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Smoke up or Shut Up at 2014 Big BBQ Bash June 27-28

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The Zombie Aporkalypse BBQ team at 2013 BBQ Bash.
Image by Helen Ross McNabb Center.

MARYVILLE, TN — The 2014 Big BBQ Bash is set for June 27-28 at Founder’s Square in historic downtown Maryville, located at the scenic foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The event is an amateur barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center, created by the Leadership Blount Class of 2007.

This year the Big BBQ Bash is a Kansas City Barbecue 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.

Teams are invited to “smoke up or shut up” by cooking their best plates of barbecue at the 2014 Big BBQ Bash. Categories include pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken, “anything butt,” and a special Wampler’s Farm Sausage category. Prize money totaling $7,000 will be awarded including a trophy and, of course, bragging rights for the top three teams in each category. The 2013 grand champion team, aptly named Ash Kickers, took home last year's grand prize and won several categories.

Governor Bill Haslam has 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. The 2014 competition will also be the third leg of The Triple Crown, a series of barbecue competitions in Knoxville, Sevierville and Maryville.

To register a barbecue team or for sponsorship and vendor information, please visit the official event website, For more information, contact Kim Mitchell at (865) 329-9120 or

The Big BBQ Bash has raised nearly $125,000 in seven years for charitable causes in Blount County. All proceeds from the 2014 Big BBQ Bash will benefit mental health, addiction treatment and social services provided by the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Blount County.

Published June 11, 2014

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