Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Big BBQ Bash

When: June 2023

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

The 2022 Big BBQ Bash raised more than $65,000 for the

McNabb Center’s Military Services program. 


Click here to view the 2022 Big BBQ Bash scores!
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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.


To sponsor, participate as a team, judge or volunteer at the event, fill out the form below.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Hughes 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 2022 Big BBQ Bash will benefit the McNabb Center’s Military Services in Blount County.

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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. If you’d like to learn more details about volunteering at Big BBQ Bash, click here for shift descriptions.


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.


2022 Big BBQ Bash Volunteers

Sign up below to volunteer at the Big BBQ Bash!
  • T-shirts are unisex sizing. The sizes listed are all we have available.
  • There are no options available for this field.

    This shift is NOT for judging assistance. This shift is for set-up only.
    These shifts are not for judging assistance. If you are interested in judging assistance, please email
  • There are no options available for this field.

    The judging assistance shifts are currently full. If you are interested in judging assistance, please email
  • Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.