Join us for the big BBQ on Saturday, February 4th from 10 am – 5:30pm. For the first time ever, we’ll also be selling BBQ at our Friday night Sponsor Party, too! Friday night festivities begin at 6 pm and are open to all. Come down to the club for BBQ, live music and a fantastic party – $10 entry. Stay tuned for more details.
6:30 Sponsor’s Dinner
6:00 Mike Lubeck
7:00 Ben Meyers (Bonfire – all evening)
8:15 The Last Exit Blues Band (Main Tent)
9:50 The Last Exit Blues Band (2nd set)
10:30 Blue Rooster Band
12:00 Almost There
1:30 Glass House Point
2:30 Spirit and the Cosmic Heart
10:30 Jim and Judy’s Big Ass Jam (all day)
12:00, 2:00 Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show
Ben Myers (all day)
This epic BBQ event is held at the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club in Winter Haven. 2400 Havendale Blvd. NW. A free “Park & Ride” service will be provided from Champions Church, located at 1801 Havendale Blvd. NW. Premium parking ($5) also available.
Sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association, this event is an automatic qualifier to the World Food Championships and a qualifier for the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue and the American Royal.
100% of funds raised go directly to Boys and Girls Clubs in Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Haines City. The cost is only a $1 donation (kids 12 & under are free). We rely largely on your generous sponsorships to support the 800 kids we serve every day.
Sponsorships fill the missing gaps in our funding. Even in the face of budget cuts, we always persevere thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters. Become a sponsor! The Friday night sponsor party cannot be missed! Open bar, dinner under the stars, live music, fireworks—the works. On Saturday, $500 and up gives you special access to the our MVP tent. Amenities announced soon.
2017 Professional BBQ Teams
- Nice Racks
- Kenny Nadeau
- Uncle Todd’s Competitive BBQ
- Fantasy Q
- Team Uncle Buck’s
- Golden Gate
- All Fired Up and Kicking Ash
- 2nd Hand Smoke
- Hot Wachulas
- Shanty Town
- Sweet Smoke Q
- Swine Dynasty
- Accutech BBQ
- The BBQ’s Hack Lakeland
- Wink’s Barbeque
- Twisted Texans
- Backyard Bro’s
- Swamp Boys
- Big Daddy Q
- What’s in the Box?
- Chubby’s BBQ
- Belly Up
- Old Man Frank’s
- Family BBQ
- 2 Crackers Cookin
- Skin & Bones
- Smoke Shack
- BJ Mannix
- Kick Yo Butt
- Lazy J
- Krazy Train
- Yep BBQ
- Bull Rush
- Blitzkrieg BBQ
- Hoggy Style BBQ
- Smokin’ & Pokin’
- Pullin’ my Pork
- St. Louis BarBQ
Become a sponsor
Your support makes a difference! All sponsorship levels come with tickets to our Friday night Sponsor Party, event recognition and many other perks. Deadline for banners is January 16th. Your generosity is instrumental.
Is there a better way to spend your Saturday? We don’t think so.
If you need more reasons to give or attend, check out this video.
Goes to the Club
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What's happening on Friday night?
The Friday before Smoke on the Water has always been our big party to honor our amazing sponsors. This year, we’re also giving the public a chance to purchase some fantastic BBQ before Saturday’s competition! Admission to purchase BBQ and check out some great bands is $10 donation to the club. Gates open at 6:00 pm. This year’s Sponsor’s Dinner will be served in the Main Tent at 6:30 pm, followed by a lakefront bonfire bash. We’ll have some amazing live music from the Last Exit Blues Band and Ben Myers, a cash bar, fireworks and more. No coolers or pets allowed.
What's the music lineup?
6:30 – Sponsor dinner starts
7:00 – Ben Meyers playing at bonfire for public
8:40 – Fireworks
8:50 – The Last Exit Blues Band 1st set (Main Tent)
9:50 – The Last Exit Blues Band 2nd set
Lake side bonfire with Ben Myers the whole evening
10:30 – Blue Rooster Band
12:00 – The Next Level Band
1:30 – Glass House Point
2:30 – Spirit and the Cosmic Heart
3:45 – Soul2Earth
5:00 – Teams BBQ Contest Winner Awards Ceremony
LAKE FRONT STAGE:
10: 30 – Jim and Judy’s Big Ass Jam all day (except during ski shows)
12:00 and 2 PM Cypress Gardens Water Ski
BON FIRE STAGE:
Ben Myers all day (except during ski shows)
How much does the BBQ competition cost?
Admission to the Smoke on the Water team event is only a $1.00 donation. Premier Parking (Garner Elementary and Oakridge Funeral Home) is $5.00. Donations welcome!
Who will be competing?
This Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event will have over 80 teams from across the Country competing for over $11,000 in cash and prizes. We have been selected as an automatic qualifier for the World Food Championships, the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational and the American Royal! This goes along with being a Florida qualifier for the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.
Where can I park?
The free “Park & Ride” service from Champions Church (1801 Havendale Blvd NW) is a hassle-free way to get in and out of the event. We’ll have buses running back and forth every few minutes throughout the day. We expect around 20,000 people to attend. Using the free park and ride is strongly encouraged!
For $5.00, you can take advantage of “Premium Parking” at the following two locations:
Garner Elementary: 2500 Havendale Blvd. NW
Oakridge Funeral Home: 2425 Havendale Blvd. NW
We had a fantastic time last year. Raised some money. Raised some spirits. Raised some smokers up to blistering heats in the service of some of the best BBQ in the South. Where there’s a wet-nap, there’s a way. Do not miss this event!