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Big BBQ Bash benefits Helen Ross McNabb Center

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The 2016 Big BBQ Bash is set for June 24 and 25 at Founder’s Square in historic downtown Maryville, TN located at the scenic foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The event is a professional barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. The professional barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event which brings teams from all over the Southeast.

Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctions barbecue and grilling competitions across the U.S. and offers an extensive Certified Barbecue Judging Program. Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed the 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.


Friday, June 24
9:00 a.m. Team Check-In Begins
4:00 p.m. Team Cook Meeting
7:00 p.m. Wampler’s Category Turn-in
7:30 p.m. Dessert Category Turn-In

Saturday, June 25
9:30 a.m. Judges Registration
11:00 a.m. Judges Meeting
12:00 p.m. Chicken Category Turn-In
12:30 p.m. Ribs Category Turn-In
1:00 p.m. Pork Category Turn-In
1:30 p.m. Brisket Category Turn-in
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Competing BBQ teams have the choice to charge a fee per plate to the public on Saturday giving attendees the chance to taste some of the best barbecue in the South. Since its inception in 2007, the Big BBQ Bash has raised nearly $125,000 for charitable causes in Blount County. All proceeds from the 2016 Big BBQ Bash will benefit mental health, addiction treatment and social services provided by the Helen Ross McNabb Center. The Big BBQ Bash is in conjunction with Maryville’s Summer on Broadway. For more information regarding Summer on Broadway, visit

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. The Center celebrates providing services to communities in East Tennessee for nearly 70 years.

Published June 20, 2016

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