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Congratulations to the six BBQ Challenge regional winners!
Summer Competition Schedule
K. De Feo - Greeley, CO (ANG)
Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge, Aug 15-16, Conifer, CO
B. May - Travis AFB
Wine Country Big Q, July 12, Rohnert Park, CA
J. Shama - Whiteman AFB
Racing For The BBQ, July 25-25, Lee’s Summit, MO
Q. Garner - Scott AFB
Smoke Out In The Valley, June 21-22, Buckner, MO
T. Houghton - Robins AFB (ANG)
Atlanta Bar-B-Que Festival, Aug 15-16, Atlanta, GA
W. Lowery - Pentagon
Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle, June 21-22, Washington, D.C.



The Air Force High Flyin' BBQ challenge was developed to improve morale and foster local community involvement for our Airmen. It's your chance to prove that your BBQ is the BEST in the Air Force!










The Challenge is open to all CONUS militaryID holders (Active duty, National Guard and Reserve) including sister service members at AF-led joint bases.

All competitors will provide their own transportation, equipment and supplies (including meat) for local qualifying competitions, as well as follow all rules established by the event’s sanctioning body.





Tell us why your BBQ is the BEST in the Air Force!  If you can make our taste buds anxious just reading about it, you could be selected to be a Contender in your region!  (CONUS bases will be divided into 3 regions as outlined below)


Written Essay Option:

  • Submit an original essay in 500 words or less describing why you believe your barbecue skills are the best in the Air Force. 

  • Essays must be in Arial, 12 point font, double-spaced.  Send your essay via email to 

  • Include a photo of your product which captures the style and presentation of your BBQ skills.
    (Please do not submit photo of yourself or your BBQ equipment; the intent is to showcase your BBQ product only). 

  • Include your name, base and email address on the submission.

Video Option:

  • Video submissions do not carry more weight than written essays

  • Submit a YouTube video for consideration

  • Must be 120 seconds or less

  • Include your full name and name of your installation

  • Describe why you believe your barbeque skills are the best in the Air Force

  • Once you've uploaded your video to YouTube, in accordance with their rules and requirements, send the link to              

  • Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. CST on 20 Jan 2014 and all entries must be submitted NLT 11:50 P.M. CST on 18 April 2014.

  • All submissions become the property of AFPC/SVI.  By submitting your entry, you agree to the use of images for the purpose of promoting the AF High Flyin’ BBQ Challenge. (Entries will not be returned)

  • Winners (Contenders) will be announced NLT: 25 April 2014  

  • All members who submit an essay will receive a special Air Force High Flyin’ BBQ Challenge prize.

Judging Criteria:

  • Knowledge of BBQ (30 points) - Provide an overview of your experience in BBQ and how your technique produces the best taste, flavor and appeal.
  • Creativity (35 points) - Explain why your BBQ is different from others; what makes it stand alone and why should your recipe and product compete at higher levels.
  • Clarity of ideas (35 points) - Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format.  Express your ideas in 500 words or less. Leave the judges with a clear understanding of why your barbecue is the best and why you should advance.  Judging includes correct usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling.





The top two (2) essay writers from each region (map above) will earn the chance to compete in an officially sanctioned barbecue event.

  • AFPC/SVI will coordinate with local competition organizers to arrange participation in an event as close to the location of the essay winners as possible.
  • Note - local competitions events do not necessarily need to be physically located within your region.
  • If selected to compete in a local BBQ event, participant acknowledges that he/she must provide their own BBQ grill or pit, as well as all equipment to include meat and other food products as directed by the event sanctioning body.
  • Local event may be up to 200 miles from assigned Air Force base.
  • Official results provided by event sanctioning body must be submitted no later than 27 August 2014 to
  • All participants competing in local sanctioned events will comply with all rules and instructions established by that sanctioning body. This includes meat types and number of portions to be judged.
  • The overall top three (3) winners from the regional event 'Contenders' win a trip to San Antonio to compete in the Air Force BBQ Finals at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cookoff & Festival in September 2014.
  • Winners will be selected based upon the total score they received in their local competition. Official results must be provided by the sanctioning body of the event in which they participate.
  • If multiple members compete together at a regional event, one member will be designated as the finalist for all administrative purposes, prize eligibility and participation in the AF BBQ Finals. - Funding will be provided to the final event venue for finalists (3 total individuals).

Prizes to be awarded are:

  • Essay Submissions:
    • Commemorative Oven Mitt
    • Commemorative Apron
  • Regional Contenders:
    • $200 Gift Card
  • 1st Place Home Smoker Package
    • Horizon Backyard Smoker
    • Flavored Briquettes
    • Champion Trophy
  • 2nd Place Home Grill Package
    • Teton Four Burner Gas Grill
    • 9' x 6' Hammock
    • Miscellaneous BBQ Accessories
    • 2nd Place Trophy
  • 3rd Place Backyard Smoker
    • 18.5"Charcoal Smoker
    • 9' x 6' Hammock
    • Miscellaneous BBQ Accessories
    • 3rd Place Trophy

DISLCLAIMER: Prize packages subject to change based on availability. 






  • 20 Jan 14    Essay Period Begins
  • 18 Apr 14    All Essays Due to AFPC/SVI
  • 25 Apr 14    Winners Selected
  • 23 May 14    Local Competitions Begin (See list of sanctioned events closest to your base.)
  • 23 Aug 14    Local Competitions Conclude
  • 27 Aug 14    All Competition Results Due
  • 29 Aug 14    Finalists Notification
  • Sep 2014     Grand Finale event at San Antonio Stock and Rodeo Show




* Events are subject to change

Dates State City Event Organization 
23-May-14 Arizona Mesa Memorial Day Salute to Service KCBS
23-May-14 Florida Oviedo Central Florida's BBQ Blowout FBA
23-May-14 Nevada Boulder City Best Dam Barbecue KCBS
30-May-14 Maryland Snow Hill Pig and a Jig BBQ Festival KCBS
30-May-14 Minnesota Brainerd Great Northern Barbeque KCBS
30-31-May-14 Montana Missoula Carnivore's Classic KCBS
31-May-14 New Hampire Swanzey Monadnock Up In Smoke BBQ KCBS
6-Jun-14 Louisiana Natchitoches Cookin' on the Cane IBCA
6-Jun-14 South Carolina Beaufort High on the Hog SCBA
6-Jun Texas Decatur Eighters from Decatur BBQ IBCA
6-Jun-14 Texas Floresville Wilson County Show Barn BBQ IBCA
7-Jun-14 Maryland Landover Beltway BBQ Showdown KCBS
13-Jun-14 Arizona Williams Northern Arizona BBQ Festival KCBS
13-Jun-14 Montana Miles City Cowtown Cook-Off KCBS
13-Jun-14 New York Wilson Crossboarder Blues, Brews & Que KCBS
20-Jun-14 North Carolina Apex Peak City Pig Fest KCBS
21-Jun-14 Missouri Buckner Smoke Out In The Valley KCBS
23-Jun-14 District of Columbia DC Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle KCBS
27-Jun-14 Oklahoma Chandler Hog Wild BBQ & Chrome Fest  KCBS
4-Jul-14 Arkansas Bryant Que’n In The Park KCBS
4-Jul-14 New Mexico Rio Rancho New Mexico Pork & Brew  KCBS
11-Jul-14 California Rohnert Park Wine Country Big Q KCBS
11-Jul-14 Ohio Kettering Ohio Veterans BBQ Cook-Off KCBS
18-Jul-14 Nebraska Bellevue Riverfest Red, White & Que KCBS
18-Jul-14 Wyoming Larmamie  Griller's Cup KCBS
19-Jul-14 Wisconsin Snohomish Kla Ha Ya BBQ KCBS
24-Jul-14 Utah Holladay Days of 47 BBQ Showdown KCBS
8-Aug-14 Georgia Bainbridge Smoke Under the Oaks BBQ FBA
8-Aug-14 Texas New Braunfels BBQ on the Banks of the Guadalupe IBCA
9-Aug-14 California Huntington Beach Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Day KCBS
14-Aug-14 Georgia Athens Classic City BBQ Fest KCBS
15-Aug-14 Colorado Conifer Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge KCBS
16-Aug-14 Alabama New Hope I Grill Because I Care KCBS
16-Aug-14 Mississippi Fulton Stand By Your Grill KCBS
22-Aug-14 Illinois Lincoln Up In Smoke On The Square KCBS
22-Aug-14 Indiana Nashville Bean Blossom Blues, Brews & BBQ KCBS
22-Aug-14 Kansas Emporia Flint Hills Beef Fest BBQ KCBS
22-Aug-14 South Dakota Hill City Hill City Wine, Brew & BBQ KCBS
23-Aug-14 Mississippi Columbus Roast n' Boast KCBS
23-Aug-14 Texas Bedford Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival KCBS
29-Aug-14 Tennessee Chattanooga Chattanooga River Cue KCBS



Additional local event information can be found on the sanctioned organization’s websites below:


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