For at least 10 years it has been a July Fourth tradition for the members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church to barbecue Boston butts.
The tradition of raising funds through food is a long one in the St. Luke’s community outside of Prosperity.
This year the group cooked 340 butts that weighed a total of 2,500 pounds.
In addition to getting up at 4 a.m. to make the Boston butts, through the church and community center the people also do two steak suppers a year, a turkey stew in the fall and hash in the spring.
Most of the cooking is done at the old Stoney Hill School, which has been renovated by the retired men in the community.
But the annual Boston butt fundraiser for the church has paid off the building of the church’s fellowship hall and this year the money is going to help pay off the church’s bus.
Members of the group say the work cannot be done without a number of people helping.
In addition to having the traditional Stoney Hill mustard base sauce, which is also sold by the pint, the group has a bake sale.
With lots of hands helping to bake and bring fresh produce like blueberries, blackberries and peppers and canned relishes and jellies, the bake sale brings more than $1,000 each year.