USA BBQ Competitions August 2016


Raleigh RibFest – August 1st


Calling all barbecue enthusiasts! The Raleigh RibFest celebrates everything and anything ribs. Since its inception in 2005, the meat-eccentric fest has grown into one of the premier barbecue gatherings in the area and was named one of the Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Bureau. Guests can enjoy a massive selection of eats, live music and a wide assortment of beer to choose from.

Raleigh City Plaza, Fayetteville St & W Lenoir Sr, Raleigh, NC

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Westland Blues, Brews, & BBQ August 5th – 6th


Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Westland, Michigan, is a celebration of the American music genre, homegrown craft suds and flame-grilled barbecue. The two-day event features live blues from local legends, dozens of beers from the state’s celebrated microbreweries and the best smoked fare that Westland has to offer. Additional attractions include a kid’s zone and a classic car show.

Central City Park Justice Drive, Westland, MI

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – August 5th – 6th


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC

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Ribs and R&B Music Festival – August 12th – 14th


What’s better than enjoying delicious food while listening to great music? At the Ribs and R&B Music Festival, revelers are treated to an amazing summertime celebration of barbecue and great music. The festival features an outstanding lineup of local barbecue experts and grilling gurus serving up tasty ribs, brisket and chicken, as well as show after show featuring a variety of talented R&B and soul singers. In past years, the festival has received such artists as Chanté Moore, Loose Ends, Steven Russell Harts, The Mary Jane Girls, Dion Price, The Enchantments and many others.

Philip A. Hart Plaza 199 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI

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Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival


The annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is a celebration of mouthwatering, fresh-off-the-spit barbecue. All regional styles of barbecue are represented at the two-day event, and over 50 pitmasters, chefs and teams compete in various categories like best sauce and best brisket. Additional attractions include bourbon samplings, cooking demos and live music.

Atlantic Station 20th Street, Atlanta, GA

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Lewisburg Brew-B-Que – August 13th


Come sample some of the regions best beer, wine, and BBQ. Hosted in historic downtown Lewisburg. This  is the third annual Brew-B-Que and plans to be the biggest yet! Come enjoy yourself!

Hufnagle Park, Lewisburg, PA

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Teddy Bear BBQ & Chili Cook Off – August 13th – 14th


Sometimes you just need to wash down that Texas barbecue with some live music. The Teddy Bear BBQ (no teddy bears are barbecued, only meat) & Music Festival features a boatload of barbecue, food vendors, a car show, arts and crafts and live music. If you’re ready to “meat” your match, the event also features a barbecue and chili cooking competition.

Bend o’ the River Ranch 7915 S General Bruce Dr. Temple, TX

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Long Beach BBQ Festival – August 19th – 21st


The Long Beach BBQ Festival gathers some of the best barbecue pitmasters from around the country to compete in its annual cook-off of grilled ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket, pulled pork and many other pit favorites. The festival features entertainment from live country bands and a great lineup of beer and wine producers from all over California. It provides fun for the whole family, hosting an arts and crafts exhibit as well as a special stage for children’s shows. The festival’s highlight is the VIP Rib Village, which features special seating, table service and all-you-can-eat barbecue for revelers that take their love of grilled meats seriously.

Rainbow Lagoon Park 214 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA

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KC Kosher BBQ Festival – August 21st


The annual KC Kosher BBQ Festival in Overland Park, Kansas, is a celebration of the rich flavors and cuisine from the “World’s Barbecue Capital.” The one-day extravaganza features pitmasters, chefs and teams from the region competing in various categories including best sauce and best brisket, all in keeping with a Kosher diet.

 Ritz Charles 9000 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS

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Taylor International BBQ Cook-off – August 21st-22nd


Meat lovers head to Taylor, Texas, each August to compete in the Taylor International BBQ Cookoff. Teams battle it out to take home the title in seven different meat categories. Not to worry if you’re not one for grilling, you can still make your way around the rigs to taste the competitor’s samples and vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

Circleville General Store 600 Highway 95 Taylor, TX

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Music City BBQ Festival – August 26th – 27th


Each year, the Music City BBQ Festival invites barbecue teams to compete for a $25,000 cash prize and coveted titles in various Tennessee BBQ competitions. While the savory, mouth-watering barbecue remains the main focus of the event, guests can also enjoy a talented lineup of performers who provide a live soundtrack to the festivities.

Tennessee State Fairgrounds 500 Wedgewood Avenue Nashville, TN

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Indiana Bacon Festival – August 27th


Straight off the pig’s back is the Indiana Bacon Festival, where everyone’s love for bacon is just as quirky as yours. A cook-off will produce the tastiest and crispiest bacon, you’ll take part in a bacon-eating contest, run the calories off in the festival’s 5k and share your love for all things pork. You’ll also learn how well booze pairs with bacon at the beer and wine garden.

Downtown Delphi 119 W Franklin St Delphi, IN

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USA BBQ Competitions July 2016


Naperville Ribfest July 1st-3rd


The annual Naperville Ribfest presents locals with a spectacular Fourth of July celebration complete with a colorful fireworks display, all while supporting a fantastic cause. In addition to being a community-wide celebration, the festival is dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence and donates its proceeds to these efforts. Attendees can enjoy a wide selection of indulgent eats, a lineup of talented live musicians and various children’s activities to keep the entire family entertained.

Knoch Park 701 West Street Naperville, IL 60540

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Pork & Brew New Mexico BBQ State Championship July 2nd-4th


The 13th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 2nd – 4th. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will be returning to the event, showcasing a petting zoo and pig races throughout the weekend.

Santa Ana Star Center 3001 Civic Center Cir NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144

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Grillstock Bar-B-Q & Music Festival July 2nd-3rd


Organized as a traveling food festival, Grillstock Bar-B-Q & Music Festival brings traditional American barbecue and soul food to Bristol, Manchester and London. Guests can enjoy locally sourced meat and a unique blend of homemade sauces and seasonings as they listen to musical performances from around the world. The participating pit masters take great pride in their work and aim to offer guests the absolute best.

10 Canons Way, Bristol, BS BS1 5LF, UK

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Windy City Ribfest July 2nd-4th


This Chicago-based street festival is truly a celebration of everything ribs. Founded in 2008, this three-day event features some of the most renowned local and national pitmasters as well as a selection of live bands for guests to choose from. In addition to perusing the many food stands and music stages, guests can also enjoy arts and crafts activities, making this finger-lickin’ festival very family friendly.

4800 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60640

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Omaha Brewers Barbeque July 9th


The Omaha Brewers Barbeque in Nebraska celebrates mouthwatering barbeque and thirst-quenching craft beer. The one-day smorgasbord features barbecued delights such as smoked pulled pork and chicken wings and pairs them with signature sudsy offerings from choice Nebraska microbreweries. Handcrafted sodas and live musical performances are among the additional attractions.

3578 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131

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Dam’ LakeFest & State BBQ Cook-off Championship July 15th-16th


This festival emphasizes three things that Texas does well without breaking a sweat (never mind, it’s still blazing hot): eating, drinking and rocking. The barbecue cook-off, ‘biergarten’ and a stage pumping out awesome music is only the beginning of what you’re getting yourself into, but it’s a hell of a start.

Welch Park, Somerville, TX 77879, US

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Coryell Creek Critters BBQ Cook-Off & Festival July 15th-16th


Coryell Creek Critters BBQ Cook-Off & Festival is an annual fundraiser held in Gatesville, Texas, for the American Cancer Society. The festival includes a pork rib, brisket and chicken cook-off as well as a pork chop cook-off and baking competition for the kids. If meat isn’t your thing, you can also participate in the salsa, beans or margarita competitions. Dance Friday night with Branded Heart Band. Lots of activities Friday night and all day Saturday for all ages.

Fauntleroy Park, S 7th St, Gatesville, TX 76528, US

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Windy City Smokeout July 15th-17th


Held in downtown Chicago, Windy City Smokeout BBQ & Country Music Fest spotlights some of the finest barbeque around. The soundtrack to accompany this event is decidedly country and includes live performances by some of the biggest names in country music today. Guests can opt to purchase three-day passes or spring for a VIP ticket, which includes prime seating for the live concerts and $50 towards any food they choose to indulge in. Tickets are also available to attend smaller panels with some of the pit masters, where they share their personal techniques and tips with aspiring barbeque connoisseurs.

560 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, US

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Night In Old Fredericksburg & BBQ Cook-Off July 16th


Get off your butt for some delicious pork butt, ribs, brisket and more at the Night In Old Fredericksburg & BBQ Cook-Off. While you’re busy stuffing your face, there’s horse racing, live music with dancing (that last part is encouraged as you’re guaranteed to overeat), a domino tournament, arts and crafts.

530 Fair Dr, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, US

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Jamaican Jerk Festival New York July 19th


The Jamaican Jerk Festival NY is the largest Caribbean food festival in New York. Over 20,000 guests join in the festivities each year and celebrate the delicious culinary traditions of the Caribbean. While the food remains the focal point of the festival, attendees can also enjoy live music performances and dancing.

17701 Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434, US

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Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival July 22nd-24th


The Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is a premier event for lovers of good times and good tunes. Festival-goers can enjoy show-stopping performances from blues musicians from around the country, delicious ales from local breweries and finger-lickin’-good barbecue cooked up by Kentucky’s best grill masters.

3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY, US

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Jazz & Rib Fest July 22nd-24th


Jazz & Rib Fest is one of Columbus’s most anticipated summer traditions offering local, regional and international jazz performances for over thirty years. The three-day event includes a cook-off between award-winning barbecue teams from around the country. Teams compete for bragging rights for “Best Ribs” and serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more.

218 West St, Columbus, OH, US

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The Great Midwest Rib Fest July 22nd-24th


Coinciding with The Great Midwest Art Fest, The Great Midwest Rib Fest is an outdoor event showcasing the achievements of the nations most revered pitmasters. Guests have the chance to watch the featured BBQ professionals face off in a rib contest and are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite chef.

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN, US

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St. Patrick Irish Picnic and Homecoming July 29th-30th


In what the Guinness Book of World Records has called the largest outdoor barbecue celebration, the St. Patrick Irish Picnic and Homecoming in McEwen, Tennessee, is an annual tradition that features a world-famous chicken and secret hot sauce dish. Additional attractions during the two-day engagement include traditional and contemporary Irish music, games and dancing.

175 St Patrick St, McEwen, TN, US

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USA BBQ Competitions June 2016


Beef Empire Days June 3rd-12th, 2016


Held over the course of two weeks, Beef Empire Days in Garden City, Kansas, is a celebration of beef and the cattle industry. The multiple-day extravaganza features barbecue cookouts, conferences, concerts, a ranch rodeo, athletic competitions, live stock auctions, golf tournaments, carnival attractions, kid’s activities, speaking engagements and more.

Multiple Locations in Garden City, Garden City, KS

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Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival June 3rd-5th, 2016


The smell of barbecue circulates about the atmosphere, massaging your taste buds without food even touching your tongue. Saddle up as barbecue pitmasters take part in a cook-off to determine the best the nation has to offer. Allow some of the best craft beer to avalanche down your throat, taking the smoky flavor with it. To top it all off, some country, blues and more completes the flavor profile.

George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center 3737 Crestview Dr. Norco, CA

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Happy Harry’s RibFest June 8th-11th, 2016


Happy Harry’s RibFest in Fargo, North Dakota, is a four-day early June event that has been taking place since 1996. Guests can enjoy live music as well as endless ribs, chicken and pulled pork from local, regional and far-away rib cookers, and there’s even a carnival for the whole family!

Fargo Dome 1800 N University Dr.Fargo, ND

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Desoto Grilln’ & Chilln’ BBQ Cook Off June 10th-11th, 2016


Smoky, spicy barbecue fresh off the grill will be your motivation to get out for a fun-filled day. Also, participate in a community cleanup along the river, but this time it will actually be fun! This unique competition challenges those guests to collect the funkiest garbage laying about the river. If only your mom made cleaning your room this fun.

DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park 2195 NW American Legion Dr. Arcadia, FL

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Ribfest Chicago June 10th-12th, 2016


As seen on Food Network’s “Eating America” in 2014, this event has become one of Chicago’s most anticipated festivals, voted “Best Food Fest” for 3 years in a row. The festival averages 60,000 attendees, and about 50,000 pounds of pork, but there are other attractions besides the ribs. Ribfest has become a nationally recognized Indie music festival hosting two stages of well-known national and local acts. This event, as well as the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce has invested close to $250,000 back into the community.

4000 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival June 11th, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222

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Carolina BBQ Festival June 11th, 2016


Carolina BBQ Festival is a food festival that takes place Jun 11, 2016 at Greenville Town Commons.

105 E. 1st St., Greenville, NC 27858

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BBQ RibFest June 16th-19th, 2016


The BBQ RibFest hosted in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a four-day celebration of everything and anything ribs. Featuring some of the country’s most accomplished pit masters, this event combines a passion for excellent BBQ with live music featuring a variety of genres including blues, rock and country. Guests can participate in a 5k walk and run to support the festival.

Headwaters Park 330 South Clinton Street Fort Wayne, IN

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Peak City Pig Fest June 17th-18th, 2016


Pitmasters from all over the country come to Raleigh, North Carolina, to attend the Peak City Pig Fest and do what they do best. Over the course of two days, teams compete to create the most delicious dishes for the chance to win prize money and eternal bragging rights. Come join in the festivities and explore the work of some of the finest barbecue masters around!

Historic Downtown Apex N Salem St & Center St. Apex, NC

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Boom 97.3 Beach BBQ & Brews Festival June 17th-19th, 2016


The boom 97.3 Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is an annual festival taking place on Father’s Day weekend at Woodbine Park. Come out to this FREE EVENT to enjoy great BBQ and live music from The Trews, 54-40, and Big Sugar Reggae Style – along with a children’s area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, grilling demonstrations, craft vendors, and, of course, beer and beverage vendors. Saturday afternoon features children’s performers Al Simmons and Mini Pop Kids!

Woodbine Park 1695 Queen St E Toronto, ON

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival June 17th, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD 20745

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King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival June 18th-19th, 2016


Smoke up (not like that) at the King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival. Whether you take part in it or watch from the sidelines, this BBQ challenge is home to some of the most delicious BBQ that has yet to find your dinner plate. While you’re busy eating, there’s a Kids Zone and arts and crafts to make the event even more flavorful.

Waterfront Park, N Court St & Joe DiMaggio Dr. Martinez, CA

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6 Corners BBQ Fest June 18th-19th, 2016


The 6 Corners BBQ Fest is an annual cook-out in Chicago’s Northwest side featuring a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Festival-goers are treated to variety of grilled delectables, ranging from baby back ribs and pulled pork, to turkey legs and beef brisket. It also features a variety of attractions like live music, wrestling, puppet shows, dance workshops, karate demos and more.

 6 Corners Shopping District, 4043 North Milwaukee Avenue. Chicago, IL

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Great Lenexa BBQ Battle June 24th-25th, 2016


The annual Great Lenexa BBQ Battle in Lenexa, Kansas, is a mouthwatering celebration of all things barbecue. The two-day extravaganza traditionally features over 185 pitmasters, chefs and teams from around the region competing for top prizes in the categories of brisket, pork and chicken. Additional attractions include live musical performances and a children’s activity zone.

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park 14801 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS

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Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival June 24th-26th, 2016


Held in Rochester, New Hampshire, the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival invites some of the finest barbecue experts from around the world to participate in a celebration of delicious food and fantastic music. The three-day event boasts a lineup of country musicians, a line dancing event, beach bar and purple dance floor to accompany the copious amounts of delicious barbecue.

Tri-City Stadium 72 Lafayette Street Rochester, NH

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Safeway Barbecue Battle June 25th-26th, 2016


Washington, D.C.’s Safeway Barbecue Battle is a two-day celebration of community and BBQ along Historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Teams and restaurants from across the U.S. compete for cash and prizes as well as the coveted title of National BBQ Champion. The event also features multiple bands across three stages, cooking demonstrations, wine and food tastings, beverage gardens and athletic activities. Billed as one of the nation’s top BBQ events, this is a food and fun-filled festival for the whole family.

Pennsylvania Ave between 9th & 14th St Washington, DC

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Duncan Ribfest June 25th-26, 2016


Duncan Ribfest is a food festival that takes place Jun 25-26, 2016 at Main Avenue in Downtown Duncan.

Main Ave & 9th St Duncan, NE

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USA BBQ Competitions May 2016

Truman Heritage Festival May 5-7, 2016


The Truman Heritage Festival in Grandview, Missouri, is an annual event with three days of fun for the whole family. The free, patriotic festival features a carnival, live music, a grand parade, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, a beer garden, an Armed Forces and Military Expo and a Kids Corner with engaging activities for the little ones. There’s also a BBQ Championship, with cash prizes awarded to winners in multiple categories.

Meadowmere Park 13610 Byars Rd Grandview, MO

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Electra Goat BBQ & Craft Show May 6-8, 2016


The 33rd Annual Electra Goat BBQ & Craft Show will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Electra Fairgrounds.  The event is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and kicks off with a Friday night jackpot steak cook-off. Cooking categories on Saturday include jackpot beans, chicken, ribs, brisket, and of course, GOAT!

Electra Fairgrounds 701 E Cleveland Ave Electra, TX

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival May 7, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 micro-brews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

Symphony Park at Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd Charlotte, NC

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World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 12-14, 2016


The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee, attracts hundreds of guests every year who come to celebrate all things barbecue. Teams grill and smoke to compete for a chance at winning over $110,000 in prizes and bragging rights. Aside from the competition itself, guests can witness the popular Ms. Piggie Idol, a singing contest where participants can show off their vocal talents

Tom Lee Park 450 Riverside Dr Memphis, TN

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Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-Off May 13-14, 2016


Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cookoff features a cooking competition across multiple categories including fajitas, seafood, ribs, chicken and of course, wild game. The festival is a benefit for Yaga’s Children’s Fund and offers several activities for kids including the Run Wild 5k, a non-competitive event to promote health while bringing the community together. The Kid’s Area has free arts and crafts, moonwalks and a petting zoo, and live entertainment adds to the party atmosphere.

Pier 21 2100 Harborside Dr Galveston, TX

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Lee County Fair & Rodeo May 19-21, 2016


The Lee County Fair & Rodeo in Giddings, Texas, is a May festival complete with a Charcoal Challenge BBQ, carnival and parade. Live music, food tastings, family-friendly activities and a car show are just a few things to partake in over this three-day festival. Each day of the festival honors a different group with festival discounts, the second day being Senior Citizens Day and the third day an Armed Forces Day Celebration.

Firemen’s Park 2495 W Hwy 290 Giddings, TX

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Houston Barbecue Festival May 22, 2016


The Houston Barbecue festival is a fairly new festival that has quickly garnered a large number of visitors because of the delicious BBQ offerings from only the best Houston BBQ joints and pitmasters. Aiming to recognize and celebrate Southern tastes, this event features great local music and ample amounts of great food, so come hungry! A portion of ticket proceeds goes toward supporting people with disabilities.

Reliant Park, 1 Reliant Park Houston, Texas

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Best Dam Barbecue Challenge May 27-28, 2016


Established in 2015, the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is a tradition in Boulder City, Nevada that features some of the finest pitmasters in the country. Over 40 professional teams compete each year for a sizable cash prize, eternal bragging rights and an automatic place in the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue, which is considered one of the best competitions of its kind.

Bicentennial Park 999 Colorado St Boulder City, NV

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Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival


Kick off your summer in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains with some savory treats at the Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival! Each year, barbecue chefs from around the world serve up mouth-watering morsels of ‘cue for voracious revelers to enjoy. Attendees can also watch the judging of the festival’s barbecue competition and see who gets crowned the victor. Folks can bring their kids along, too, as the festival is host to a fun, interactive Kids Zone complete with a variety of outdoor games and arts & crafts activities.

Beaver Creek Mountain, Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek, CO

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USA BBQ Competitions April 2016

BBQ season has begun in the US, and competitions are popping up all over. We created this list to help you stay informed throughout the month.


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – April 1-2, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 micro-brews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pit-masters, head distillers and brew-masters.

Maryland State Fairgrounds 2200 York Rd Lutherville-Timonium, MD

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Santa Anita Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship – April 2nd, 2016


As the largest barbecue competition in California, the Santa Anita Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship is not just another day at the races. This nationally sanctioned event has live music jamming throughout the day as the top pit masters from the western United States compete for cash prizes and state titles. With live cooking demos, arts & craft vendors and a kid’s zone, the whole family can enjoy a day of barbecue celebration at the famed Santa Anita Park race track!

Santa Anita Park 285 W Huntington Dr Arcadia, CA

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Texas Men’s State Chili and Barbecue Championships – April 2nd, 2016


The Texas Men’s State Chili and Barbecue Championships are held annually at Blanco County Fairgrounds in Johnson City. Each March, some of the top cooks from around the country gather to compete in this Chili Cook-Off. The festivities also include a junior cook-off, car show, a silent auction and even a domino tournament.

Blanco County Fairgrounds 619 US HWY 281 N Johnson City, TX

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Greens Prairie Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off & Craft Fair – April 2nd, 2016


The sum is greater than these two individual parts at the Greens Prairie Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off & Craft Fair in College Station, Texas. Smokehouse lovers and decorative trinket enthusiasts unite at the annual one-day fundraising fair, which benefits Green Prairie elementary school. Other attractions include live country music and children concerts in addition to children’s games and contests.

Greens Prairie Elementary School 4315 Greens Prairie Tr College Station, TX

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Rock the River BBQ Competition – April 8-9, 2016


The Rock the River BBQ Competition is a serious cooking competition for pit-masters, by pit-masters in Houston, Texas. This family-friendly event takes place along banks of the scenic San Jacinto River and awards winners for the best Brisket, Ribs and Chicken.

Magnolia Gardens 10244 Beach St Houston, TX

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Tri-State BBQ Festival – April 8-9, 2016


Dothan’s Tri-State BBQ Festival pits (get it?!) teams primarily from Florida, Georgia and Alabama against each other in some of the nation’s fiercest BBQ competition. There are actually competitors from all around, as well, and spectators can sample BBQ and have some good —and delicious — festival fun.

Houston County Farm Center 1701 E Cottonwood Rd Dothan, AL

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BBQ FEST San Diego – April 9th, 2016


SILO at Makers Quarter 753 15th St San Diego, CA

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Philadelphia Ham Jam Arts Festival – April 15 -16, 2016


A festival with a fun name to say, the Philadelphia Ham Jam Arts Festival is held in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and a major part of this event involves cooking up some barbecue. In fact, there’s a large BBQ contest at this festival, which also brings live music and a Hog Wild Run/Walk to the streets of southern Philly. This is a spring festival on the Main Street of the town that happens over a couple days, a format is has followed since its inception in the early 2000s. This is part of the town’s efforts to revitalize their downtown area and is the largest promotional event in the area, with over 15,000 people taking part in its busiest years and proceeds going to the community.

Downtown Philadelphia 256 W Beacon St Philadelphia, MS

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Chapel Hill Beers, Blues & BBQ Craft Beer Festival – April 16th, 2016


We’d like to invite YOU, the Triangle area beer enthusiasts, to come experience local and regional craft beers! Beers, Blues & BBQ delivers unlimited beer sampling in a robust atmosphere filled with toe-tapping music, games, contests, great vendors and delicious BBQ. Come for the event of the year!

Southern Village Green 716 Market St Chapel Hill, NC

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Canyon Lake Barbecue Cook-Off April 29-May 1st, 2016


BBQ connoisseurs come together at the Canyon Lake BBQ Cook-off to compete for the gold in this grilling competition. Contestants partake in several categories including brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken and cook’s choice. There are also Unique Pit, Showmanship and People’s Choice Awards given to a few lucky competitors.

San Antonio Joint Base 698 Jacobs Creek Park Rd Canyon Lake, TX

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USA BBQ Competitions March 2016

BBQ season has begun in the US, and competitions are popping up all over. We created this list to help you stay informed throughout the month.

Liberty Jubilee Family Fun Fest – March 18-19, 2016


Founded in 1986, the Liberty Jubilee Family Fun Fest in Liberty, Texas, is a community celebration with entertainment and activities for folks of all ages. The two-day event features the unique works of area artists and crafters, a Friday night fish fry, a book and bake sale, barbecue cook-off, three stages of live musical and dance performances, clowns, rides, a parade and a dynamic fireworks display

Historic Downtown Area 1923 Sam Houston St Liberty, TX

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The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival – Mar 19, 2016

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival in Chandler, Arizona, is a mouthwatering, thirst-quenching bonanza that celebrates BBQ and craft brews. The award-winning, one-day event features 60 pit masters smoking and grilling over 20,000 lbs. of pork, chicken and brisket. Other attractions include eating contests, a battle of the bands, hoedown and rodeo zone.
AJ Chandler Park 3 S Arizona Ave Chandler, AZ
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Wild Hog Explosion! – Mar 19, 2016

Always different and exceptionally exciting, Bandera offers a wild and crazy event with the Wild Hog Explosion! This fun-filled weekend includes the hilarious Wild Hog Catch, the always crowd-pleasing BBQ Cook-Off and an awesome All Bike Rally. And let’s not forget about the bicycle rodeo for the kiddos and the many craft vendors! Pig out at the Wild Hog Feed featuring Pork BBQ plates with all the trimmings. There are lots of fun things for the kids, too, like the Hog Callin’ Contest, and the event benefits the Bandera County Library. The Wild Hog Explosion! is pretty darn exciting! First you start with about 150 wild hogs that vary in size and age. Then you take a group of willing humans that also vary in size and age, match up the size and weight, then put one hog in the ring with two nervous people and challenge the humans to catch the smart, fast and loud wild hog! The object is to catch the hog, put him in a feed sack and get him to the finish line. Teams are judged on time. Oh, and you only have 1 minute to catch the hog before the whistle blows! Most of the time the hog wins… but not without a lot of action, adventure and tons of laughs, generally from the hog!
Mansfield Park, Bandera, TX 78003, US
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Shelby County Grill Fest – Mar 19, 2016


Shelby County Grill Fest hosts a day of fun and delicious competitions. Chefs compete for the title in chicken, pork, spare ribs and brisket cook-offs. But its not just about meat; guests can also participate in horseshoe and washer pitching contests. In between games, check out a lineup of live bands and stick around to see who gets crowned champion of each competitive category.

John D. Windham Civic Center 146 Express Blvd  Center, TX 

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Kerrville EasterFest – Mar 26, 2016 


The Kerrville Easterfest is an annual celebration over 40 years old. This free community-focused event is held the Saturday before Easter, and offers live music and both a chili and BBQ cook-off. It wouldn’t be Easter without a great Easter egg hunt, too.

Flat Rock Park 3840 Riverside Dr. Kerrville, TX  

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