Five Finger-Lickin’-Good Festivals to Put on Your Calendar

Fill your belly and have some fun at these regional barbecue competition events.

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Lots of backyard barbecue pitmasters take their game to the next level by entering competitions. If you’re a fan, add these events to your summer fun.


Kosher BBQ Cook-Off & Festival

July 14 | 3201 E. Galbraith Rd., Amberley Village
Bring the family and be your own judge at this certified-Kosher, 18-team cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

July 27 | 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton
The name says it all. Chill out with live blues while sampling your way through local barbecue, washing it all down with the latest craft beers in one-of-a-kind Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

Holy Smokes BBQ KCBS Competition

August 2 & 3 | 810 Neeb Rd., Delhi Township
What started as a fund-raising idea for Our Lady of Victory parish has grown into a 32-team team Kansas City Barbecue Society–sanctioned competition that brings the west side together to fire up the smokers.

Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues Festival

August 16 & 17 | 106 W. Vaughn Dr., Madison
Take your appetite on the road for this popular Kansas City Barbecue Society 60-team competition and blues festival along southeast Indiana’s picturesque riverfront. Trust us, it’s worth the drive.

Kentucky State BBQ Fest

September 6–8 | 4095 Lebanon Rd., Danville
Head down south as celebrity and local pitmasters cook more than 18,000 pounds of barbecue and blues bands jam all weekend long to raise money for charity.

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