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Events | Don’t Miss the Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The 8th annual Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival returns on Saturday, March 25, 2017 to fill the downtown Chandler air with the fragrant aroma of finger licking good grub. This year will be the largest and best year yet with country star, Easton Corbin set to headline the entertainment, expanded event areas, and over 60 BBQ and food vendors from across the country serving up over 20,000 pounds of mouth-watering BBQ paired with 200 kegs of the state’s finest craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company.

8TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN BARBECUE AND BEER FESTIVALWho’s BBQ Can You Expect to Sample at the Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival

Bama BBQ 4 Ever Catering | brisket bbq nachos, brisket sliders, southern slaw and beans
Bobby Q | brisket, baby back ribs, slaw
Bourbon Jacks | bbq pork sandwich, mac & cheese, coleslaw
Boccafina BBQ | tri-tip, sausages, pulled pork, chicken, mac & cheese
Cookin’ Up the Good Stuff | gator, frog legs, chicken, deep fried pickles
Doughlicious | BBQ chicken pizza
Eddie Dee’s | macho wachos, hot links, cheese curds, chili cheese fries
Frashers Smokehouse | pulled pork and butter gooey cake
Grill King | rib tips, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw
Hitching Post | kabobs, loaded potatoes, pulled pork, brisket and chicken sandwiches
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q | pulled pork, ribs and mac & cheese
Honey Bear’s BBQ | pulled pork, rib tips, St. Louis spare ribs, fries, beans, mac & cheese
JJ’s Louisiana BBQ | ribs, chicken, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans
Montana Bar B Q | filet mignon wrapped in bacon, tri-tip, chipotle chicken, pork shoulder, ribs
Outlaw BBQ | brisket, pork, chicken, ribs
Papa Jackson Bar B Q | baby back ribs, chicken, polish sausage, peach cobbler
Porkopolis BBQ | tacos, burnt ends, ribs, smoked chicken wings
Q Up! BBQ | bbq, various
Sally’s BBQ | pork, beef, ribs, roasted corn
SanTan Brewing Company | chopped brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, mac & cheese,
Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse | smoked chicken, wings, hot links, ribs, sides
Tom’s BBQ | ribs, brisket, chicken, bbq nachos, mac & cheese
Up in Smoke BBQ | brisket, pulled pork, chicken, St. Louis ribs, beans and raspberry coleslaw
Waldo’s BBQ & Catering | pulled pork, chicken, brisket, St. Louis ribs, slaw and beans
West Alley BBQ | ribs, pork, chicken, slaw and beans
Wild Steak | rabbit, rattlesnake, wild boar and pheasant sausage, exotic meat burgers
Word of Mouth Grill | pulled pork nachos, chicken wings

There’s more to the Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival than just BBQ

While barbecue and beer are sure to be the stars of the show, you can also indulge in brats, pretzels, ice cream, pie, cupcakes, berry kabobs, gelato, fry bread, churros, hot dogs, beef jerky, key lime pie bars, corn dogs, kettle corn, lemonade and more. You’ll also be able to enjoy a full day of country music, a lounge perfect for watching March Madness, grilling demonstrations, a kids zone, eating competition zone, a local band stage, mechanical bull riding, jumbo lawn games, a farmers market and over 100 exhibitors. With so many options there are a ton of things to keep you entertained and fed all day.

Presale general admission tickets are available for $15 online and will be $20 at the gate the day of the Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival. During online presale, active duty and retired military persons may purchase up to four general admission tickets for 50% off. To redeem, purchaser MUST show valid military ID at time of entry into event. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free. All food and beverage are sold individually and are not included in the price of admission.

VIP passes are available for $175 for a limited time. VIP admission includes six alcoholic beverages, catered food, private seating and restrooms, front stage access, and shaded areas, open to adults 21+ only. Visit www.chandlerbbq.com for more info and to purchase tickets online.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival official sponsors include; Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Bashas’, SanTan Brewing Company, BreakThru Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador Tequila, Deep Eddy Vodka, KNIX 102.5, Bar & Restaurant Insurance, Cox Communication, Phoenix New Times, Poore Brothers, Diamond Resorts, Alta Steel Yard Lofts, Bravo Tipping, Aztec Satellite, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, BBQ Island, Navy Federal Credit Union, Ride Now, Yellow Cab, Earnhardt Ford, Ride Now, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, City of Chandler, Yelp, and Zia Records who all remind you to enjoy BBQ and beer responsibly.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage free homes, post traumatic stress disorder counseling, adaptive clothing and much more.


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© Taryn Jeffries 2017

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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