Best BBQ Festivals and Competitions

When we think of barbecue, beer, bourbon and even blues come to mind. Here are some of our favorite BBQ festivals and competitions that deliver on all of the above.

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Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene’s Sausage is a European market that specializes in 40 different varieties of smoked meats and sausages. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

These legendary links spend 40 minutes in the oven before they’re dropped into a red sauce made with fresh tomatoes, fennel seed and a secret mix of spices known only to the restaurant’s chef-owner Francesco Buffa. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn is home to one of the oldest, most venerable sausage specialists in the country -- Ferdinando’s Focacceria. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Many customers stop by the Southside butcher counter to take home some of the finest sausage that Texas has to offer. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Elgin, TX, is known for just one thing -- sausage. Elgin sausage is so sensational that it’s sold all over America, but the best is still served at the oldest barbecue joint in the Lone Star State: Southside Market. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Sweet peppers and onions are a welcome topping to an already succulent Wurstkuche sausage. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche restaurant custom-designs 20 sausages, including classics such as Bockwurst, Hot Italian and even Vegetarian varieties. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The Polish Village cooks its succulent sausage in beer sauce. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The cooks at the Polish Village come straight from Poland or learned their craft from someone who did. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Like everything else on chef Robert Stehling’s menu, the star of this party is prepared from scratch, using only fresh, locally farmed ingredients. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill opened in 1996 as a Southern neighborhood restaurant in a great Southern neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

The bangers at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR, offer a trip to England without the passport. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

For those who prefer their pig in a blanket, the Horse Brass also serves up a banger sausage roll. 960 1280

  

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

The sausage that owner Hans Weissgerber serves up is much the same as what’s been served in Germany for over 500 years. 960 1280

  

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Succulent smoked Texas brisket is fall-apart tender. 960 1280

  

A side of creamy potato salad balances out the tangy pulled-pork sandwich. 960 1280

  

Chicken breasts are slathered with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. 960 1280

  

It's a major meat fest with barbecue pork ribs served alongside sausage and coleslaw. 960 1280

  

Grilled brats and sausages are staples at any Texas barbecue. 960 1280

  

Wash down all of the smoky goodness with a tall glass of sweet tea. 960 1280

  

The final ingredient for any successful barbecue feast: a table filled with friends. 960 1280

  

ribs in spencer, nc

ribs in spencer, nc

Host Chuey Martinez smothers chef Jack Moore's ribs in Blowin' Smoke BBQ Sauce in Spencer, NC. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

Chuey Martinez loves the rib sandwich at JMueller BBQ in Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

At JMueller BBQ in Austin, TX, restaurant owner John Mueller explains different cuts of ribs to host Chuey Martinez. 960 1280

  

BBQ ribs

BBQ ribs

BBQ master Jay Vantuyl shows off his ribs to the All You Can Meat crew. 960 1280

  

Western-style smoker

Western-style smoker

Host Chuey Martinez checks out BBQ expert Tommy Dippel’s Western-style smoker on his ranch near Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Austin, TX, is a quirky city full of unique eateries. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

Chuey builds himself a rib sandwich at JMueller BBQ. 960 1280

  

Freshly-barbecued ribs

Freshly-barbecued ribs

Chuey savors the wonderful aroma of freshly-barbecued ribs. 960 1280

  

Rock Store Bar-B-Q

Rock Store Bar-B-Q

People come from all over North Carolina to try Bubba Chavis' smoked ribs at the historic Rock Store Bar-B-Q. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

John Mueller and Chuey Martinez add some wood to the smoker's fire at JMueller BBQ in Austin, TX. 960 1280