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BBQ Cook-Off – ArkLaTex Ambassadors

Mark your calendars for the Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors’ 7th annual BBQ Cook-off at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, April 26th-27th, 2019. The BBQ Cook off is open to the public from 12-5. Plans are well underway for a weekend of food, music and fun for all ages. Proceeds from the BBQ Cook-off will go towards the Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors’ College Scholarship Essay Contest for Ark-LA-Tex high school seniors.


12:00 noon – Gates Open to Public
12:00-3:30 – People’s Choice Open to Public
12:00-1:30 – Professor Pork Chop & The Dirty Dishes
1:45 – Rib Eating Contest on Main Stage
2:00-2:30 – Kid’s Cook Off Check In – Table at Main Stage
2:15-4:00 – Bayou Gypsy Band on Main Stage

2:30 –  Cooks Meeting – Red Hut
4:00 – Turn In Time & Judging
3:30 – Pick People’s Choice Token Boxes
4:00 – Final People’s Choice Competition
Awards Ceremony Following People’s Finals

Live Entertainment

12:00-1:30 – Bayou Gypsy Band on Main Stage


Free for Kids 12 and Under

Adults $10 General Admission (includes 5 tasting tickets and voting token)

Beverage Tent

Little Grillers / Kid’s Entertainment Area

Beer Barn

$35 Admission Ticket

Open from 12-3 in the Lower Pavilion

Boston Beer Company (Sam Adam’s)

Diamond Bear Brewing

Diageo (Guinness and Smirnoff)

Flying Tiger Brewing

Gambrinus (Shiner)

Heineken USA

MillerCoors (Includes Terrapin and Revolver Now)

FIFCO (Magic Hat)

New Orleans Lager and Ale (NOLA)

Ouachita Brewing

Oregon Brewing Company (Rogue)

Sierra Nevada

*Beer Barn Admission 21 and Over

Use Your Right to Vote! BBQ People’s Choice

Downtown Festival Plaza is alive with the BBQ aroma of award-winning grilling teams! Saturday, April 27, you be the judge for People’s Choice. With your admission, you receive 5 tasting tickets and one voting token for People’s Choice “Belly Buster” award. You can vote for your favorite team by placing the voting token into your favorite team’s box. Each token will be considered as one vote towards the People’s Choice finals. The five teams with the most tokens will advance to the final round in a blind tasting at the Rib Cage (near stage) by a selection of 5 special guest judges. The winner will take home the “Belly Buster” Trophy and the $1,000 prize money!

Enjoy live music entertainment, kid’s area, rib-eating contest, and the new Beer Barn.*

*Beer Barn Admission $35, 21 and Over

Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors’ Grillin for Grads Scholarship

School Nomination Deadline – March 5

High School Seniors are encouraged to submit an entry into the Grillin’ For Grads college scholarship essay contest for the chance to win $1,000 Local high schools nominate students for entry, and the awarding of scholarships is based on the applicant’s essay answering the questions “What does it mean to be an ambassador?” “How can you be an ambassador of the Ark-La-Tex when you go to college?” “What are some things that make you proud of our region and what should we, as a community, promote?

The Ark-La-Tex AmbassadorsBBQ Cook-Off, Inc. a non-profit 501©3, supports the Grillin” for Grads scholarship and has donated $70K to area youth through college funds. Ask your high school counselor or principal for entry form or download entry forms here. All entry forms must be turned into your counselor or principal for admission to us. Do not send to us directly.

Click Here to download the Scholarship Recommendation Form

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