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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!

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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

Catch the World Premier of “United States of BBQ” in Yazoo City!

US of BBQ Promo STD cards2W

Be sure to get to Yazoo City a day early for the Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival and catch the

WORLD PREMIER of  “United States of BBQ”

Thursday, September 5, at 6pm
in the Triangle Cultural Center auditorium
332 North Main Street, Yazoo City, MS 39194


We’ll have great Food including Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo‘s signature Perfect Sandwich and their famous Ubon’s BBQ Bloody Mary Mix!

Ubons BBQ Bloody Mary and Perfect Sandwich

A Rob Travalino Film, this documentary tells the story of America through one of its oldest past times – barbecue! Come out and support Yazoo City’s own Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo and pitmaster Garry Roark who are featured in the film!


Full Description:

Civilization may have began with fire but it grew by barbecue. Smoking meat, sharing stories of life, survival and togetherness is a primal thread of the human experience the world over, and no country on Earth has barbecue running through its veins quite like America.

“The United States of BBQ” is really several interlocking stories in one. At its heart, is a tender and simple generational tale of family and tradition embodied in renown pitmaster Garry Roark and the Ubon’s BBQ family of Yazoo City, Mississippi. At first taste, Garry’s world may seem like a simple recipe for living, laid back and in the BBQ vernacular, “cooked low and slow”, but each successive bite reveals so much more. Soon, the world of BBQ explodes with a rich complexity of flavors both literal and cultural. People, places, smoke and spices, that span North and South and past and present, big city and small town.

Following Garry and Ubon’s along the fierce and fiery competition BBQ circuit, brings us face-to-face with many of the most famous and celebrated BBQ families from all over the country, each with their own special story and place on the BBQ menu. Compelling tales of struggle, hope, good times and bad roll on the breeze to pull you to the table. Sitting by the fire, you’ll even meet some surprising converts to the BBQ life, including the Ubon’s new business partners, self described “recovering” Wall Street traders David and Adam Rosen who gave up the fast lane for the low and slow.

But make no mistake, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Putting North and South together is sometimes a challenge and the competition BBQ circuit maybe a place to trade stories and recipes but it’s also the place to battle it out for money, bragging rights and culinary glory. BBQ life is not an easy life, but it’s remarkably real life. But when all the cooking and competing are done, something truly special emerges through the smoke. “The United States of BBQ” is about the preservation of a critical thread in our American tapestry, our sense of family and community. It’s a story that reminds us that we built this land from a great recipe, a blend of people, cultures, ingredients, histories and stories, baptized in fire and cooked slowly until tender – ultimately, served at a common table.

The story of BBQ is the story of America.

Calling ALL First Responders!

We have EXPANDED our competition, and added even MORE prize money!

The Firehouse BBQ Competition has expanded to include ALL First Responders in our first ever First Responders BBQ Competition!

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AND we’ve added more MONEY to the prizes for this division!  If you win 1st place in the First Responders competition for your department (police, sheriff, fire, emergency management or EMS) not only will your TEAM win the $200 cash prize, trophy, and paid entry to the 2014 competition, but you will also have the choice of either a $500 cash donation to your department OR a 50″ flat-screen TV (up to a $500 value) donated to your department!

The applications and rules have been updated, and can be downloaded on the Applications page.  You’ve got to be IN it to WIN it!

Carpe BBQ! …or… BE Fee Free!!

Fee Free FB


We have a HUGE Announcement for our teams!! Get your applications in for a chance to enter FREE! All team applications postmarked/received between June 3 and June 30, 2013, will be eligible to win by random draw on July 9, 2013, FREE entry into the competition including any MBN category fees and Ancillary fees! We will draw one (1) winner in the MBN division, and one (1) winner in the Backyard/Fire House division! Entry fees will be paid for the drawing winners by the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau! Visit for details. We are not responsible for mishandled, misdirected or otherwise undelivered mail. Applications can be sent to:
Fire & Feast, PO Box 186, Yazoo City, MS 39194
or by e-mail to

Don’t forget (of course, how could you??) that we have TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS in CASH prizes for this year’s competition!  You can’t win if you don’t compete, so get your applications in today!  Click Applications in the Menu above, or visit