USA BBQ Competitions of April 2017 – Part 1


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Greens Prairie Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off & Craft Fair – April 1st


The sum is greater than these two individual parts at the Greens Prairie Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off & Craft Fair in College Station, Texas. Smokehouse lovers and decorative trinket enthusiasts unite at the annual one-day fundraising fair, which benefits Green Prairie elementary school. Other attractions include live country music and children concerts in addition to children’s games and contests.

Greens Prairie Elementary School|4315 Greens Prairie Tr College Station, TX

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Santa Anita Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship – April 1st


As the largest barbecue competition in California, the Santa Anita Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship is not just another day at the races. This nationally sanctioned event has live music jamming throughout the day as the top pit masters from the western United States compete for cash prizes and state titles. With live cooking demos, arts & craft vendors and a kid’s zone, the whole family can enjoy a day of barbecue celebration at the famed Santa Anita Park race track!

Santa Anita Park|285 W Huntington Dr Arcadia, CA

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Wynwood’s Grillin N Chillin BBQ Fest – April 2nd


If you and your friends always fight over which city makes the best BBQ, take your argument to this Miami-based food fest. Here, you can use your taste buds instead of your fists to determine the sauciest, most delicious BBQ in the land. There are multiple sauce-dripping styles to salivate over and try. Whether or not you come to a consensus, you can still enjoy a high-energy experience where dogs roam freely and beer flows smoothly.

RC Cola Plant|550 NW 24 St Miami, FL

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Tampa Bay Blues Festival – April 7th-9th


For the past decade, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival has attracted some of the best blues musicians and bands to its stages. Taking place in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on the shores of Tampa Bay, the festival is one of the finest blues events one can experience. In addition to great live blues, attendees can enjoy tasty seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and other culinary treats one can only find in Florida. Past blues artists that have performed at the festival include Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Los Lobos, George Thorogood and many others.

Vinoy Park|701 Bayshore Dr NE Saint Petersburg, FL

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ArkLaTex Ambassadors Grillin’ for Grads BBQ Cook-off – April 7th-8th


Ark-La-Tex high school seniors can get a head start on the Freshman 15 at this mouth-watering BBQ Cook-off. All jokes aside, families and friends can enjoy a fun-filled weekend of live music, finger-licking Louisiana BBQ and awkward high school memories. All proceeds benefit a college scholarship essay competition that could give some lucky graduate a little less debt to worry about.

Festival Plaza|101 Crockett St Shreveport, LA

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Sand Springs Chillin’ and Grillin’ BBQ Festival – April 7th-8th


Hot off the grill in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, is an annual BBQ festival that earns every drop of saliva it gets. The festival’s flavor profile is made up of smoky meats drenched in sauce, a hoppy beer garden and great live music you can jam to. A fierce grilling competition will rely on your seasoned taste buds to determine the most savory BBQ in the area.

Platinum Air Airport|101 John Hess Dr Sand Springs, OK

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Philadelphia Ham Jam Arts Festival – April 7th-8th


A festival with a fun name to say, the Philadelphia Ham Jam Arts Festival is held in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and a major part of this event involves cookin’ up some barbecue. In fact, there’s a large BBQ contest at this festival, which also brings live music and a Hog Wild Run/Walk to the streets of southern Philly. This is a spring festival on the Main Street of the town that happens over a couple days, a format is has followed since its inception in the early 2000s. This is part of the town’s efforts to revitalize their downtown area and is the largest promotional event in the area, with over 15,000 people taking part in its busiest years and proceeds going to the community.

Downtown Philadelphia around Beacon Street and Range Avenue|256 W Beacon St Philadelphia, MS

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Houston Barbecue Festival – April 9th


The Houston Barbecue festival is a fairly new festival that has quickly garnered a large number of visitors because of the delicious BBQ offerings from only the best Houston BBQ joints and pitmasters. Aiming to recognize and celebrate Southern tastes, this event features great local music and ample amounts of great food, so come hungry! A portion of ticket proceeds goes toward supporting people with disabilities.

NRG Park|1 NRG Park Houston, TX

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Salt & Smoke Festival – April 9th


Today’s the day your blood runs with southern spirit at the Salt & Smoke Festival. You don’t need a thick accent or a desire to go mudding, just your taste buds a fire in the belly. Open wide and you’ll devour true, hog-heaven BBQ, raw oysters and a refreshingly cold beer that sweats like a Yankee in the South. All of that finger-licking goodness goes best with the sensational live music to round out your southern experience.

Tin Roof Brewing Co.|1624 Wyoming St Baton Rouge, LA

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