Want to be a certified FBA (barbecue) judge?

One of the most frequent comments we get here at the Tri-State BBQ festival is, “How in the world do you get to be a certified barbecue judge?” And the answer is fairly easy… you take a class, and then you practice and eventually judge a couple of contests to gain experience. Before long, you’re a professional barbecue judge!

Though there’s no classes coming up in Dothan, there is one in Panama City in November (11/20/15). Class space is very limited (lots and lots of folks want to learn about judging, and many cooks take the class to learn how to cook better barbecue and to learn what the judges are looking for) so if you think you want to do this, I’d suggest signing up NOW. It’s only $40 to get your judges certification in the Florida Barbecue Association, and with that certification you can apply to judge the Tri-State BBQ Fest next year, if you like! (Applications for judges are accepted on a first in-basis, and we will be accepting judges applications around 12.31.15 or so. )

Interested? Click on over to http://floridabbqassociation.org/judge-seminar/ 



Sweet Tea- Gary Williams

Gizzard Contest- Wink Yelverton

People’s Choice – Entry #15- Wink Yelverton



Contest: Tri-State Barbecue Festival – Backyard Date: 04/11/2015 Registered Teams: 12 Grand Champion: 2 Live Q – 746.56667 Reserve Grand Champion: Q-Lish-Us – 741.96667

Professional (full results here- http://floridabbqassociation.org/contest-results/?cid=20151052 )


Contest: Tri-State Barbecue Festival Date: 04/11/2015 Registered Read More

Thank you.

Thank you for your support of our festival, whether it was attending, following us online, praying for good weather, being a contestant, vendor or sponsor. We appreciate you more than you know! Next year we hope to do it again. (We also have PorktoberQue September 25-26 at the Farm Center. Part Oktoberfest, Part Barbecue, all Read More

What’s going on today at the BBQ Festival

Tickets can be purchased today at the gate for $10 each, children 6 and under are free. Saturday hour by hour schedule: (details can be found by clicking the links above)

9:00 Judges Check in

9:00 Kids Cook Meeting

9:30 Judges meeting

10:00- Gates Open to the general public

10-2 Car Show

10:00 –Karen Searcy Read More

What’s happening tonight at the BBQ Festival?

All kinds of great stuff!!! Here’s the schedule of events, cooking classes and entreatment schedule that are all included in your $10 admission ticket. Tickets sold at the gate from 4:45-9pm

4:45 Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting (main Gate)

5:00 Entertainment starts on the main stage

6:00 Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show (to the right Read More