Event Schedule

Hosted in collaboration with Kansas City Barbeque Society, Alberta Pork and Hickory Street, this event invites the public to take in the taste, smell, sounds and sights of mouth-watering BBQ.

While the competitive BBQ competition is closed to the public, Lethbridge & District Exhibition invites guests to enjoy additional event entertainment that celebrates everything BBQ on Saturday, July 23. This year’s event will include our BBQ food offerings, a beer garden, and live entertainment.

Competition Dates: July 23-24

July 23 (Open to public)

Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: South Pavilion Parking Lot

Admission: Free


Saturday, July 23  

9 a.m. Meat inspection, starting with BACKYARD competitors  
11 a.m. Festival open to public, beer garden opens, food trucks open
12 – 5 p.m. Main Stage programming  
3 p.m. MASTER SERIES Head Cooks meeting - Heritage Hall  
4 p.m. BACKYARD Judges Check-in & Meeting – Main Pavilion  
5 p.m. BACKYARD Chicken turn-in – Main Pavilion  
5:30 p.m. BACKYARD Rib turn-in – Main Pavilion  
6:30 p.m. BACKYARD Awards – Main Stage, beer garden last call  
7 p.m. public event done, beer garden closed, food trucks closed 


Sunday, July 24 

10 a.m. MASTER SERIES Judges Check-in – Main Pavilion 
10:30 a.m. MASTER SERIES Judges Meeting – Main Pavilion
11 a.m. Bar opens – Heritage Hall 
12 p.m. MASTER SERIES Chicken turn-in – Main Pavilion
12:30 p.m. MASTER SERIES Rib turn-in – Main Pavilion
1 p.m. MASTER SERIES Pork turn-in – Main Pavilion
1:30 p.m. MASTER SERIES Brisket turn-in – Main Pavilion
5 p.m Awards and recognition of Event Partners – Heritage Hall
6 p.m. Bar closes – Heritage Hall

 Late entries will be disqualified. All teams have a five-minute grace period before and after each turn-in time.



BACKYARD SERIES (Saturday, July 23)

  • Half Cocked BBQ
  • The Meat Rubbens BBQ
  • Fantastic Meats and how to "Q" them
  • Guardians of the Grill
  • Earnest Street

MASTER SERIES  (Sunday, July 24)

  • Hogparts School of Smokecraft and Brew'ery
  • Home Cookin' BBQ
  • Smokin Hot Butts
  • Didy Smoke It?
  • Brown Dog Que
  • Three Thirty Three
  • Brisket Butts
  • Bad to the Brisket
  • Smooth Smokin'
  • Roker Q
  • Motley Que
  • Hickory Street
  • Notorious PIG
  • Pork, The One You Love
  • Mark's Meats & Treats
  • Arrowhead North BBQ
  • Rocky Mountain Smokers
  • BK BBQ
  • Homestead Smoke Shack BBQ