The West Coast BBQ Classic will return to The Queen Mary for the fourth consecutive year where teams will fire up their grills to compete for the coveted title of “West Coast’s Best BBQ.”
The waterfront event will feature sweet and savory BBQ tastings, live music, contests, and games guaranteed to create an afternoon of finger lickin’ fun for all ages.
Stay tuned for ticket and event information, coming soon.
$ 260.00 entry fee will include your space for Friday and Saturday plus electricity (20 Amps) and access to a running water. Cooking spaces are 20’X30’ (extra space & electricity available upon request – may be subject to add’l charge). Your entry fee will include all categories (Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket and Tasting) of the contest. Space is limited. Teams must provide all necessary supplies for contest except where noted below. Set up starts at 8AM on Friday, May 8, 2014. Prize Purse for the contest is $10,000.00 in cash, plus trophies
On Saturday, May 10, teams fired up their grills to compete for the coveted title of “West Coast’s Best BBQ.” The waterfront event featured sweet and savory BBQ tastings, live music, contests, and games that created an afternoon of finger lickin’ fun for all ages.
Watch our video from 2014 | Photos too
The competition was an official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned BBQ Championship that honored BBQ styles and flavors from all regions of the U.S. Judges critiqued portions of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket to determine the winners of each corresponding category. Event-goers cheered on their favorites during the awards ceremony, with first place winners in each category taking home a $500 cash prize. The prestigious title of The Grand Champion went to Jet Coatings-Monkey Style BBQ of Los Angeles, which took home the $2,500 grand prize and invitations to future cook offs.
“This is the first time I’ve won Grand Champion,” said Michael Wheeler of Jet Coatings-Monkey Fuel. “It’s a lot of hard work and good times, and winning today is an amazing feeling. Bringing people together for an event like this is what BBQ is all about.”
In addition to presenting a variety of succulent BBQ samplings, this year’s West Coast BBQ Classic shattered multiple event records. Numbers excelled in the areas of attendance, team entries, and people’s choice tickets, resulting in the most successful WCBC to date. Bigmista’s BBQ, When Pigs Fly BBQ & Catering, and Bad Boy Barrel BBQ were only a handful of teams to sample their cuts. Teams distributed multiple tasting portions that included pulled pork, pork tacos, ribs, beans, chicken, and “moink” balls –bacon wrapped meatballs that combine “moo” and “oink” into one delectable bite.
The West Coast BBQ Classic generated a family-friendly atmosphere not only for attendees, but for participants as well. Family owned BBQ’s populated the WCBC, including Rooftop BBQ from Lake Elsinore that have attended the event since its inaugural appearance at The Queen Mary in 2012.
Live music from Sawtooth and Robert John & The Wreck emanated from the main event stage, which stood before the picturesque Long Beach skyline and harbor area. Specialty vendors and niche food stands offered everything from desserts to one-of-a-kind clothing, and Jack Daniels and Heineken were on hand to cater to the 21+ crowd. The event also featured backyard games, watermelon and cobbler eating contests, and a kid’s country with a bounce house and jumbo connect four game.
The Fourth Annual West Coast BBQ Classic will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Top winners in each category of the WCBBC include:
1st Place Grand Champion – Jet Coatings-Monkey Style BBQ
2nd Place Reserve Grand Champion – Zzyzx BBQ
Chicken – Toot and Stinky’s BBQ
Pork Ribs – All Hogs Sauces Up BBQ
Pork – Porterhouse BBQ
Brisket – Left Coast Q
People’s Choice – Twisted Brisket