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May 10, 2014 | Waterfront Queen Mary Events Park | 11AM – 6PM

Grill masters from around the country will gather at the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park to compete for the title of West Coast’s BEST BBQ. Let your taste buds rage over which barbecue style is king. Prefer Memphis to Texas or savory to sweet? You be the judge at the 3rd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic.

Join us for a smokin’ hot day of grillin', fillin’ n’ chillin.'

An official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned, BBQ Championship; WCBC will bring together Southern California's most accomplished Champion Pitmasters. They will converge at the historic Queen Mary for a one-day BBQ showdown to compete for a CASH prize and be crowned the 3rd annual West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion. This finger lickin' family fun festival features: delicious BBQ tastings, live music, backyard games, kids' country, a merchant market and an awards ceremony for our victors.

Whether you are a barbecue aficionado, a backyard amateur, a person who appreciates great food or just looking for something to do with the whole family, West Coast BBQ Classic will have something for everyone.


General Admission: $10 online/$15 at the door
Child (4-11): $5 (Children 3 and under are free)
Parking: $12
BBQ Tasting Tickets: $2 each (NO REFUNDS)

Eating Contests

Channel your inner Kobayashi and enter our Watermelon Eating Contest or our Cobbler Eating Contest.

Time: 2PM
Location: Main Stage
Cost: $20
Prize: One-night stay aboard the Queen Mary
Limit 20 contestants
Time: 4:30PM
Location: Main Stage
Cost: $20
Prize: One-night stay aboard the Queen Mary
Limit 20 contestants

Hotel Package

Package includes two (2) GA tickets to the West Coast BBQ Classic and a one-night stay aboard the Historic Queen Mary.


Give your mouth a break and let your ears take over...enjoy some awesome tunes from Sawtooth and Robert Jon & the Wreck.

Time: 11:15AM - 12:15PM & 12:30 - 1:30PM
Borne from a collision of the local roots music scene and Long Beach bluegrass, Sawtooth serves up a mean slice of Americana. Bassist Ray Echlin hand-picked this motley, all-star cast to form an unbroken circle of musicians that play sounds from the heart of Texas to deepest Appalachia and everywhere in between. Featuring the songwriting talents of Lu Urquidi and Sean Blake, their live sets are peppered with strong original offerings along with nostalgic classics. For more information, visit their website.

Time: 2:45 - 4:15PM
Grab yourself a cold one and get ready to move as Orange County’s reigning “Best Live Band,” Robert Jon & the Wreck, ignite the stage at this year’s West Coast BBQ Classic.

Fully charged after their “Rhythm of the Road” 16-city tour, the Wreck’s dynamic presence and lionhearted rock-n-roll will make your mouth water as much as the BBQ fare that brought you here. For more information, visit their website.

Team Registration SOLD OUT

Online registration is NOW open. Fee includes entrance into all 4 categories (Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket) plus the coveted People's Choice, a reserved 20'x30' cooking space, 20 Amps of Power, access to potable water. Extra electricity available at additional cost. Spaces will be assigned as entry forms are received; however, teams participating in "People's Choice" get priority.

All 60 teams have been filled. If you would like to be added to our waiting list or considered for next year's event, please email us at:

Grand Champion: $2,500
Reserve Grand Champion: $1,500
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd place: $300
4th Place: $200
5th Place: $100
Friday, May 9 Team Schedule
7:30 AM - Setup
8:00 AM - Meat Inspection
9:00 AM - Teams start to cook
5:00 PM - Cooks Meeting
Saturday, May 10 Team Schedule
10:30 AM - Judges Meeting
11:00 AM - Gates open to public
12:00 PM - Chicken turn in
12:00 PM - Tasting Begins
12:30 PM - Ribs turn in
1:00 PM - Pork turn in
1:30 PM - Brisket turn in
5:00 PM - Awards Presentation

Teams who participate in tastings will keep $0.91 from each tasting ticket turned in at the conclusion of the Event. Any deductions such as cost of extra meat and/or permits per team will be deducted during settlement at the conclusion of the Event. Producers will cover all upfront cost. Settlement will take place in the judge’s tent at the conclusion of the event.

We mandate each team participating in ‘Tasting’ to follow the guidelines set forth by the Long Beach Department of Health’s “Temporary Food Facility Requirements.” A checklist found here. We ask that all teams review these guidelines in advance and take all necessary precautions.

Vendor Information - SOLD OUT

Sell your merchandise at our BBQ event. For $199, vendors receive a 10x10 Space, 1-20 Amp Outlet, 1 Parking and 2 Vendor Passes...Deadline for Entry: 5/6/14. Online sign ups coming soon!
Optional add-ons include: Chairs: $4, 8' Table: $15, Additional Outlet: $2

All vendor spotshave been filled. If you would like to be added to our waiting list or considered for next year's event, please email us at:

Ticket Info/Help:

Event Info:
(562) 499-1771



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