Who needs pork for good barbecue?

Not Synagogue Emanu-El, a conservative Jewish congregation west of the Ashley. The synagogue is hosting its inaugural kosher barbecue competition, "Top Grillers Jew-B-Q," next month. Cooking categories are kosher beef ribs, chicken and fish.

"We are excited to introduce Charleston to kosher barbecue," says coordinator Laura Zucker. "This is the first event of its kind in Charleston, and anyone who loves barbecue will want to be involved either as a contestant or a voter."

The fundraiser contest will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the synagogue, 5 Windsor Drive in Charleston. Those who go can anticipate a full meal, including the barbecue competition, sides, appetizers and cocktails. Also included is music by the Jonathan Robinson Trio and a silent auction.

Each guest will get a token to vote for a favorite "grillmaster" and have the option to buy more tokens for additional votes.

Contestants may enter by emailing emanuelgrills@gmail.com or calling the synagogue office at 571-3264. The deadline is Aug. 8. The entry fee is $50 per team (limit five people per team).

All meat will be provided by Synagogue Emanu-El, and ingredients must have approved kosher certification. Cooking and grilling will take place on-site to comply with kosher food preparation.

Tickets are $50. Sponsorships also are available. To RSVP or for information, call 571-3264.