• BBQ & Blues

  • Welcome to the epicenter of good old-fashioned BBQ rivalry and swangin’ smooth blues! Declared a State Championship Cook-off Competition in 2009 by Governor Sonny Perdue, the Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival is a KCBS and GBC sanctioned event.

    A sure swine good time, this annual festival features out-of-this-world BBQ cook teams and vendors, a sauce-wing-dessert competition, and even offers a scholarship in memory of the late Mayor Dewaine T. Bell—a man of outstanding merit largely responsible for the creation of this happening event.

    Mark your calendars and plan on being in Barnesville this coming April! 

  • Cook Team Applications and Registration

    Available Online January 15th!


  • The Swine Good Time

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 Thursday, April 19, 2018

    There’s no better way to kick off an official Barnesville festival than a party with our friends and sponsor, United Bank, at the BBQ & Blues Business After Hours Kick-Off Celebration! This annual kick-off party features a cornhole tournament, a splendid spread of food and drink, and smorgasbord of door prizes, live music, and certainly an opportunity mix and mingle with other local business and community members. Held from 5:00-7:00 at United Bank downtown Barnesville. 

    Friday, April 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018

    Who doesn’t want to do some taste testing, win some cool prizes, and then wash it all down with a funky jam session of rip-roaring blues? On Friday night, the general public will get to participate in the Sauce, Wing, and Dessert competition. The winners receive some very cool prizes for their savory endeavors. Then, the Ritz Park Amphitheater will be blazing blues and lights as we rock out to some incredible tunes! 

    Saturday, April 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Saturday is the day that we get down to bidness! The BBQ cook-team competition happens throughout the day and features the ‘People’s Choice’ competition—where YOU get to taste and vote on all of the savory swine that our Pitmasters have been hard at work preparing in an effort to claim the Grand Prize! With live music throughout the competition, the day will culminate with the cook-team competition prizes. 


  • BBQ Competitions

    More information coming soon!

  • Prizes Prizes

    Grand Champion $2000
    Reserve Champion $1100
    (pays out to 5th place overall)

    Chicken Champion $450
    Ribs Champion $450
    Pork Champion $450
    Brisket Champion $450
    (each individual category has payouts for 1st through 8th place)

    People’s Choice $500

    Sauce, Wings and Dessert Competitions Friday Night
    Wings Prize: $150 Lowes Gift Card
    Dessert Prize: Stand Mixer

    Current Teams Current Teams

    Sauced! BBQ, Hold Your Horses BBQ, Sprat Boy BBQ, Bald Hawg BBQ, Kelvin’s BBQ, Way to Que, Maxus Porkamus, The Pit Crew GA, Baldy’s Butts, Wicked Que, J Holt’s Smoke House, “Yes, Dear BBQ”, Buggy Boyz, Shokin U BBQ, Pirates of PorkScents, Bearded BBQ, Atlanta BBQ Store, J&B’s BBQ, Slowly Butt Smokin, Jack Rabbit’s Smokin-Q, Angry Jack BBQ, Bite Back BBQ, 92 BBQ



  • Upcoming Events

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  • KCBS Judges Class

    BECOME A BBQ JUDGE!

    The Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival Committee is hosting it's first ever KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Judges Class. Check out the application linked below for details!

    Judges Class Application