BBQ Champs

This coming long August weekend, BBQ Chefs from across North America will battle for top spot in the 11th Annual National BBQ Championships.

BBQ Champs

The Bull’s-Eye Canadian National BBQ Championships will return to Whistler, adding a little extra sizzle to the August long weekend. From August 3 to 5, BBQ chefs from all over North America will compete for the honour of “Canadian Champion.”

Up for grabs is $5,000 in cash and prizes, and an invitation to both the World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Tennessee and the World Barbecue Championships in Las Vegas. For spectators at this year’s competition (being held at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in Creekside), there are plenty of things to both experience and taste.
“The BBQ Championships is a must experience event for meat lovers,” according to Joshua Kearns, Dusty’s Bar & BBQ Manager, Whistler Blackcomb. “With great music, a mechanical bull riding activity, and mouthwatering food and drink, it’s a great way to spend the BC Day long weekend.”

BBQ Champs
Added this year is the chance to purchase one dollar tokens on Saturday and Sunday, to partake in activities such as the mechanical bull ride or a BBQ food sampler (while quantities last). There will also be hourly prize draws.
Friday, August 3: Festivities Kick-Off
4 pm – BBQ Judging Class/Course taught by Pacific Northwest BBQ Association judges
9 pm – Whole Lotta Led, a Led Zeppelin tribute band/Dusty’s; tickets $10 at the door
Saturday, August 4: Local’s BBQ Day
Noon to 5 pm – Entertainment by local rock band Ruckus Deluxe. Amateur BBQ aficionados compete for a chance to win over $2,000 in cash and prizes, split among the winners of the days’ events.
1 pm – Backyard BBQ Burger Competition presented by Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce; winning burger earns the honour of being featured on Dusty’s Bar & BBQ menu for a year
2 pm – C.A.S.I. International Chili Championships
3 pm – Budweiser King of the Grill competition; contestants must submit their best grilled or smoked item cooked on site to the judges. As well, each dish must consist of either a meat or vegetable, or a combination of the two. Registration for the King of the Grill, Chili Championships, and Burger Competition is open to the public and may be done online.
7 pm – Whole Hog BBQ Dinner. In addition to pork, dinner will include baked beans, tossed greens, and Dusty’s famous buns and butt rub mayo. Tickets are $20 and available on site.
9 pm – Music from The Matinée. Dusty’s; tickets $10 at the door
Sunday, August 5: The Main Event 
Professional BBQ chefs will battle it out for the title of “Canadian Champion” in five categories:
11 am – Pork Butt judging
11:30 am – Ravenswood Cork & Pork judging
Noon – Beef Brisket judging
1 pm – Chicken judging
2 pm – Ribs judging
4:30 pm – Awards Ceremony; Pacific Northwest BBQ Association (PNWBA) judges will score all entries on 25% appearance, 25% texture/tenderness, and 50% taste.
9 pm – Darren Lee and the Memphis Flash – A Tribute to Elvis: Dusty’s; tickets $10 at the door

For more information on the Bull’s-Eye Canadian National BBQ Championships, please visit the event page.

All photos by Rich Glass.

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