Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

Big BBQ Bash

When: June 21-22, 2024

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

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.

 Vendor Agreement FormKCBS RulesThe Big BBQ Bash Payout 2024

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


For more information, please contact Pamela Coleman 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.

Big BBQ Bash Judges Application

  • KCBS Certification

  • Please submit the date you were certified
  • 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)
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  • American Express
    Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Event Questions

    Pamela Coleman