Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

Big BBQ Bash

When: TBD

Where: Founder's Square, 2003 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804

**We have closed Team and Judge Registration for this year**

About Big BBQ Bash

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. 

Cash and prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded!
Categories include Pork, Chicken, Ribs and Beef Brisket.

2023 BBQ Bash Teams

Bad Rooster BBQBlue Smoke BBQ
Under the RadarRiver Road Grillbillies
Swig-N-PigMudville BBQ
Hold your Horses BBQGlamping Grillers
Taste of Grace BBQBBQ865
Chairman of the BoarA&R Q
Can Country OutlawSmokin Skullies
Big Alz BBQSmoke Central BBQ
Third Swines CharmPappy & Roley’s Appalachain Q
One Eyed Pig BBQFred Vegas Smokers
Bunny’s BBQDenso
Tennessee Smoke Showin’Praise the Lord BBQ
Firehouse Smokers TNJanky Leg BBQ
Jacks Old SouthSmokin Ghost BBQ
Willingham’sPig N Whiskey
rooters n tootersK-Town Daddys BBQ
Hoggy Bottom Boys

 Vendor Agreement FormKCBS RulesThe Big BBQ Bash Payout 2023 

To sponsor or volunteer at the event, fill out the form below.


For more information, please contact Faith Rodgers at

History of Big BBQ Bash

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 2023 Big BBQ Bash will benefit the McNabb Center’s Military Services in Blount County.

Volunteer at Big BBQ Bash

It takes an awesome group of volunteers to ensure a successful event. We’d love to have you join us! Fill out the volunteer form below to sign up.

What to expect as a BBQ Bash Volunteer

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

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

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.