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"Smoke in the Outfield" is a new Premiere Barbecue Festival heading to North Alabama at Toyota Field! Two days of festivities include live music, entertainment and activities like mechanical bull rides, yard games, face painters & balloon artists, food and drink specialties, and capped off by over 50 teams competing in a three part barbecue cook off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Competitors will be judged on best barbecued Chicken, Ribs and Pork and the People's Choice Awards, and compete for a Grand Prize of $1,500!


Opening Night Party | Friday August 4th | 5:30pm - 9pm

Cook Off | Saturday August 5th | Noon - 5pm


Tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday, March 1st at 10am (local time)

Adults - $15.00 (2-Day Pass)

Kids 12 & Under - $12.00 (2-Day Pass)

Children 2 & Under - Free

Saturday Sampling Ticket - $40.00 per person [One (1) Drink Ticket (Beer or Fountain Soda) & Access to People's Choice BBQ Competition. Sample 2 oz. portions of People's Choice Submissions and vote on Winner]

VIP Tickets - $45 person (Includes Saturday Sampling Ticket & Friday Opening Night Ticket)

BBQ Team Registration

"Backyard" Barbecue Team Registrations are open now (below)

Teams will compete in three categories: Chicken, Ribs, and Pork. Teams must provide and pass an inspection of their protein prior to the competition by a certified KCBS representative. The Top 3 finishers in each contest will be awarded. A cash Grand Prize and a First Prize will awarded to the top two overall finishers. Teams may also compete in the People's Choice contest for which a Boston Butt pork cut will be provided and winners will be awarded based on voting from festival attendees. Upon registration, teams will receive the official competition guide from the Kansas City Barbecue Society. With any additional questions please e-mail [email protected] or call 256-325-1403 during regular business hours.