FAQ’s

When is the event?

2017 Almost Heaven BBQ Bash / WV State BBQ Championship

June 16 – 17, 2017

Friday, June 16th:        11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, June 17th:     11:00 AM – 6-7:00 PM (depends on crowds)

 

** Go to the Home Page, click on “The Event”, then click on “Schedule of Events” for more details (updated periodically)

Where is the event?

On the grounds of the historic Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) in downtown Weston, WV

Approx. 5 minutes West of Interstate 79 via Route 33 West

~ approx. 2 hours South of Pittsburgh, PA and 2 hours North of Charleston, WV
~ approx. 4-5 hours from Columbus, OH, Charlotte, NC, Lexington/Louisville, KY, and Washington, DC

Is there an admission fee to the event?

NO, the event is FREE and open to the public – bring the whole family for a fun day of great food, WV crafters & vendors, and other activities. Some specialty games and contests may require an entry / participation fee as well as food and beverages, but there is no admission fee to come and enjoy the day.

Where should I park to access the activities?

This is a “downtown family event” with all activities on the grounds of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) with plenty of parking on and adjacent to the event site. On-site and nearby parking is free.

What should I expect at this event?

Here’s a chance to see some of the Country’s best BBQ Pitmasters as they compete for cash and those all-important bragging rights to be the ‘best of the best’. Visit their cooking rigs, interact with the Pitmasters, enjoy an informational presentation by some of the Pitmasters discussing “how to’s” of competition BBQ. Check out the full schedule of events at the Event tab

Who will benefit from the event?

We hope the entire community and businesses will benefit directly or indirectly from the event.  We are also partnering with the WV Alzheimer’s Association to help promote awareness of their services to both victims and caregivers, and hopefully raise some funds for that organization.

 

 

Will I be able to buy BBQ at the event?

OF COURSE … you can’t have a BBQ event without great BBQ to eat. Although most professional BBQ teams prepare meat only for the competition, there are several competitors who will be selling BBQ as well other BBQ / food vendors – Homemade Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, Zul’s Frozen Beverages, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Strawberry Shortcake, and more

Can I bring my pet?

YES….as long as your pet is leashed for everyone’s safety and comfort!

Where can we stay?

Check the Accommodations tab on our Home Page for more information on hotels offering special BBQ rates as well as area campgroups for convenient RV parking.

Are there activities for children?

ABSOLUTELY… There are lots of kid-friendly activities in our “Piglet Zone” both days with unique inflatable games, contests, and other activities.

BBQ Competitions – Who can Enter?

There are 2 BBQ challenges to compete in – open to anyone

  1. KCBS Teams – Grand Champion wins an “automatic entry” to the Jack Daniels Worldwide Invitational BBQ Championship in Lynchburg, TN (must turn-in all 4 meats – chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket). The winner is also qualified to enter the American Royal BBQ Championship and the Sonny’s BBQ Invitational BBQ Event. The event is also designated as the WV Cup for the Mid Atlantic BBQ Association (covering teams in 8 states)
  1. Backyard BBQ Challenge – Cook chicken and ribs for the title of WV Backyard BBQ Champion

    * For rules, regulations, and application forms for either competition, go to the BBQ Teams tab

Can I watch the teams cook?

YES… Teams will set up their cook sites Thursday evening and Friday morning to prepare for the required KCBS meat inspections before beginning the cook process.  A cook’s meeting (not open to the public) is held Friday evening, and meat prep and cooking will begin soon after that with many cooking throughout the night to prepare for the first turn-in (chicken) at noon on Saturday.   Most teams enjoy interacting with the public, but remember this is VERY serious for them, esp. when they are finishing their meats for presentation to the judges and are under a strict timeline.

*** Please avoid disturbing cook teams during their final preparations for judging from approx. 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

After the last turn-in (approx. 2:00 – 2:30 PM), most teams are cleaning up, it’s a great time to visit with and interact with these pro teams!

Where do these BBQ cook teams come from?

Our 2016 event included BBQ teams and certified KCBS judges from 15 states, and we expect even more this year as teams compete for cash, trophies, KCBS points and “bragging rights” during the BBQ season. Many competitive BBQ teams travel all across the country nearly every weekend to compete. They really are “crazy about BBQ”!

How does the judging work?

KCBS teams cook the 4 required meats (chicken, ribs, pork, and beef brisket) and submit a minimum of 6 portions of each to the Judging area at separate times. All judges for this event are certified, having completed a KCBS Judges Class, and will judge each meat for appearance, texture, and taste. Using a strict “double blind” system, judges will not judge the same cook’s meats to provide the strictest level of fairness. For more details, click on the following on our website: BBQ Teams, then KCBS Teams, then KCBS Rules & Regulations.

What’s the big deal about being the WV State BBQ Championship?

The Almost Heaven BBQ Bash has been proclaimed, by the Governor of West Virginia, as the WV State BBQ Championship — as the only KCBS sanctioned BBQ event in the State. Because of this designation, the overall winner of this event, the WV Grand Champion, will also represent West Virginia at the prestigious Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational BBQ event and the American Royal BBQ Championship. Only one team per state is invited making this a premiere event for serious BBQ competitors.

Why is it important to be sanctioned by KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society)?

As the largest BBQ sanctioning organization in the US, KCBS sanctions over 400 events per year in the US and several foreign countries. Events, teams, and judges are held to high standards of competition, and KCBS sanctioning is required for an event’s Grand Champion to be eligible to participate in the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ event and the American Royal Invitational BBQ event.


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