The 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 – Tenderness. The 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.
Another 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.
(D) Double Competitions (S) Single Competition