Hungry for Barbeque? Don’t worry; there are plenty of others on the same boat; after all, what’s more American than BBQ? This is why the United States hosts some of the best BBQ events in the world, from statewide get-togethers to worldwide championships. Here is a brief overview of the best ones.
Colorado State BBQ Championship
Date: August 3rd
Venue: Craig, Colorado
Though this may not be the largest state championship in the US, it is noteworthy due to the event taking place the same time as the hot air balloon festival. Though quite an unusual combination, the result is loads of fun with fellow BBQ enthusiasts from many regions, including Melbourne, Florida.
Atlanta BBQ Event
Date: 14th September
Venue: Atlanta, Georgia
One of the relatively new BBQ competitions, the Atlanta BBQ event was started in 2008. Over 10,000 people had attended the first annual events, followed by an increasing number of attendees each year. And with hundreds of BBQ restaurants setting up stalls along with a whole hog contest, we can guarantee one thing; you won’t go hungry.
Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle
Date: June 23
Venue: Washington D.C
Kept around the same date as the Iowa State Championship (see below), the BBQ event features a carnival setting complete with floats and food stalls. You can enjoy a chunky piece of steak while listening to the live band that is featured each year.
Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbeque
Date: 27th October
Venue: Lynchburg, Tennessee
What’s better to accompany a pair of cooked ribs than your favorite whiskey? This is why the world famous whiskey manufacturer Jack Daniels sponsors this BBQ championship each year in their hometown of Tennessee, where all of the state champions and a few international attendees gather around to prove their worth at the grill. Winner prizes include BBQ sauces, meals and of course, a bottle of Jack.
Iowa State BBQ Championship
Date: June 23
Venue: Marshalltown, Iowa
This is a must visit for BBQ lovers, as the event is famous for the tons of BBQ vendors that set up stalls. Well in its 16th anniversary this year, the Iowa State BBQ championship has tons of activities for its attendees, including the infamous “iron skillet one pot” challenge. If you are around the area, make sure to have a look.
American Royal World Series
Date: October 4th-8th
Venue: Kansas City, Kansas
The Wrestlemania of BBQ events, the American Royal World Series is the biggest and most prestigious BBQ event in the world, featuring the best in BBQ the world has to offer. Teams of 500 from all around the world compete for the coveted 1st position with more than 65,000 in the audience. Besides meat, the event also has solid sponsor backing from famous brands along with music, fireworks and a huge marketplace. If you’ve ever been serious about barbequing, you’ll make sure not to miss this one.