If you love BBQ, then you need to be in Long Beach on May 14 to experience delicious barbeque from across the country and to usher in the summer.
The fifth annual West Coast BBQ Classic returns to the Queen Mary from 11 am to 6 pm. The event will feature tastings, samples, and a competition between amateur and expert grill masters who are looking to take home the title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion. The prize: $10,500 to the winner.
“The West Coast BBQ Classic will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque,” according to the event page. There will be backyard games, live music courtesy of the country sensation the Scotty Mac Band, along with cobbler eating contests.
SoCal local spots will also be participating in the tasting and competition, like Outta Gas BBQ in Rancho Cucamonga, a team that has been participating in BBQ competitions (including this one) since 2013. The restaurant says it is known for its short rib tacos, serving between 1,200 and 1,500 per contest. According to owner Chris Ades: “Our secret ingredient to taking down the competition is love. Love for the food we make, the customers that stop to see us, and the love that our team has for each other. I know that might sound sappy or cliché, but that is what makes us, us.”
The West Coast BBQ Classic promises to be a fun event. And as Ades says: “Being in the Long Beach Harbor next to The Queen Mary is one of the best places to have a BBQ event – maybe the best place in the whole country! The level of great California BBQ teams that attend make this a real challenge for everyone competing. The opportunity for the public to be able to experience and taste all of the wonderful food there makes for a day you won’t want to miss.”
General value pack tickets are $20 each through April 30 and include event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After April 30, tickets increase to $25 each. VIP value pack tickets are $35 through May and VIP tickets include one-hour early event admission plus five tasting tickets and ship access. After May 1, tickets increase to $40. Event parking is $15.
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