October 29-30, 2016

Rome, Georgia
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BBQ Classic Competition


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TSmokeThunderBBQhe 2016 Smoke-n-Thunder Barbecue Classic presented by Southern Q Smokers-Trailers is an official Kansas City Barbeque Society (KSBS) sanctioned Double event —  the largest society of barbecue enthusiasts in the world.  The competitions are also an official double Georgia BBQ Championship (GBC) contests.  The 2015 BBQ Classic competition broke new ground with record teams conducting North Georgia’s first “DOUBLE COMPETITION.”  It ended with as an all female Pitmaster event as they were named Grand Champions (Events #1 & #2) resulting in the inaugural Double Grand Champion  crowned — Ms Tina Cannon, The Pit Crew GA!

The 2016 BBQ Classic competition will again feature a Professional Division “DOUBLE” competition scheduled back-to-back with the (Friday-Saturday) & (Saturday-Sunday) competition profile.  Professional Division single entries will only be accepted for the Sat-Sun Competition #2, along with the Back-Yard Division competition entires returning with the Saturday-Sunday only competition profile.  These three competitions provides the perfect interface platforms for the air show fans, sponsors, media and competition teams giving attendees an appreciation as to what Professional BBQ Competition is all about!

The BBQ Classic “Double” provides a cash purse and awards package exceeding $25,000.  In addition to the two Saturday & Sunday Professional Division Grand & Reserve Champion honors, there will be an overall DOUBLE GRAND CHAMPION” crowned on Sunday afternoon from the combined two-day points results with the champion taking home the big check & trophy.

The KCBS judges are looking for three things: Taste – Appearance – TendernessThe BBQ Classic competition team applications and KCBS certified judging applications are available below for download.  You can also follow all the action at our Smoke-n-Thunder Facebook page!

Going into our 5th year of competition, we are expecting more than 80 professional and back-yard division barbecue competitors from throughout the Southeast to gather at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport this October 29-30 during the 5th annual Wings Over North Georgia air show and BBQ Classic competition weekend.

P&P BBQAnother key announcement, we’ll be continuing the extended Saturday evening show hours from 4-30-9:00 pm for the fans to enjoy the BBQ Classic, Music, International Foods and Beverages.  The Saturday evening activities will be headlined by county music artist “Travis Tritt” in concert concluding with the Fireworks Grand Finale.

After an overwhelming success in 2015, we’re convinced the 2016 Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic “DOUBLE” is sure to stir up everyone’s appetites and provide that suspenseful competition and entertainment for all the fans and competitors alike. 

BBQ Classic Contact Information

  • Scott Smith, BBQ Classic Director (770) 547-0110


  • Julie Cook, BBQ Classic Judge Coordinator (404) 202-7881


  • Air Show Office (706) 291-0030


2016 BBQ Classic Applications




2016 BBQ Classic Competition Teams

Professional Division (Fri-Sat Comp #1) and (Sat-Sun Comp #2)

(D) Double Competitions  (S) Single Competition

  1. The Pit Crew GA — Tina Cannon, Pitmaster; Newnan, GA (D)
  2. Stewbaby’s BBQ — Chad Stewart, Pitmaster;  Rome, GA (D)
  3. Saucy Swine & Bovine, Phil Manzi, Pitmaster; Sugar Hill, GA (S)
  4. Smokin Chuck’s Wagon, Chuck McKay, Pitmaster; Ashville, AL (D)
  5. Bob Roberts BBQ — Bob Wiygul, Pitmaster; Columbus, MS (S)
  6. Harlan Co. Coal Burners — Jeremy Brock, Pitmaster; Evarts, KY (D)
  7. Willingham’s Village Porkers — Paul Holden, Pitmaster; Powder Springs, GA (D)
  8. Roast Beast BBQ — Jonathan Calhoun, Pitmaster; Sandy Springs, GA (D)
  9. Suppertime — Gowan Fenley, Pitmaster; Cartersville, GA (D)

Back-Yard Division (Sat-Sun Comp)

  1. Baldy’s Butts — Calvin (Dale) Broom, Pitmaster; Cartersville, Georgia 
  2. The Fat Guyz — Robert Holt, Pitmaster; Adairsville, Georgia
  3. Greene Butts & Hams — James Grrene, Pitmaster; Carrollton, GA
  4. When Pigs Fly — Lyle Rayworth, Pitmaster, Carrollton, GA
  5. East Coast BBQ — Joe LaPlante, Pitmaster, Acworth, GA
  6. Wade’s — Jon Wade, Pitmaster, Rome, GA
  7. Bite Me — Stan Kaminski, Pitmaster, Gainesville, GA
  8. Bunch of Butts, Jacob Bunch, Pitmaster, Adairsville, GA
  9. Smokin Double Barrels, Todd Carmichael, Pitmaster, Atlanta,  GA

2015 Double Results

Click Here for the 2015 SNT BBQ Classic KCBS Comp #1 Results

Click Here for the 2015 SNT BBQ Classic KCBS Comp #2 Results

SNT BBQ Classic Grand ChampionsSNT BBQ BY Champion

2014 Results

Click Here for the 2014 SNT BBQ Classic KCBS Results

Grand Champion of the 2014 Smoke N Thunder BBQ Classic Checkered Pig (Pictured l to r Mitchell Bedwell and Tommy Houston) (2)2014 WONG Aerial

2013 Results

Click Here for the 2013 SNT BBQ Classic KCBS Results

2013 SNT BBQ grand Champion 2013 WONG Air Show Pic

2012 Results

Click Here for the 2012 SNT BBQ Classic KCBS Results

2012 Smoke n Thunder Barbeque Classic Winners Show_Layout_2579