The 2016 Big BBQ Bash is set for June 24-25 at Founder’s Square in historic downtown Maryville, TN, located at the scenic foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The event is a barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center, created by the Leadership Blount Class of 2007.
The 2015 Big BBQ Bash Champions: Smoke On This!
Categories include: Wampler’s Sausage, pork, chicken, ribs, beef brisket and dessert.
Cash and prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded!
The Big BBQ Bash is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. KCBS sanctions barbecue and grilling competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbecue as America's cuisine. In addition, KCBS has an extensive Certified Barbecue Judging program. It is the largest society of barbecue enthusiasts in the world.
Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed the Blount County Big BBQ Bash as a state championship, making the competition a qualifier for the American Royal Barbecue Cook-Off and Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. The 2016 competition will also be the third leg of The Triple Crown, a series of barbecue competitions in Knoxville, Sevierville and Maryville.
Since its inception in 2007, the Big BBQ Bash has raised nearly $150,000 for charitable causes in Blount County. All proceeds from the 2016 Big BBQ Bash will benefit mental health, addiction treatment and social services provided by the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Blount County.
This year's event is a part of Maryville's Summer on Broadway festival.
Competing BBQ teams may charge a fee per plate to the public on Friday and Saturday; giving attendees the chance to taste some of the best barbecue in the south. A variety of vendors will also be set-up to feed and entertain guests of all ages.
Friday, June 24
9:00 a.m. Check-in Begins
4:00 p.m. Cooks Meeting
7:00 p.m. Wampler's Sausage Turn-in (Mandatory)
7:30 p.m. "Anything Butt" Turn-in
Saturday, June 25
9:30 a.m. Judges Registration
11:00 a.m. Judges Meeting
12:00 p.m. Chicken
12:30 p.m. Ribs
1:00 p.m. Pork
1:30 p.m. Brisket
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony