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!

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!


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


Grilled by: Miracle Workers (CCHO-CRC)

Doritos, bacon, special seasoning, chipotle mayo & cheese


Grilled by: Gouda Bar & Grill

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


Grilled by: Encompass East

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


Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop

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


Grilled by: AVENGERS (Encompass Central)

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


Grilled by: The Pines Golf Club & Restaurant

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


Grilled by: Encompass West

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

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