The KCBS has just announced exciting news of their Great American BBQ Tour that is planned for this year.
The legendary Kansas based KCBS is quick to mention that of the thousands of barbeque competitions and festivals across the country, a mere 25 are selected for the Kansas City Barbeque Society's Great American BBQ Tour.
This year, the KCBS is proud to announce 11 new stops on the cross-country excursion that has enjoyed growing success as it enters its third year.
Thanks to the KBCS's national partners (KC Masterpiece, Kingsford, Master of Mixes, SCOTT and Weber Seasonings), the Tour will hit venues that will total more than 3 million attendees", which proves that the KCBS's reach is extending year after year to a wider audience.
Many state barbeque championships remain on the tour schedule, as do traditional competitions like the American Royal and Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational.
The new tour stops range from the large (Wisconsin State Fair) to the more intimate (Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off in Murphysboro, Ill.).
A great year lies ahead for those following this BBQ trail!
The official tour stops include:
4/9 - 4/10 Newport Pig Cookin' Contest Newport, N.C.
4/16 - 4/17 Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival Springfield, Mo.
4/23 - 4/24 Stagecoach Music Festival BBQ Championship Indio, Calif.
5/7 - 5/8 Bixby BBQ'N Music Festival Bixby, Okla.
5/13 - 5/15 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Memphis, Tenn.
5/21 - 5/22 Great American Barbecue Festival Kansas City, Kan.
6/11 - 6/12Â South Central Kansas Masters BBQ Championship Wichita, Kan.
6/18 - 6/19 Smokin' on the River Jeffersonville, Ind.
6/26 - 6/27 Safeway Barbecue Battle XVIII Washington, D.C.
7/1 - 7/4 Naperville Exchange Club's RIBFEST Naperville, Ill.
7/9 - 7/10 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship North Wildwood, N.J.
7/16 - 7/17 6th Annual U.P. Hog Wild Kingsford, Mich.
7/23 - 7/25 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest Columbus, Ohio
8/5 - 8/8 Wisconsin State Fair West Allis, Wisc.
8/13 - 8/14 Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival Franklin, N.C.
8/20 - 8/21 Pepsi Wyoming State BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival Worland, Wyo.
8/27 - 8/29 Oregon State Fair Salem, Ore.
9/1 - 9/6 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Sparks, Nev.
9/10 - 9/11 Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge Grand Junction, Colo.
9/17 - 9/18 Oaklawn Park AR Barbecue Championship Hot Springs, Ark.
9/24 - 9/25 Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off Murphysboro, Ill.
10/1 - 10/3 31st Annual American Royal Barbecue Kansas City, Mo.
10/8 - 10/9 Harvest Homecoming's "Hoosier Daddy" New Albany, Ind.
10/15 - 10/16 Cherokee Pignic Canton, Ga.
10/22 - 10/23 Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue Lynchburg, Tenn.