Montana’s State BBQ Championship, the 2019 Pitmaster Classic, is coming to town Friday, August 23rd, and continues Saturday, August 24th.

Bring your appetite and head to Kenyon Noble Lumber & Hardware in Bozeman located at 1243 W Oak St. Free to the community with food proceeds benefiting the Gallatin Valley YMCA.    

Proudly affiliated with the Kansas City Barbeque Society for the first KCBS BBQ contest in Bozeman, Montana. Professional and amateur contestants from the Northwest and Canada are coming together to compete for the Montana Championship of Barbeque. How lucky are we?!

Invented to increase competition barbecue, this 2-day event kicks off Friday, August 23rd, from 5 pm - 8 pm. Join the community for “Bozeman BBQ & Blues Night” with special guest, Andre Floyd, playing smooth tunes while competitors serve specialty foods. Be sure to vote for your favorite competitors for the "People's Choice" award which has a prize of $1,000!

With categories in chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket, you are destined to find a delicious treat perfect for you. As soon as the meat is done resting and the competition comes to an end, you can sample the team's creations. Yum! The highest scored contestant will become the Grand Master and will be eligible for the Kansas City Royal Competition, claimed to be one of the biggest BBQ competitions in the world. The awards ceremony and naming of the Montana Pitmaster Champion takes place at 4 pm on Saturday. Winners of each category receive cash prizes ranging from $20 for 8th place finalists to $1,000 for 1st place and an overall $2,000 for the Grand Champion!

Saturday, the 24th, between 1 pm - 4 pm gather to see professional grillmasters from Big Green Egg, Weber Grills, and Traeger Grills showcase their products, unveil new products, and host educational classes. Haven’t you ever wanted to step up your grilling game? 

Gather with friends, bask in the bright Montana sun, and enjoy sensational food. How much better can it get?

For more information, including how to register for the grill off, CLICK HERE 

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