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2014 BBQ Competition Applications AVAILABLE NOW

Grand Champions 2013 Red Hot Smokers web

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?!?


So… You Think You Can JUDGE?

Do you dream in BBQ? Do you take your coffee with a little brown sugar and chili powder? Does your family cry in desperation at every family outing, “Do we HAVE TO eat BBQ again??”

Well, suffer-alone-no-more, barbecue fan! This is where you belong!


This is open call for all MBN barbecue judges – we need you at Fire & Feast in Yazoo City, Mississippi, on September 5 & 6, 2014!

We’d prefer you be trained, if not certified, by the Memphis Barbecue Network – but if you would like to judge and haven’t trained yet, we can point you to a class close by.

(In fact, there’s a fine one going on April 5, just up the road from us, in Greenwood, MS. You can find info on that and others in the future at

Download our Judge Request and submit it ASAP.  We’ve got 3 BBQ competitions and 5 Ancillary categories (including DESSERT!) so we’ll need just about all the tastebuds we can get!

2014 Fire & Feast BBQ Competition JUDGE REQUEST FORM

Form is in PDF format. Download the Adobe Reader to view or print.
You may also call 800.381.0662 to have an application mailed to you.

We’ve got MORE money, BIGGER trophies… and SUGAR!

You heard right.  The 4th annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival in Yazoo City, Mississippi, will have even MORE prize money than in years past!  Check out the info below on the latest developments, and be sure to keep it here for updates.  Judge request forms will be posted next week, and BBQ applications will follow shortly after.

We told you last month about our plans to end the Baked Beans portion of the Ancillary competitions, and replace that category with Desserts.  What we didn’t tell you, is we will also be increasing the prize money for all of the Ancillary categories!  Sauce, Anything But Pork, Desserts, Hot Wings and Cocktails previously payed out only for first place wins. This year, we will be paying a second AND a third place prize as well (yes, some of y’alls entries were just that good!).  There will be a $25 third place, a $50 second place, and a $100 first place prize awarded in each of these 5 categories, bringing our total CASH prizes up to…


Oh, and we did mention a bigger trophy, didn’t we? Our Rico Knives hand-made damascus blade trophy knives have been a BIG hit with our teams. Take a stroll through one of our championship teams’ most prized possessions, and you’re sure to see a Rico on display. In years past, the Grand Champion was awarded a “Pig Sticker,”…. which, exactly as it sounds, is a really-great-big-huge knife.

We are SO pleased to announce that this year’s Grand Champion will have the honor of receiving the first ever special-edition Rico Cleaver, made especially for our competition! Below is a photo of the prototype, full of Bobby Rico’s signature styling, including a hand-made handle and blade and the tell-tale feather patterning of Damascus steel.  This is truly a work of art that any of our teams would be proud to win… but as we know, there can be only one!

Rico Cleaver edit

Beans are OUT but SWEET IS IN!

BIG news for all our Ancillary competitors!  The Baked Beans category will not be held in 2014.  Instead, we’re giving you the opportunity to show off your BEST DESSERT!

The decision was certainly not taken lightly.  After all, Baked Beans and BBQ go hand-in-hand, kind of like peanut butter & jelly or vinegar & salt.  But… I’m sure you’ll agree that everyone, everywhere loves a great dessert!

We realize this is a bit risky.  Word is, we run the risk of having umpteen (that’s a technical term) banana puddings or banana cream pies (insider) – but we know we’ve got some of the best chefs in the BBQ world at Fire & Feast, and if there ARE any banana puddings or pies entered, they will be world-class!

pie small crop

So, put those beans aside and bring the sweet to Fire & Feast 2014!  And if you want to send any samples for testing – you know who to call.  😉


BTW – Applications for judging and competing will be available on our site in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned.  You know we’ll keep you posted.  :-)  Thank you for supporting Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival!

Here it comes…

We’ve got great news for all you Fire & Feast fans!  The 2014 festival is officially in the works!  Look for applications of all sorts, information on entertainment and much more in the coming weeks!

4th Annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival
September 5 & 6, 2014
Yazoo City, Mississippi

For now, we’ll leave you with this scene from our very first Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival, held in 2011.  We can hardly believe this will be number 4!!


See y’all soon in Yazoo City!  Who’s ready to smoke some meat and win some MONEY??

Fire & Feast 2013 – THE WINNERS!

Grand Champions 2013 Red Hot Smokers webCongratulations to all our winners!  Thank you for your participation and support of Fire & Feast 2013!  We can’t wait to see y’all next year in Yazoo City!


Anything But Pork
1st – Rub Me Tender, Rub Me Sweet
2nd – Budro’s BBQ
3rd – Frontwood Smokers

Baked Beans
1st – The Smokin’ Bandits
2nd – The Barbecue Experiment
3rd – Rub Me Tender, Rub Me Sweet

Hot Wings
1st – Frontwood Smokers
2nd – The Smokin’ Bandits
3rd – Shaggy’s Smoke Shack

1st – Victory Lane
2nd – Sweet Sine O’Mine
3rd – Budro’s BBQ

1st – Rub Me Tender, Rub Me Sweet
2nd – Frontwood Smokers
3rd – The Smokin’ Bandits


1st Place – Frontwood Smokers
2nd Place – Rub Me Tender, Rub Me Sweet
3rd Place – Lil Snooky’s BBQ


1st Place – Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department
2nd Place – Reggla Fellas BBQ
3rd Place – Smokin’-N-Jokin’

MBN Competition Results


1st Place – 10 Bones BBQ
2nd Place – Sweet Swine O’Mine
3rd Place – Diamond D Cooking Team
4th Place – Victory Lane
5th Place – Party Q
6th Place – Doc’s Painless Pulled Pork
7th Place – Barnyard Roasters


1st Place – Red Hot Smokers
2nd Place – Boars Night Out
3rd Place – Victory Lane
4th Place – Fireman John’s BBQ
5th Place – Party Q
6th Place – 10 Bones BBQ
7th Place – Sweet Swine O’Mine


1st Place – Paradise Porkers
2nd Place – Sweet Swine O’Mine
3rd Place – Slap Jo Mama
4th Place – Red Hot Smokers
5th Place – Fireman John’s BBQ
6th Place – Doc’s Painless Pulled Pork
7th Place – Boars Night Out


Red Hot Smokers

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 6, 2013

8:00 a.m. Set-up begins. Teams may begin arriving at this time.

2:00 p.m. ALL Load-In vehicles must be removed from the festival grounds, or be  locked in until Saturday after the awards ceremony!

4:00 p.m. Cooks’ meeting (First Responders & Backyard)

5:00 p.m. Cooks’ meeting (MBN Professional Division)

Gates open to public for concert! $10 Admission

LIVE music schedule:
5:30pm – Bri Riley
6:00pm – The Frank Caswell Band
7:00pm – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
8:00pm – Mojo Mudd
9:00pm – The Roosevelt Roberts Band
10:00pm – Sir Charles Jones

6:00 p.m. Ancillary Judging begins

6:00 – Anything But Pork
6:30 – Beans
7:00 – Sauce
7:30 – Hot Wings
8:00 – Cocktails

Saturday, September 7, 2013

9:00a.m. until… Festival gates open (arts & crafts, food vendors, Kids Zone, etc) FREE Admission!

Saturday Judging Schedule:
10: 00a.m. Whole Hog – Blind judge & On – site (MBN Pro)

11:15 a.m. Shoulder – Blind judge & On – site (MBN Pro)

12:30p.m. Ribs – Blind judge & On-site (MBN Pro)

2:00p.m. Finals judging begins (MBN Pro)

2: 00p.m. Backyard/First Responders Division (Blind judging only – Ribs)

6:00p.m. Awards Presentation

This is a tentative schedule of events.  Times are subject (but not likely) to change.


Be sure to get your applications in ASAP to compete, judge, vend or volunteer!  The deadline is fast approaching!  Must be received by Friday, August 30 by mail, fax or e-mail!

Download your applications from or stop by our office at the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 110 N. Jerry Clower Boulevard, Suite S, in Yazoo City, Mississippi to pick one up.

Send to:

Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival
PO Box 186
Yazoo City, MS 39194

OR Fax to 662-746-1816

OR E-mail to

With $20,500 in CASH Prizes at stake, this is not one you want to miss!

Team Recruit flyer for TRSw

2013 Schedules and Ticket Prices Announced!

Don’t miss the 3rd annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival in Yazoo City, Mississippi

September 6 & 7 at the Yazoo County Fairgrounds
203 Airport Road (aka Hugh McGraw Drive)
Yazoo City, Mississippi

Friday, September 6 – Gates open at 5 pm
$10 Admission at the gate only! Food & Beverages available for purchase.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. No Coolers.


LIVE music schedule:
5:30pm – Bri Riley
6:00pm – The Frank Caswell Band
7:00pm – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
8:00pm – Mojo Mudd
9:00pm – The Roosevelt Roberts Band
10:00pm – Sir Charles Jones

Saturday, September 7 – Gates open at 9 am
Arts & Crafts, Kids’ Zone, Food
FREE Admission for everyone!
Award Ceremony at 6 pm!

Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival 2013 benefits the Gateway MAP Coalition and LIFESAVERS