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King of the Smokers December 11-13, La Quinta Resort, CA

King of the smoker is an elite invitational that brings the best in BBQ head-to-head. The very best in BBQ will be invited to compete at this unique competition on December 13th, 2014. The King of the Smoker competition will be located at the beautiful La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, CA and will feature some of the top names in BBQ. 24 big BBQ names will be competing for $50,000 and the title of, “King of the Smoker.”


35th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue October 2-4th, 2015

The American Royal Barbecue is the opening event of the American Royal and the season finale for the competitive circuit. Spreading over 20 acres in Kansas City’s historic Stockyards District, and with nearly 500 teams competing in four meat categories, The Royal is the largest barbecue contest in the world. Combine this with a barbecue-related trade expo, this four-day food festival is truly the "World Series of Barbecue". Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, of Decatur Alabama, will be in attendance and in a heated battle for the coveted Grand Championship.


Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Sat & Sun June 13th-14th 2015

The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q will be in NYC for their 15th Big Apple Barbecue serving up some of their world championship pulled pork sandwiched and spicy mustard coleslaw


Atlanta Food and Wine Festival May 28- 31, 2015

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a weekend like no other that brings together leaders of their craft – barbecue pit masters, award-winning chefs and mixologists, master sommeliers, fry cooks and local growers – in the spirit of celebrating the deep food and beverage traditions of the South.

Southern hospitality knows no limits when the AF&WF Advisory Council, which includes Big Bob Gibson’s own Chris Lilly decide to throw a party. Lilly will host a dinner event loaded with great chefs and more Southern Hospitality! 

Alabama Celebrates Year of Barbecue:

Barbecue has deep roots in Alabama from secret sauces to cooking techniques passed down from generation to generation. Grab you napkins because 2015 marks the “Year of Alabama BBQ” and we’re helping celebrate with a screening of “Q-Alabama’s Barbecue legends,” a film documenting Alabama’s legendary pitmasters including Big Bob Gibson’s own Chris Lilly, followed by some of the state’s best barbecue bites.

Lilly will also teach a learning session on Saturday, May 29 called “Leftover BBQ: What to do the next day” where instruction, recipes, and a barbecue tasting will be enjoyed by attendants.

Kingsford Invitational BBQ Championship May 1, 2015

The annual Kingsford Invitational is a contest that takes the top teams from each of the biggest competitions and pits them against each other in a $50,000 winner-take-all cook off. While the categories are familiar—steak, chicken, pork, and brisket—this comp cuts across different sanctioning bodies of barbecue and territorial divisions, equalizing barbecue and giving the pitmasters the freedom to cook the best meat they can, not to a preconceived standard. It's a thrilling prospect, and one only more enticing given that I had the opportunity to hang out with these teams, talk shop, and taste some of the best competition barbecue out there. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q headlines this amazing field of competitors in the toughest head-to-head barbecue competition in the World.

***UPDATE – Airs on Destination American Monday, May 31st at 9:00pm CST


Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 15-16, 2015

The MIM World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is held each year at Tom Lee Park on the river in downtown Memphis. Hundreds of the best barbecue teams in the World compete for over $110,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q will be there again trying to secure a 5th World Grand Championship at this event and an unprecedented 9th win in the pork category. 

***UPDATE - Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q wins Memphis In May World BBQ Championship for a record 9-times in the Pork Shoulder Category.


National Barbecue Association Convention March 4th-8th, Nashville TN

Take advantage of the exploding industry of barbecue. Then join hundreds of restaurateurs, caterers, competitors, and suppliers at the 2015 National Conference. There is no better way to connect!

Four days of educational workshops, networking, industry expert panels, inspiration and fun that are not to be missed. Chris Lilly and Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe, will host a seminar teaching recipe creation and how to use those recipes for marketing and publication.



Featuring an exclusive menu by Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

Grilled Bacon Stix

Sugar-Rubbed Grilled Bacon BLT’s 
Orange Blossom Honey Coarse-Ground Mustard, Duke’s mayonnaise

Barbecue Chicken Salad 
House-made Pita Chips


Blackberry-Jalapeno St. Louis cut Ribs 
With Pit-fired Mac & Cheese

Barbecue Gumbo 
Beef Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Smoked Turkey

Iron Skillet Blackberry Cobbler


South Beach Wine and Food Festival Q event, February 22, 2015

SOBEWFF’s The Q, our beloved signature celebration of all things grilled, braised and barbecued, has evolved! And there’s only one name who could lead the charge on a revolution this big - chef, restaurateur, author, and Food Network rockstar Guy Fieri! We’ve collaborated with James Beard Award-winning Esquire writer, and Miami native, Josh Ozersky to bring you Meatopia: The Q Revolution at SOBEWFF 2015. Meatopia already has a reputation as the world’s most famous meat festival, where some of the greatest chefs cook every part of the animal over open fires, and we’re thrilled to make it a part of SOBEWFF! Sip on an incredible array of bourbons and enjoy a special musical performance of Blues Traveler live on stage.

During what has been called “a meat-lover’s paradise” by New York Magazine and a “bacchanal of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey, and quail” by The New York Times, chefs celebrate the whole animal with their all-wood-fired custom dishes that are created just for this event. Everything you’ve always loved about The Q remains true – the 30+ notable chefs

***UPDATE - Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q wins Meatopia with his Smoked Lamb Ribs with Rosemary Fig Sauce.

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