June 7-9, 2013
The Black Hills BBQ Festival features good food, great music, carnival and fun entertainment. The three day event offers plenty of family friendly entertainment.
The Black Hills BBQ Festival will have three professional BBQ companies (Ribbers) on hand to serve up their specialties from ribs to brisket. The professional ribbers have won national competitions with their secret recipes. Ribbers are chosen through an application process.
Nobody at the BBQ Festival will go home hungry.
Amateur BBQ Cook-Off
Are you the master of your grill? The Amateur BBQ Cook-Off wants you to test your skills for a chance to be named the BEST in the Black Hills. The Amateur BBQ Cook-Off is held on Sunday with the chance to participate in 4 different categories; Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Beef and Pork . All entries are judged by qualified judges and the results are announced (with a little bit of bragging) on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Pre- Registrations are required.
You can't have a festival without music and the BBQ Festival features awesome entertainment at the McDonald's Free Stage. We are currently working on a stage schedule for top musical acts to perform at the festival. Music to Include: Randy McAlister, Unfinished Business, Joe Fornothin and Black Hills All-Stars.
Whether you enjoy rides, games, food, or good old-fashioned fun, the Thomas Carnival has something to offer. In addition to family attractions, kiddie rides, and spectacular rides for thrill seekers, the carnival midway offers something for the whole family.
New! Mud Run
From the producer of the Indoor Enduro Motorcycle Race comes a 3K running event that will challenge all runners. Runners will be required to go through a number of obstacles from Mud pits to Mountains, Hay Bales to High Bars with the guarantee to be fun for all ages. The event will take place Saturday, June 8 at noon.
All participants will receive a Free T-Shirt and whole lot of mud.
BBQ Boot Camp and and Dutch Oven Cooking DemonstrationsThe SDSU Meat Science Departments will host a BBQ Boot Camp for anyone interested in learning more about meat selection, cooking methods for various cuts of beef, grilling and smoking methods, food safety, handling meat products and new beef cuts. The BBQ Boot Camp will get you whipped in to shape for the Best BBQ on the Block.
Along with the BBQ Boot Camp will be a dutch oven demonstration. Before there was the technology of Non-Stick pans, homesteaders used Dutch Ovens to prepared all dishes, from meats to peach cobbler. Learn more about the tradition of the old west.
Get muddy at the BH BBQ Festival with the 3rd Annual Co-Ed Mud Volleyball Tournament.The Tournament will be Sunday, June 9. The single-elimination tournament will begin at 1:00 pm for a chance to win $500 in Scheel's Gift Cards.
The Mud Volleyball Tournament is a crowd favorite at the BBQ Festival, as teams compete for a chance to win $500 for first place and $250 for second place.
Blood Mary Contest; Bartenders and Amateur Challenge
The Black Hills BBQ Festival is hosting a Blood Mary Challenge for those in the business and those who rule their kitchen.
"Bartender" Challenge to see who has the best Blood Mary in the Hills. If your a liquor establishment, send us your best Bartender to test their skills for bragging rights of having the "Black Hills Best Bloody Mary." The Amateur Challenge is for anyone who just likes a good Bloody Mary in the comfort of your own home.
Roller Derby: Heroes Vs. The Villians
The Rushmore Rollers will square off in a Roller Derby Battle featuring the Heroes vs the Villains with the roller skating
contact sport that will include bumps, bruises and shoving on the round skating track. Come cheer on our Rushmore Rollerz.
A beer gardens is available to enjoy at the festival. Just like your backyard, sit and take in all the excitement at the 3rd Annual BH BBQ Festival, including live music and great food.
We encourage everyone to drink responsibly and camping is available for the event.
Make the 3rd Annual Black Hills BBQ Festival your backyard BBQ with camping at the fairgrounds. Camping is available for everyone that wants to participate in the Black Hills BBQ Festival. Come enjoy the fun with food, beer gardens, carnival and great music at the 3rd Annual BBQ Festival.