Canceled: 2020 Big BBQ Bash
Friday, June 25, 2021 (All day) to Saturday, June 26, 2021 (All day)
Founder's Square on Broadway (Maryville, TN)

Canceled: See you next year!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Helen Ross McNabb Center and Summer on Broadway are canceling the 2020 events. Join us on June 25, 2021 and June 26, 2021 at next year's Big BBQ Bash!


2020 Big BBQ Bash
Benefitting Helen Ross McNabb Center

The 2020 Big BBQ Bash is set for June 19-20 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 Helen Ross McNabb Center, created by the Leadership Blount Class of 2007.

Click here to register a team.

Click here to apply to be a judge.

To sign up to volunteer, click here. 

For more information, please contact Lindsay Hughes at

Categories include: Wampler’s Sausage, Bush's Best Beans, 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.

Former Governor Bill Haslam 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.

Since its inception in 2007, the Big BBQ Bash has raised more than $150,000 for charitable causes in Blount County. All proceeds from the 2019 Big BBQ Bash will benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center's Military Services in Blount County.

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The event is a part of Maryville's Summer on Broadway festival.

Summer on Broadway

Summer on Broadway

Admission is free to the public on Friday and Saturday!

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.

Tournament Contact

Lindsay Hughes
(865) 329-9031

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 19
9:00 a.m. Team Check-in Begins
4:00 p.m. Cooks Meeting
7:00 p.m. Wampler's Sausage Turn-in (Mandatory)
7:30 Bush Beans Turn-In
8:00 p.m. Dessert Turn-in

Saturday, June 20
9:30-10:30 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

Directions Map


Carolyn Forster