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Because We’re All About That Pork

‘Bout That Pork!

Fire & Feast is right around the corner, and this competition is shaping up to be fantastic! To help y’all get as excited as we are, here is a look back at some of our greatest hits…

The T-Shirts!!

Our attitude-laden t-shirts have already reached near legendary status in the 5 short years since we started this contest. Let’s take a look back at that ‘tude, starting with our second festival in 2012 (because we learned a LOT from the first one…which need not be mentioned here LOL)!!



Our 2012 shirts set the stage for every year since. We hear folks are still talking about this one, and looking for more. All of our shirts, however, are limited editions. Once they’re gone… you’ll be crying over your beer if you missed out.


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The 2013 Fire & Feast T-shirt-that-almost-wasn’t! We’ve been told that our volunteers are so awesome that we make putting a contest of this size on look effortless (which it ain’t, let me just tell ya). But every now and again our behind-the-scenes plans get blown away. Thankfully, our charcoal-gray 2013 shirts made it through the storm, and into history.


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We usually have a ton of ideas that would make great shirts. The biggest struggle every year is choosing THE t-shirt idea to go with. The 2014 T-shirts definitely laid the groundwork for our shirts this year. The song lyric, the the pig (because PORK duh!)… all led us to….


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…You KNOW we’re #allaboutthatpork … And, while we know our teams love the sport of BBQ, and love visiting Yazoo every year, and ‘do it because we love it’ – we know you, too, are very excited about those 21,325 “strips of BACON” (so to speak) that we’ll be handing out to our winners come Saturday, Sept. 12th.

With this competition being just around the corner, we had to say that  we can’t wait to see our “old” friends again, and to welcome the new teams we have this year (who will be “old” friends come next year!). Have a great Labor Day weekend, and check back here in the next day or two for a look at all of our trophies – which are AWESOME (if we do say so ourselves…but we know you’ll say it, too)!

-with all our Barbecue love,
Fire & Feast MBN Sanctioned BBQ Competition Committee



Fire & Feast Charity and Sponsor News

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Our charity for the 2015 Fire & Feast MBN Sanctioned BBQ Competition in Yazoo City, Mississippi, has been chosen. Your support of our event will help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the MS Delta Yazoo City Unit!

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In more big news for Fire & Feast, we are SO thrilled to be able to officially announce CF Industries as our Fire Sponsor for 2015. Stay tuned here and to our page on Facebook for great information about this company and the many reasons we are happy to have them here in Yazoo! Thanks, CF Industries, for all of your support over the years!


Also, it’s not too late to get your team’s application in to us for a chance to win free entry! Deadline is July 1st (tomorrow!), and we will draw on July 2nd! For more details, see our page on Facebook at

Thanks for being a loyal supporter of BBQ in the Mississippi Delta! We can’t wait to see everyone again on September 11th & 12th, and we are so excited to give away this $21,325 to some very talented teams!! But remember…you’ve got to be IN it to WIN it!

BIG Changes for Fire & Feast in Yazoo City!


How is smoking pork in Yazoo City better than a piggy bank full of money?…

The payout is MUCH better!!

As you may already know by now, our event has gone through some major changes for 2015. We’ve trimmed away the big stage with multiple acts on Friday night in exchange for MORE PRIZE MONEY and even bigger perks for our valued sponsors. This is what you call a WIN/WIN!!

fire and feast judging webAnother big change has come to one of our BBQ divisions. Our Backyard competition, which was previously divided into Backyard and First Responders, has been streamlined to become one Backyard Division. This means HUGE prize money for any team who scores in our top 3 of the Backyard competition. Where else can you send off a box of ribs for blind judging, and walk home with up to $1,000??

First place in Backyard will take home a One THOUSAND Dollar ($1,000) check AND one of our unique trophy “Hog Callers” hand made by Mississippi craftsman Paul Meek and his daughter T’Mara!

The Backyard division’s Second place winner receives a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) prize as well as one of our hand-made trophies, and Third place receives a trophy and a Two Hundred Dollar ($200) prize. We know of NO OTHER Backyard competition with that kind of prize money. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends or family to get started in competition barbecue, meet some Top 10 Memphis Barbecue Network teams, and learn what the competition barbecue world is all about. Get your team ready!


As always, our MBN Professional Competition is open to all teams, and has some of the biggest prize money in Mississippi! Check out the cash prizes and more at then get those applications in ASAP! Space IS LIMITED in all divisions, and once our spaces are full, we can not accept additional teams. You’ve got to be IN IT to WIN IT!!FF15 MoneyW


HUGE thanks to everyone who had a hand in making our 4th annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival in Yazoo City, Mississippi, a huge success! It could NOT happen without our committee, our volunteers, our SPONSORS, and especially our competing TEAMS!! Now, without further ado…

2014 Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival Winners List

2014 Fire & Feast Grand Champion
Diamond D Cooking Team

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2014 Fire & Feast MBN Professional Competition Results:

Whole Hog

1st  – Diamond D Cooking Team
2nd – Boars Night Out
3rd – Victory Lane BBQ
4th – Fireman John’s BBQ
5th – Barnyard Roasters
6th – SlapJo Mama
7th – The Smokin’ Bandits


1st – Victory Lane BBQ
2nd – Red Hot Smokers
3rd – Boars Night Out
4th – Poker Porkers
5th – SlapJo Mama
6th – Burned at the Steak
7th – Boom Boom Que


1st – Red Hot Smokers
2nd – Boars Night Out
3rd – Smoke Dawg BBQ
4th – Victory Lane BBQ
5th – Boom Boom Que
6th – Diamond D Cooking Team
7th – 3 Stacks BBQ

First Responders

1st – Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Dept.
2nd – Walls Firehouse Smokers


1st – Smokin’ Sober Sometimes
2nd – Tri-Community VFD
3rd – Budro’s BBQ


Anything Butt Pork

1st – The Smokin’ Bandits
2nd – Tom Tom Bob A Que
3rd – Victory Lane BBQ


1st – Rolling Bones
2nd – The Smokin’ Bandist (sample B)
3rd – Fossil Fueled Porkers (sample A)

Hot Wings

1st – Frontwood Smokers
2nd – The Pocahontas Porkers
3rd – Diamond D Cooking Team


1st – The Pocahontas Porkers
2nd – TCP/IPIG – The Pork Protocol
3rd – Victory Lane BBQ


1st – The Smokin’ Bandits
2nd – Frontwood Smokers
3rd – Zoo Krew BBQ

Congratulations to ALL of our winners! We look forward to seeing you in Yazoo City next year at Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival!

Our Sponsors ROCK!

We’re pretty sure that everyone knows this, but just in case there’s anyone out there who doesn’t already know how important sponsors are to events like Fire & Feast, we had to take the time to say it.

Our Sponsors ROCK!

Most of our sponsors for 2014 have been with us since the very beginning, and ALL have repeatedly sponsored our event. Our sponsors know how much this event does for our community, and the kind of financial impact that it has for everyone who works, lives, and owns a business in Yazoo.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! We truly could not do this without you, and we are so grateful that you take the time (and the money) to support this local event.

Word just cannot say enough… but we hope our friends and fans will take the time to visit them on the web and in person, and show them your appreciation.

2014 Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival Sponsors

Fire & Feast Entertainment Sponsor

Budweiser and Bud Light

Fire & Feast Hospitality Sponsors

Ubon's Barbeque

VIP Tent Sponsor

CF Industries

Additional Fire & Feast Sponsors

Delta Group

Mutual Credit Union

Presenting Sponsors for Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival:

Yazoo County CVB
Yazoo County CVB

Yazoo County Fair Association

Yazoo County Fair Association

Got grill problems? I feel bad for you, son…

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We’ve got 99 problems, but PORK ain’t one!

The official 2014 Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival T-shirts are on sale NOW for only $15 at the office of the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau (presenters of Fire & Feast).

Don’t wait to get yours. Extended sizes are especially limited. Stop by the CVB today. Cash only, please.

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Did we mention that the deadline to enter one of our 3 barbecue competitions is ONLY 9 days away?! If you haven’t sent us an application yet, get on the ball.  Click Here to download your Application and Rules.

MBN Trophies for 2014

The 2014 MBN Trophies are ready and waiting for YOU! We have been able to draw in some of the top MBN teams each year, and we know that’s because of our BIG prize money – but we’d also like to think it has a little to do with our coveted Bobby Rico Knives custom trophies. *smile*

This year’s trophies have been made even more special with the inclusion of the Grand Champion’s first-ever Rico Knives Cleaver!

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Bobby Rico, maker of our MBN trophies, is a resident of Yazoo County, Mississippi, and a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. His work has been featured in Garden & Gun magazine’s holiday gift guide, as well as many other publications including Delta Magazine, Delta Business Journal, and other hunting and outdoor magazines.

Bobby Rico Knives

Each of the trophy knives, one each for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Whole Hog, Shoulder and Ribs categories, feature Bobby Rico’s signature styling, including a hand-made handle crafted of various woods, bone, and other fine materials, and the tell-tale feather patterning of Damascus steel in the blades. Each is truly a work of art that any of our teams would be proud to win.

But, you’ve got to be IN it to WIN it!  We’ve got $20,875 in CASH prizes up for grabs. Applications are due by the end of August, so get them in ASAP.  Spaces are limited! Click the link below right now to head to the Applications page.


33rd Annual Country Showdown

America’s #1 Country Music Talent Search is coming to Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival on Friday, September 5, 2014!


The Country Showdown is the Nation’s largest and longest-running talent search, where you could win $100,000!

This is the last stop before the state finals in October, and your last chance to get in the Mississippi State Final at the Mississippi State Fair in October!

Get your application in before August 25 to compete in the Yazoo area local competition, sponsored by WBYP-FM and hosted by Fire & Feast 2014!

Click Here to Download the Country Showdown Application!

Entering is EASY! Just fill out the form and send it to WBYP-FM at PO Box 130, Yazoo City, MS 39194

OPTIONAL:  You can even create a customized profile page and register online at

Check out the promotional video below, and get ready to compete!

And for all those of us who cannot sing but who appreciate great music – we’ll be there to watch as the competition heats up! See you in Yazoo!

2014 BBQ Competition Applications AVAILABLE NOW

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Applications are NOW available! Visit the Applications page or download your applications and info from the menu on the left.  Remember, applications for the MBN Professional Competition, the Backyard BBQ Competition, and the First Responders BBQ competition are due in our office by August 29, 2014. Space IS LIMITED.!

Be sure to also download for your TEAM RULES AND INFO – included is the prize structure, judging schedule, and other information for your reference.

Speaking of prize structure… we will leave you with this INCREDIBLE break-down of the $20,875 in CASH plus other prizes available at Fire & Feast BBQ Competition in Yazoo City, Mississippi, on September 5 & 6, 2014!

2014  Fire & Feast Contest Prizes

MBN Championship Prizes

Pork Shoulder, Whole Hog, and Pork Rib

(Prize structure awarded for all three categories)

1st Place $2,000.00 + Bobby Rico Trophy Knife

2nd Place $1,250.00 + Bobby Rico Trophy Knife

3rd Place $750.00 + Bobby Rico Trophy Knife

4th Place $500.00

5th Place $400.00

6th Place $250.00

7th Place $100.00

MBN Grand Champion (one winner) $3,000 and Custom Built Bobby Rico Trophy Cleaver PLUS paid entry to the Memphis Barbecue Network Championship

First Responders Prizes (Pork Rib only)

1st Place $200 + Paul Meek Hog Caller trophy + paid entry for 2015 + $500 Donation to teams’ dept./organization (sponsored by Delta Group)

2nd Place $100 + Paul Meek Hog Caller trophy

3rd Place $75 + Paul Meek Hog Caller trophy

Backyard Prizes (Pork Rib only)

1st Place $200 + Paul Meek Hog Caller trophy + paid entry for 2015 MBN Professional Division at Fire & Feast in Yazoo City.

2nd Place $100 + Paul Meek Hog Caller trophy

3rd Place $75 + Paul Meek Hog Caller trophy

Ancillary Prizes

Anything But Pork, Dessert, Sauce, Hot Wings, and Cocktails

$100 – 1st Place, $50 – 2nd Place, $25 – 3rd Place (Awarded for Each Category)

Note: MBN Division trophies are custom built for Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival by Rico Knives of Vaughan, MS

First Responders and Backyard trophies are custom built for Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival by Paul Meek Outdoors




Open Call to Food Vendors…

Applications for all 3 BBQ competitions, including the 5 Ancillary categories, will be posted soon.  Get your application in to us ASAP for your chance to win a share of the $20,875 in CASH prizes being awarded on September 6 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, at the 4th Annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival.  Spaces ARE limited.  We’ll be sure to post again, right here, when the applications are available.

In the mean time, if any of you out there in the big dubya-dubya-dubya would like to apply to vend FOOD at Fire & Feast, this is your chance to apply. Complete the application linked below, and send in to us for approval.  You will be contacted ASAP by our festival chair.

Food Vendor Application – Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival – September 4 & 5, 2014

For now, we’ll leave you with this priceless photo from a 2012 caption contest on the Fire & Feast page on Facebook (yes, it’s almost that time again!). Our Chairwomen, Tonja Smith of Yazoo County CVB, and Leslie Scott of Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo, are two peas in a pod.  Aren’t they precious?!?