Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the inaugural 'Barber-Que Alabama BBQ Championship' will take place at Barber Motorsports Park, May 15-17.

On Saturday, May 16, championship teams from across the country will be preparing for a day of competition at Barber Motorsports Park. When the engines get revving and charcoal starts burning, barbeque enthusiasts will be preparing to see who’s barbeque is voted the “best of the best” by the judges and spectators. Teams of the Barber-Que “Alabama BBQ Championship” will be competing for a prize purse of $10,000.

George Dennis, president of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of the Barber Motorsports Park said,

A sanctioned barbeque championship is something that I’ve wanted to bring to Birmingham for a long time. We are proud to offer unique off-track activities, alongside the on-track racing that will be taking place.

Saturday’s competition will include grilling demonstrations, free samplings, live entertainment, world champion barbeque vendors, a car parts swap meet, car corral, and much more. The event is located near the car corral and swap meet area and barbeque tastings will take place from 2 pm-4 pm, with the competition lasting most of the day. The Barber-Que Championship is free of charge to all spectators with a valid Barber Historics ticket.

Ron Cates, President & CEO of Smoke on the Water Productions said,

We are thrilled to bring the First Annual Barber-Que to Birmingham. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to continuing the Barber-Que at Barber Motorsports Park for many years to come.

Here is a schedule of events for the 'Barber-Que Alabama BBQ Championship.'

  • 1 pm - 30 minute Pork Grilling Demonstration with free sampling
  • 3 pm - 30 minute Brisket Grilling Demonstration with free sampling
  • 12 - 2 pm - Turn in times and live judging will take place 
  • 2 pm  - Public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite and give out the People's Choice Award

For tickets and additional information click here.