After much discussion and through an abundance of caution, the executive board of the Hammond BBQ Challenge has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event which was scheduled for March 27th & 28th.

All teams and vendors who have paid registration will receive an email in the coming days with refund options. Tickets for this year’s BBQ Pit raffle will still be available for purchase at Reeve’s True Value in Hammond. We will draw the winner on March 27th and announce on our Facebook page. Though we are saddened by this decision, we feel this was the most responsible course of action.

We will be back in 2021!

Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge

More Than 50 KCBS TEAMS from around the U.S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in Cash & Prizes.
KCBS Contest

The KCBS Contest draws more than 50 traveling professional BBQ teams and judges from all over the country. These teams will mix in with local teams that want to “show their stuff” against the best BBQ teams in the nation.

Backyard Boogie Contest

The “Backyard Boogie” is a contest for the BBQ enthusiast who wants to prove to his friends that he/she has what it takes to be the best of the best in our local hometown competition cooking both chicken, pork ribs, & sauce.

Chicken Little Contest

The “Chicken Little” BBQ event pits children from the ages of 6 –16 in a contest to see who can BBQ the best chicken in Hammond.

Tip 2 Taste

Looking to try some delicious BBQ? You can, by being a participating judge in our Tip-2-Taste competition. Sample as many participanting booths as you like and leave a tip at each booth. The team with the most tips is our winner!

Craft Vendors

Craft vendors are welcome to attend. Booth fees support local charitable organizations.

All proceeds benefit local charities.

The Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge is an event dedicated to many causes.
It's about the BBQ ... but it's all for charity.

Every March, thousands of BBQ lovers descend upon Downtown for the Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge. Bringing together beer aficionados, bbq enthusiasts and fun lovers alike, everyone comes for a good time. However, one of the most important aspects of the Competition is more significant than beer, bbq, and entertainment. Our local charities benefit from this contest, one of the largest events in Hammond, Louisiana.

The Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge began in 2003 as a competition that would help fundraise for local organizations, specifically TARC, which serves those with disabilities. In its first year, the event raised $10,000 for the organization and has since expanded its reach to other non-profits and has raised north of $50,000 in past years. Hammond BBQ, Inc. is the non-profit association governing the event. Competitions include the professional main event, the local Backyard Challenge and a children's division.

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Thank you to those who support Hammond's Smokin' BBQ Challenge.