looking forward to the bounce houses, tractor rides and carnival games, we can’t wait to help decide whose burger is best!

There are all sorts of things to keep you busy at the Great Grill Off, and plenty of food to keep you well fed. We have 10 teams that will be competing for your vote each with a unique burger creation that will surely make your mouth water. Even better, your vote will be entered to win an incredible Grill Prize Pack featuring a three-burner gas BigHorn Grill, 10 pounds of Certified Angus Beef, “Bread for a Year” from Panera, and a gift basket from Smoke in Wooster that includes grilling items, a $15 gift certificate, a hat and a t-shirt. You have to vote to win!

So whose burger will win? Good luck voting for just one of these 10 choices:

THE BBQ SLIDER

Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop

BBQ sauce, kosher salt, garlic, smoked salt, pepper and spices

PIZZA BURGER

Grilled by: Just Horsing Around-Buckeye (Buckeye Nutrition)

Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and spices

THE FAR “EAST” ASIAN BURGER

Grilled by: Encompass East

Fresh ginger root, minced garlic, salt, topped w/ cole-slaw mix, green onions, chow mein noodles, asian toasted sesame salad dressing and mayo

THE LITTLE RASCALS

Grilled by: The Spoon Fighters (Spoon Market)

Wisconsin white cheddar, peach apricot spicy chutney, basil aioli, caramelized onions, smoked bacon and field greens

JAMMIN JERK BURGER

Grilled by: Champs (CCHO-CRC)

Sweet and Spicy bacon jam, special seasoning, grilled mango, pineapple with Colby Jack cheese

NUTTY MUFFIT

Grilled by: Bishop’s

American cheese, cole-slaw and mixed nuts

The WEST-ern

Grilled by: The Best in the West (Encompass West)

Bacon, grilled onion and green peppers, onion straws, BBQ mayo and cheese

THE HOPE BURGER

Grilled by: Wooster Hope Center

Guggisburg Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, gravy and a secret ingredient

STUFFED ITALIAN BURGER

Grilled by: Encompass Central

Meatball Burger (mixed with Italian seasonings, garlic, bread crumbs, parmesan & egg) stuffed with ricotta cheese and provolone and covered in marinara sauce

SMOKED GOUDA MAC-N-CHEESE BURGER

Grilled by: Smoke the Burger Joint

Pepper, salt, garlic powder, dry mustard, flour, unsalted butter, sharp cheddar cheese, smoked gouda, heavy cream, milk and chicken stock

Our awesome sponsors

As we wrap up the final week of preparations before the fifth-annual Great Grill Off this Sunday, June 11, we wanted to send a quick thank you to all of our incredible sponsors for making this event possible. Your support of the Great Grill Off and our family of ministries allows us to continue helping the kids and families we serve overcome the trauma and tragedy that has impacted their lives.

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Great Grill Off Recap Video!

As we begin planning for the 2017 Great Grill Off on June 11 here on the campus of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, we wanted to take one final look back at the unbelievably amazing day we had here in Wooster last month. The video below, produced by Shadow Studios, shows just how much fun the 2016 Great Grill Off was and how much fun the 2017 edition promises to be as we continue improving this annual family event to make it a summer highlight each year for the community as well as everyone here at CCHO!

Check out the video below, and don’t forget to view some of the photos from the day, the incredible numbers and our generous sponsors. See you on June 11, 2017!

The 2016 Great Grill Off…in pictures!

We had so much fun at the 2016 Great Grill Off, and from the looks of the following photo gallery, all 1200+ of our attendees did as well! Scroll through the photos for a glimpse into all the great food and activities we had on campus as we begin to look forward to the 2017 Great Grill Off on June 11! And if you’d like to read even more about the 2016 event, click here and here!

2016 Great Grill Off: By the Numbers!

With more than 1200 people in attendance, 120 volunteers and thousands of memorable burgers served, the 2016 Great Grill Off exceeded all expectations, and for that we are extremely grateful. Christian Children’s Home of Ohio and Encompass Christian Counseling, Foster Care and Adoption Services simply wouldn’t be able to reach our goals without the generosity of our incredible supporters, and boy, you all outdid yourselves this year!

Check out the infographic below for a look at some of the key numbers from the Great Grill Off (click the image to view a larger version). Thank you so much for helping to make this such a memorable event and for your continued support of our ministry. We can’t wait to see you back on the CCHO campus for next year’s Great Grill Off!

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Great sponsors for the Great Grill Off!

Wow! When we started planning the 2016 Great Grill Off, we tackled a few pretty big changes as we worked toward the vision God gave us for the event, and we weren’t sure how many people would show up on the CCHO campus that day.

It didn’t take long to get our answer, though. Twenty minutes into the event, our first two parking lots were full and our burger teams were hard at work grilling and handing out their delicious concoctions (here, here) to everyone who had already lined up to grab some lunch on what turned out to be a beautiful day here in Wooster! We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, and we are so grateful for the commitment everyone showed to the mission of CCHO and Encompass. In particular, the residential kids here on campus were amazed (as they are every year) that so many people showed up to support them and the work being done in their lives.

We will have some truly incredible numbers for everyone to see soon — attendance, donations, volunteers, food consumed — but in the meantime, we wanted to give special thanks to our event sponsors and partners, without whom the Great Grill Off wouldn’t have been nearly as great.

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The generosity displayed by our two premier sponsors, Bill Harris Auto in Ashland and The Tarrier Steel Co. in Columbus, was incredible. Bill Harris provided a 2015 Chevrolet Spark for our live auction while Tarrier Steel’s support made it possible for us to make this the biggest Great Grill Off ever!

Of course, the food was one of the stars of the day, and special thanks goes to Certified Angus Beef for providing all of the meat for the burgers that everyone enjoyed! We have worked with Certified Angus Beef for several years now during this event and we are so appreciative of their support…and their delicious product!

Can’t have burgers without buns, of course, and Buehler’s in Wooster donated all the buns used for the Grill Off. Frito Lay, meanwhile, provided a seemingly endless supply of chips, and we were extra excited to work with Wooster’s own Hartzler Family Dairy for the first time, making dessert a little extra special this year for everyone who had a bowl of Hartzler’s ice cream.

Finally, we are grateful for the support of The Commercial & Savings Bank and Curry Lumber, for the partnership we formed with The Daily Record, whose coverage and promotion before and after the event is very much appreciated, and, of course, Real Estate Showcase, whose auctioneers helped us pull off an amazing live auction!

God gave us a huge vision for the 2016 Great Grill Off, and there’s no way it would have become a reality without the support of all of these wonderful sponsors. Thank you so much!

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