Fall Barbecue Festivals

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Make time in 2014 for one of these great fall Barbecue Festivals.  If you believe that BBQ is serious business you’ll want to head over to one of the October barbecue festivals we offer. From ribs to shoulder to butt, you’re sure to find a BBQ delicacy to please your palate.

Along with barbecuing often comes the other two important “B’s” – Blues and Beer and this month’s festivals are no exception. Good times, loud music, and great food are always guaranteed so come hungry and plan on staying most of the day. Many of the delicious offerings need hours of slow cookin’ and smokin’ and you won’t want to leave before the samples come out. There’s usually plenty of other barbecue-type food on hand too like classic slaws and salads as well as some mighty fine desserts.

If you feel confident about your own barbecuing skills then by all means enter yourself and your grill into the festivities, but you’ll need to sign up early as many of the spots get taken by seasoned local barbecuers aiming for this year’s big prize.

September Barbecue Festivals:

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival – Atlanta, GA – September 13-14, 2013
Smokin’ On The Track BBQ Festival – Shenandoah, VA – September 21, 2013
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival – Hart, MI – September 13-14, 2013
Kentucky State BBQ Festival – Danville, KY – September 7-8, 2013
Pickin’ in the Panhandle - Martinsburg, WV – September 6-8, 2013
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – Reston, VA – September 21, 2013
Blues & BBQ Festival – Marlboro, NJ – September 21, 2013
Barbecue On The River – Paducah, KY – September 26-28, 2013
Burnett BBQ Cook-Off - Burnett, TX – September 27-28, 2013
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – Columbia, MO – September 20-22, 2013

October Barbecue Festivals:

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – New Orleans, LA – October 18-20, 2013
Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival – Nelsonville, OH – October 18-19, 2013
Barbecue Festival – Lexington, NC – October 26, 2013
World Series of Barbecue – Kansas City – October 2-5, 2014
This is the American Royal, the largest BBQ contest in the world with over 500 teams competing in this 35th Annual World Series.
Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival – Gaston, SC – October 4-5, 2013

BBQ Competitions and Cook-Off Events in September and October 2014

If you have watched Pitmasters on TV you have seen them compete for big bucks at barbecue events across the country.  Here is a pretty good list of the competitions with real prize money.  Some have open competitions where you can compete while others are for professionals with up to $100,000 in grill equipment.  See more on our blog post about BBQ compeitions and cook off events.

Arizona Rhythm & Ribs – Cottonwood, AZ – September 5-6, 2014
Sky’s the Limit BBQ Classic – Garden City, KS – September 5-6, 2014
Puckaway Pigfest – Montello, WI – September 5-6, 2014
Bands & BBQ 2014 – Carrollton, Kentucky – September 5-6, 2014
Best of the West BBQ Fest – Sheridan, Wyoming – September 5-6, 2014
Ribs Rods & Rock’n Roll – Vermillion, SD – September 5-6, 2014
Bates County Barbeque State Championship – Butler, MO – September 5-6, 2014
Recovery Fest & BBQ Cook-Off – Garden City, KS – September 5-6, 2014
Fall Fun Fest – Cookeville, TN – September 5-6, 2014
Red White & Que BBQ Competition and Music Festival – Cresskill, NJ – September 5-7, 2014
Smoke in the River BBQ Contest & Festival – Quincy, IL – September 5-6, 2014
Jug Tavern Festival & BBQ Cook-Off – Winder, GA – September 12-14, 2014
St. Leon BBQ Smoke Fest & Chilli Cook-Off – St. Leon, IN – September 12-13, 2014
King Turkey Day Smokin’ Gobbler Cook-Off – Worthington, MN – September 12-13, 2014
Boats & Bones – Kimberling City, MO – September 13-14, 2014
Harvard Fall Festival – Harvard, MA – September 13-14, 2014
Murphysboro Barbeque Cook-Off – Murphysboro, IL – September 18-20, 2014
Marshall County Blazin BBQ & Bluegrass – Plymouth, IN – September 19-20, 2014
Taste of Autumn BBQ Championships – Spearfish, SD – September 19-20, 2014
Riverfest 2014 – Decatur, AL – September 19-20, 2014
The Battle of the Brisket State Championships – Mission, KS – September 19-20, 2014
Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally – Salisbury, NC – September 19-20, 2014
Cherokee Strip Cook-Off – Ponca City, OK – September 19-20, 2014
Telluride Barbeque Festival – Telluride, CO - September 20-21, 2014
Oinktoberfest – Clarence, NY – September 19-21, 2014
Butts & Beans BBQ Challenge – Newton, NC – September 26-27, 2014
Porktober Que – Dothan, AL – September 26-27, 2014
Shawnee Great Grillers State Championship BBQ – Shawnee, KS – Sept 26-27
The Burg Fest – Warrensburg, MO – September 26-28, 2014
Ohio Veteran Battle of the Barbeque – Xenia, OH – September 26-27, 2014
AR-SAR-BEN’S Nebraska State Championships Barbeque Contest – Omaha, NE – September 26-27, 2014
The Best Chef Competition – New London, CT – September 28, 2014
OctoberFest KCBS – Earlington, KY – October 3-4, 2014
Great Miller Lite Chilli & BBQ Cook-Off – Conyers, GA – October 3-4, 2014
Jim Beam BBQ Classic – Springfield, KY – October 3-4,2014
Hog Wild BBQ Festival – Corinth, MS – October 2-4, 2014
American Royal World Series of Barbecue – Kansas City, MO – October 2-5, 2014
Keystone International Barbecue Contest – Harrisburg, PA – October 3-4, 2014
Go Hog Wild BBQ State Championship Cook-Off – Sheridan, AR – October 3-4, 2014
River Grill before the Big Chill – Cincinnati, OH - October 10-11, 2014
2014 BBQ Central Illinois – Arthur, IL - October 10-11, 2014
Anchor City Cook Off – Centralia, MO – October 10-11, 2014
Lyons Barbeque & Music Festival – Lyons, GA – October 10-11, 2014
Riverside Blues & BBQ – Greenfield, MA – October 11-12, 2014
Smoke in the Valley BBQ – Pikeville, TN – October 10-11, 2014
Chillin & Grillin – Sand Springs, OK – October 11, 2014
Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-Off – Waxhaw, NC – October 10-11, 2014
Bliss Blues & Cue – Fort Bliss, TX – October 10-11, 2014
Eastern Carolina BBQ ThrowDown – Rocky Mount, NC – October 10-11, 2014
High Point BBQ Battle – Clarksburg, MD – October 10-11, 2014
11th Annual Cookin on the Kaw – De Soto, KS – October 10-11, 2014
Rock’N Ribville – Lawrenceville, GA – October 10-11, 2014
Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook-Off – Munfordville, KY – October 17-18, 2014
Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival – Nelsonville, OH – October 17-18, 2014
Mid-South Barbeque Festival – Mount Pleasant, TN – October 18, 2014
Roast-N-Boast BBQ Cooking Contest – Columbus, MS – October 17-18, 2014
Smoke – N – Thunder BBQ Classic – Rome, GA – October 18-19, 2014
Hillbilly Hog BBQ ThrowDown – Cleveland, GA – October 24-25, 2014
Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival – Great Cacapon, WV – October 24-25, 2014
Smokin the Fort BBQ & Bluegrass Music Festival – Fort Gibson, OK – October 31 to November 1, 2014
Hog Happnin’ BBQ – Shelby, NC – October 31 to November 1, 2014
USA Barbecue Championship – Laughlin, NV – October 31 to November 2, 2014

Still looking for dates:

Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues – Charlotte, NC
Last Year’s Dates: October 26-27, 2012

Blues, Bandits & BBQ – Oak Cliff, TX
Last Year’s Date: October 22, 2012

Kershaw Hog Jam – Kershaw, SC
Last Year’s Dates: October 12-13, 2012

Que-by-the-Sea – Seaside Heights, NJ
Grant BBQ Fest
LA BBQ Festival – Santa Monica, CA

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