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BBQ Festivals 2018 - 2019 Calendar

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo San Angelo, TX
Matagorda County Fair Bay City, TX
Hill Country Builders Association BBQ Cook Off Fredericksburg, TX
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Tampa, FL
F2T Productions Smoke and Beer Festival Columbia, SC

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Friends of Caroline Hospice Bands, Brews & BBQ Port Royal, SC
National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show Albuquerque, NM
Nevada Craft Brewers Association Brews N 'Ques Las Vegas, NV
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Atlanta, GA
LaSalle County Fair & Wild Hog Cook-Off Cotulla, TX
Sylvan Heights Bird Park Birds, Brews & BBQ Scotland Neck, NC
Wild Hog Explosion! Bandera, TX
General Granbury's Birthday Weekend Granbury, TX
Hogs for the Cause New Orleans, LA
Spirit of Texas Festival College Station, TX
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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Wilmington, NC
Santa Anita Winners' Circle BBQ Championship Arcadia, CA
The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival Chandler, AZ
Greens Prairie Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off & Craft Fair College Station, TX
Kerrville EasterFest Kerrville, TX
Walker County Fair & Rodeo Huntsville, TX
Tampa Bay Blues Festival Saint Petersburg, FL
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Lutherville-Timonium, MD
Wynwood's Grillin N Chillin BBQ Fest Miami, FL
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo Hitchcock, TX
Philadelphia Ham Jam Arts Festival Philadelphia, MS
Southern Hot Wing Festival Memphis, TN
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BBQ Festivals, Cook-offs & Contests

Ok, this is the part of Everfest where you have to listen to us tell you how awesome Texas BBQ is. You see, we are in Austin, TX, and the barbecue here is second to none. Now, with that in mind, we have curated for you a calendar of all the BBQ festivals, cook-offs and contests out there, and we do recommend you try to hit them all. BBQ is a science, and there are different approaches, such that Kansas City BBQ and Texas BBQ are really like different disciplines, and it's hardly fair to compare them (though you know our preference). I can't imagine you've made it this far without running out of your house looking for delicious smoked meats, but if you make it to some of these feasts, we hope to see you there!

Top 10 BBQ Festivals

  • Memphis in May World Championship
  • A world-renowned international festival, Memphis in May also sets aside some time to do what the city knows best: making unbelievable barbecue. Teams whip up their most flavorful recipes, thousands of fans pig out, and a world champion comes out on top.
  • American Royal World Series of Barbecue
  • The world’s largest barbecue competition ain’t blowing smoke. Follow your taste buds to Kansas City for lip-smacking barbecue, exquisite cocktails, live entertainment including carnival rides and mechanical bull riding, and much more throughout Labor Day weekend.
  • Hogs for the Cause
  • At this finger-licking festival in New Orleans, you’ll pig out on all kinds of delicious barbecue recipes while raising money for families with children fighting brain cancer. Nearly one hundred regional barbecue masters compete in a heated cooking competition to determine the best, but it’s all about raising money for the cause.
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (multiple locations)
  • The three most delicious B’s in the English language take a lengthy road trip around the U.S. to share dozens of craft beers, nearly 50 bourbons and tons of barbecue. Pick a city somewhere on the map and this party will likely roll through.
  • Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
  • What, you thought good barbecue can only be found in the South? Take a trip to Manhattan and you’ll find some of the tastiest barbecue this side of the Mississippi. The smell of smoked meat draws more than a hundred thousand to the Heart of New York City for mouthwatering barbecue, adult beverages and unforgettable views of the city.
  • World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off
  • You can’t have a Top-10 barbecue list without big ole Texas in the mix. This long-running competition takes place every Labor Day weekend to determine the best-tasting goat meat in the world. There’s a lot of good eating to be done in Brady, Texas.
  • Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
  • Hungry? How does a quarter million pounds of ribs sound? Best in the West is a six-day feast featuring the best rib cookers in the country who compete for cash prizes and your taste buds. No matter what happens, you can bet on having a satisfied stomach.
  • Kentucky State BBQ Festival
  • Kentucky’s got bourbon, jockeys and ridiculously flavorful barbecue. At this acclaimed festival, you’ll chow down on award-winning barbecue from celebrity pitmasters, indulge on local bourbon, and enjoy live music in historic Danville.
  • Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival
  • The Deep South is where you’ll find some of the tastiest barbecue. Atlanta’s top restaurants and pitmasters bring great flavor to the BAR-B-Q Festival, where you’ll stumble upon various styles of barbecue, bourbon samples and upbeat live music.
  • Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
  • Nothing goes better together than smoking-hot barbecue and cool, bluesy riffs. In Bedford, Texas, teams whip up mouthwatering dishes and blues artists play smooth tunes for you to groove to. Life has never tasted nor sounded this good.

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