Supporting the Helen Ross McNabb Center since 1972

2021 Big BBQ Bash

When: Friday, June 25, 2021 (All day) - Saturday, June 26, 2021 (All day)

Where: Founder's Square on Broadway (Maryville, TN)

Big BBQ Bash Judges Application

  • KCBS Certification

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Judging History

    Please include date and name of competition.
  • Military Services

    The Big BBQ Bash benefits the McNabb Center’s Military Services. The Center’s focus of “Well Mind, Well Being” led the organization to create specialized services for military personnel and their loved ones. These services are confidential and free for individuals facing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, thoughts of suicide and other invisible wounds incurred from service. Please consider a gift of support in honor of those who have bravely served our country.
  • Enter your donation amount in whole dollar amounts. ($25=25)
  • $0.00
  • American Express
  • Event Questions

    Lindsay Hughes at (865) 329-9031 or

2021 BBQ Bash Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2021 Big BBQ Bash! Please fill out the below interest form and we will reach out when volunteer shifts are posted.

Join us on June 25, 2021 and June 26, 2021 at next year’s Big BBQ Bash!

For more information, please contact Lindsay Hughes at

Categories include: Wampler’s Sausage, Bush’s Best Beans, pork, chicken, ribs and beef brisket.
Cash and prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded!

The Big BBQ Bash is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. KCBS sanctions barbecue and grilling competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbecue as America’s cuisine. In addition, KCBS has an extensive Certified Barbecue Judging program.  It is the largest society of barbecue enthusiasts in the world.

Former Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed the Blount County Big BBQ Bash as a state championship, making the competition a qualifier for the American Royal Barbecue Cook-Off and Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

Since its inception in 2007, the Big BBQ Bash has raised more than $150,000 for charitable causes in Blount County. All proceeds from the 2021 Big BBQ Bash will benefit the McNabb Center’s Military Services in Blount County.

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The event is a part of Maryville’s Summer on Broadway festival.

Summer on Broadway

Admission is free to the public on Friday and Saturday!

Competing BBQ teams may charge a fee per plate to the public on Friday and Saturday; giving attendees the chance to taste some of the best barbecue in the south.