Meaty Undertaking

Franklin Noon Rotary to smoke butts, tri-tips for Super Bowl parties and to aid hungry

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The Franklin Noon Rotary Club does things in a big way. Take, for example, the Franklin Rodeo, the Great Americana BBQ Festival and the annual Super Bowl pork butts and beef tri-tip fundraiser. 

For the second year, the club is offering its buy-one-give-one program that fed more than 3,000 people in the community last year. 

“It is important for us to not just raise money but also take this event one step further and help feed those in need,” Rotarian Bill Foley said.  

For every piece of meat that is sold, the club will donate another piece and side dishes to a local charitable organization that feeds the needy of Williamson County. 

In order to feed the masses, the club has partnered with One Generation Away, which will distribute the meals to the organizations. One Generation Away is a local organization that distributes healthy foods to families throughout Middle Tennessee. The organization has been supported by Franklin Noon Rotary for many years.  

Chris Whitney, director of One Generation Away, said that they don’t typically receive this type of food.  

“This is a tremendous blessing to have this food,” Whitney said. “We are not typically delivering beef tri-tips and pork like this.” 

The Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Bridges Domestic Violence Center, My Friends House, The Davis House and also food programs with the Franklin Special School District are some of the local organization will be receiving the smoked meats.

 “This is phenomenal to work with the Franklin Noon Club on this,” Whitney said. “This event touches so many people, and I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when we deliver these delicious meals.” 

The club also will partner with Franklin High School’s culinary team, led by Charles Gillespie, who will cook sides to go along with the donated meats to provide a complete meal. 

“It’s awesome that we can also partner with local high schools to do good things for the community,” Foley said. “Coach Gillespie and his students do a wonderful job as they help us with our other events as well.” 

Franklin Noon Rotarian Scott Hubbard said that the barbecue team will be smoking butts for 12-14 hours to get them just right.  

“Our crew puts a lot of love into the smoker to get the heat just right,” Hubbard said.  

The pork butts weigh 5-6 pounds after smoking and will easily feed 18-20 people. They can be made into sandwiches, sliders, nachos and more. 

Rotarian Jeff Nichols uses the pork for most of his soups, stews, beans and many other dishes.  

“The pork butt is definitely a hit at the party,” he said. “My pork nachos are historic.” 

The beef sirloin tri-tip is also very popular at Super Bowl parties. Hubbard said the tri-tip is about 2½-3 pounds after cooking and feeds a family of eight to 10.  

“We rub the tri-tip down with a dry and wet rub,” he said. “It has a great flavor; we cook it to medium-rare, but if you prefer it cooked more, you can do it in your oven.” 

Hubbard said beef tri-tips have become almost as popular as the pork butts.  

“You can make sandwiches or sliders with them, or they are delicious on their own,” he said. 

The BBQ Society is made up of Rotarians who have a passion for cooking and passion for giving back to the community. 

“Rotary is service above self,” Foley said. “All money raised goes back to the community through our foundation.” 

Each item is priced at $40, and all proceeds go to the Franklin Noon Rotary Foundation. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted. 

The deadline to order is Jan. 24. To place an order, text or call Foley at 615-477-6954 or email him at

Orders will be available for pickup between noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Williamson Herald office, at 1117 Columbia Ave. in downtown Franklin.

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