Full hearts and bellies!

We had a beautiful June day for our 2019 Great Grill Off. We warmly welcomed 11 community grill teams and nearly 1400 guests of all ages to the Wooster Campus of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio for amazing food and family fun! We know you came hungry as more than 5,000 burgers and 300 hot dogs were served along with your favorite picnic sides. Thank you to Frito Lay who once again donated chips and to Hartzler’s Family Dairy who contributed 24 gallons of ice cream to make the day extra sweet.

We saw smiles across the campus as friends and family enjoyed a host of carnival games, inflatables, face painting and tractor rides. Many of you took home winning desserts through our Bake Walk. In our inaugural basketball shootout, 69 shots were taken at 3/4 court resulting in three winners.

Congratulations to all of our winners… including Spoon Market who you voted Best Burger for a third consecutive year with their Kung Fu Panda Burger. Your second favorite burger was the Too Gouda Be True Burger grilled by West View Healthy Living. Third place winner was Buehler’s with their Luau Burger. The competition was filled with laughter and loyalty for their amazing creations. And it was delicious!

Our day was a huge success with the support of our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers who helped us throughout the weekend. Thank you for your kindness and leadership. Your support allowed us to help others experience their worth in Christ during our 50th celebration weekend.

Enjoy the photo gallery for a taste of the Grill Off and make plans to join us in June 2020 for our eighth annual competition!

Are you hungry yet?

The 2019 competition is really heating up between our 11 community grill teams. This year we are seeing a mix of hot and spicy creations as well as dangerous amounts of cheese 🙂 Will Spoon Market hold on to their undefeated status, or will a new team steal it away? Your vote could determine the 2019 Best Burger.

Get a sneak peek below, and be sure to bring the whole family and all of your friends out for our seventh annual event! Admission is free; your generous donation at the gate helps kids and families experience their worth perhaps for the first time!


Grilled by: Ashland University

Allouette Brie spread, pepper jam (poblano, jalapeño, red, yellow), red onion, red wine, red wine vinegar, black pepper, topped with candied bacon


Grilled by: Ugly Duck Extreme Spor-B-Grille

Cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, seasoning


Grilled by: Wooster Elks Lodge

Salt & pepper, onion powder, stuffed with a cream cheese blend of jalapeños, cheddar/monterey jack cheeses, chili & garlic powder, bacon bits, topped with ranch mayo and crispy onion straws


Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop

Red and green bell peppers, red and green jalapeño peppers, onion, spices, soy flour, salt, pasteurized milk


Grilled by: Mohican Hills Golf Club

Red onion, Spanish onion, tri-colored sweet bell peppers, portabella mushrooms, provolone, mozzerella, habeñero & jalapeño infused cheese whiz cream cheese spread OR mild cream cheese cheeze spread


Grilled by: Cutler Real Estate

Fresh spinach, arugula, goat cheese, fig jam, onion


Grilled by: Spoon Market

King’s Hawaiian Bun with sesame slaw, jalapeño cheddar spread, a sweet chili sauce piled onto a burger and topped off with Cool Ranch Doritos


Grilled by: Van Nostran Young & Associates

Garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, lemon pepper, seasoning, cheddar cheese


Grilled by: Frito Lay

Three-cheese blend with nachos and spices stuffed inside burger, salt & pepper, topped with nacho chips


Grilled by: West View Healthy Living

Worcestershire, smoked paprika, coriander, butter, cream cheese, garlic, scallion, bacon, onion, salt & pepper, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, arugala, lemon juice, olive oil, smoked gouda cheese


Grilled by: Buehler’s

Grilled pineapple, pulled pork, smoked gouda cheese, BBQ sauce on a Buehler’s sweet roll

Take your shot at $500

New to the Great Grill Off this year – take your shot at $500! Help us break in our new middle-school-sized gym by competing in our three-quarter court contest for a chance to win $500. Purchase tickets at the event: one for $5 or three for $10. Sponsored by ASAP! Promotional Product Idea Leaders. Check out the rules below and take the winning shot on Sunday, June 9!

Your 2019 grill teams

It’s almost here! The Great Grill Off has become one of the highlights of the summer in Wayne County. We are excited to welcome 11 teams from the community to compete for your vote for Best Burger. Their commitment to amazing food and helping kids overcome trauma is outstanding. We hope to see you on June 9! And we hope you come hungry!

This year’s Great Grill Off is 50 times more special

Our Seventh Annual Great Grill Off takes place during our 50th anniversary year! As we gear up for this summer favorite event (now just five weeks away), we invite you to learn more about the roots of our organization.

When CCHO opened in 1969, the vision of our founders was both simple and profound: a place where kids and God could meet. We are grateful that their vision has not only been fulfilled, but that it’s grown into our purpose of helping children, adults and families experience their worth in Christ.

In those 50 years, CCHO has expanded in so many ways. We now have four residential cottages on our campus housing as many as 36 kids at a time; we’ve developed a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the mental, emotional, physical, recreational and spiritual needs of each of our young residents; we offer equine-assisted therapy from One Heart Stables on our Wooster campus; and today, our family of ministries includes Encompass Christian Counseling and Encourage Foster Care.

To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries. Peruse the first nine stories here and check back throughout the year for more stories from this series.

We look forward to sharing this special anniversary with you on Sunday, June 9! So gather friends and family to taste delicious sliders and picnic classics and enjoy a host of family activities at our Seventh Annual Great Grill Off!

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