The 7th Annual Downtown BBQ Showdown, presented by The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, along with Brown Bottling Group- Pepsi will take place on Saturday, August 18, at Town Square Park in Hattiesburg. Participating BBQ Teams will set up on Friday, August 17, with the public event on Friday from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. continuing until Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday night will feature live music by the Mann Brothers, numerous food vendors, and beer booths. Saturday’s lineup includes entertainment by Folk Soul, both food and beer vendors, along with some seriously competitive BBQ cooking.
The BBQ Showdown is the only competition in the Hattiesburg area sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS), whose mission is to recognize barbeque as America's Cuisine and to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form. This high-stakes cooking competition draws BBQ teams from across the Southeast to participate. These teams compete on a professional level for prize money and points that go towards their KCBS standing towards the National Championship. It’s a professional cooking competition being ranked by professional BBQ judges.
The competition judges best beef brisket, pork shoulder/butt, chicken, and pork ribs. Cash and prizes are awarded to the Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, and for 3rd Overall. Prizes will also be provided for 1st through 5th place in each meat division.