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Congratulations to our 2017 WV Grand Champion, Rocky Top Barbeque from Jonesboro, TN with Pitmaster Walt Moulton and family.  Representing WV, Walt also become the 2017 Grand Champion of the Jack Daniels BBQ Invitational Tournament, and he’ll be back to defend his title in 2018!

Plans are already underway for the 2018 Almost Heaven BBQ Bash / WV State BBQ Championship for the weekend of June 15 & 16, 2018 .  With 58 pro BBQ teams, 12 Backyard BBQ Teams, and nearly 100 judges & volunteers from 18 states participating in 2017, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 event at the historic Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) in Weston, WV.  With over 20 acres of beautifully landscaped lawn dotted with giant shade trees, freshly paved areas, and lots of on-site parking, our new venue provides a great site for cook teams and visitors. TALA will also be offering a variety of special historic tours of the asylum (the largest hand-cut stone structure in North America, second only in size to the Kremlin in Moscow) and its grounds.

“Wolf’s Revenge” – our 2017 WV Reserve Grand Champions

Already KCBS sanctioned for 2018 with the WV Governor’s Proclamation, this event will again be an “AUTO to the JACK”, often referred to as the Superbowl of BBQ with the WV Grand Champion receiving the top prize money, but also earning an automatic entry into the coveted Jack Daniels Worldwide Invitational BBQ Championship … an invitation only event with only 1 team representing each state.  In addition, this event is a qualifying event for the American Royal BBQ event, the WV Cup for the Mid Atlantic BBQ Assn. (MABA), and a qualifying event for the Sonny’s BBQ Invitational Showdown.

“Pirates of Porkscents” and their Minion mascot

The 2018 BBQ Bash will again feature some of the top rated KCBS teams in the US preparing chicken, ribs, pork, & brisket for judging.  A WV Backyard BBQ Competition, for those getting started in the competitive BBQ world, highlights teams preparing only chicken & ribs for judging with cash awards and other prizes on the line!   We’re also pleased to have 100% KCBS certified BBQ judges in 2015, 2016, and 2017 assuring KCBS judging standards are followed.

Come judge pulled pork samples from championship teams participating in the People’s Choice event or enjoy a variety of delicious BBQ from several vendors serving delicious BBQ as well as their own unique creations – something to please everyone!

Pix - Rib Eating Contest (winner)Join us Saturday for a variety of family activities including:  Piglet Zone (fun activities for children of all ages), unique inflatable games, a hilarious “Outhouse Classic Race”,  live music and entertainment throughout the day, Pig Mania (painted pig contest), a WV Craft Beer Garden (for adults), and many other activities still being finalized.


For more details or questions, contact us at:


Toll-free:   866 / 710-7600

Check for regular updates on our event Facebook page:  Almost Heaven BBQ Bash.

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