San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
2016 SMITHFIELD KING OF THE SMOKER BBQ INVITATIONAL: 24 of World’s Top BBQ Pit Masters Come to Rancho Mirage, CA to Compete Head-to-Head for $75,000.
Presented by: Smithfield Foods & Big Poppa Smokers
If you have ever wanted to "talk BBQ" with pitmaster legends such as Myron Mixon, Johnny Trigg, Tuffy Stone, or Chris Lilly - the King of the Smoker Invitational is the event for you!
Join us for a day filled with BBQ, fun, fierce competition, raffles for prizes, and BBQ classes: All while raising funds for two very worthy charities! This event is for everyone, from BBQ die-hards to BBQ beginners, or just for those who want to eat some good BBQ for a good cause. Backyard BBQ aficionados will love it, and tickets make a great early Christmas gift!
This is a non-profit event - come out and eat BBQ = raise money for charity. It's a win-win for everybody! 100% of proceeds benefit the Casey Lee Ball Foundation for Pediatric Kidney Disease and Operation BBQ Relief.
Want to improve your backyard BBQ skills? Impress your friends & family? Find out what products the pros are using? The Smithfield King of the Smoker event is the place to get juicy tips & tricks to take your barbecue to the next level. This event is a must-see for backyard barbecue enthusiasts, pit masters in training, and veteran home chefs who are interested in the newest trends and techniques in outdoor cooking.
Mini BBQ classes and cooking demos will be presented throughout the afternoon by the competitors - who also happen to be the top BBQ teams in the nation. Most of these championship teams never host classes or share their cooking tips with the public; this is something that only happens at King of the Smoker... so come ready with a pen and paper.
Classes and demos will cover everything from, "BBQ Rib Q&A" to "Brisket Tips & Tricks" to "Grilled Boneless Pork Chops" and more. Whatever classes you decide to attend - know that you'll be learning from the very best in grilling & smoking!
Featured celebrity pit-masters are Myron Mixon of Jack's Old South/BBQ Pitmasters fame, Darren Warth of Iowa's Smokey D's - 2016 American Royal Champion, Johnny Trigg of Smokin' Triggers aka "The Godfather of BBQ", Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson's BBQ, Tuffy Stone of BBQ Pitmasters fame, and more!
Ticket-holders are allowed access to the competition grounds after 1:00PM. Starting immediately after, select teams will be hosting mini BBQ classes to attendees (samples are limited in availability, so get here early).
Entry for adults is $10 - children 13 years of age and younger are free, while plates of BBQ food will be available for $12 each (2 meats and 2 sides). Full cash bars will be on site for those who are 21 years of age and over.
*This is an invitational competiton, all team/competitor spots and judging are closed.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The Westin Mission Hills Resort has ample parking to the West of the entrance and valet options.
Are kids free?
Yes, children ages 13 and under have free admission to the event.
When & Where
Big Poppa Smokers
Big Poppa Smokers was founded in 2009 and has become one of the leading Internet retailers for BBQ Grills, Smokers, Rubs, Sauces, & Accessories. Big Poppa Smokers is THE one stop shop for anyone interested in BBQ, featuring a comprehensive selection of all American Made Grills, spices, sauces, accessories, Wagyu beef, and even a kit that gives you everything you need to make a world-class smoker out of a 55 gallon drum. The Big Poppa Smokers BBQ Team were also the Grand Champions of the 2012 American Royal Invitational, and were featured on the second season of TLC's BBQ Pitmasters. From the BPS Elite Charity Program to being used on menu items for BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Big Poppa Smokers is so much more than just an online BBQ store!