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Congratulations to Tommy Houston of the Checkered Pig BBQ Team for their 2016 WV Grand Championship (following his 2015 Reserve Grand Champion win) and Mark Gibbs and Checkered Flag 500 BBQ Team for the 2016 WV Reserve Grand Champion award.



Plans are already underway for the 2017 Almost Heaven BBQ Bash / WV State BBQ Championship for the weekend of June 16 & 17, 2017.  With 42 pro BBQ teams, 8 Backyard BBQ Teams, and nearly 70 judges from 15 states participating in 2016, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 event at our “NEW” location – 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.

Already KCBS sanctioned for 2017 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.

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The 2017 BBQ Bash will again feature some of the top rated KCBS teams in the US preparing chicken, ribs, pork, & brisket for judging.  A Sunny Buck 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 pleased to have 100% KCBS certified BBQ judges in 2015 and 2016 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 Rib Eating Contest between our local law enforcement personnel, 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 the event organizers at:  almostheavenbbqbash@gmail.com   or check for regular updates on our event Facebook page: Almost Heaven BBQ Bash.

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