Everyone knows that barbeque is better in Texas. Whether your mouth waters for hot-off-the-grill burgers, brisket, turkey, sausage or something else, no other place in the country can compete with our barbeque. So what happens when the best of the best come together to battle it out for top barbeque recognition? The result is the Big D BBQ Battle, held right here in Addison Circle Park! If you enjoy the most delicious barbecue you’ve ever had, beer, live music and fun, then you can’t miss the Big D BBQ Battle on June 9 and 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hosted by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Big D BBQ Battle is a barbecue cook-off where people from all of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex come together to fire up their smokers and compete for prizes in many categories, including best brisket, ribs and beans. For everyone else, it’s a time to enjoy hot, delicious food.
“The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce hosts a gathering of barbeque cooking teams that is representative of the business community from the North Dallas area,” explained Geoeffery Williams, director of membership information for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. “This barbeque cook-off competition brings the best brisket, ribs, pork and pinto beans to the table in an all-out battle for bragging rights to the ‘Best BBQ in North Dallas.’ We feel that the Big D BBQ Battle adds a valuable layer to the already vibrant event landscape that the Town of Addison hosts every year. There is something for everyone – young and old!”
Attendees to this event will enjoy barbeque samples from more than 40 cooking teams competing, featuring local meat by Local Yocal Farm to Market. Also included in your general admission ticket are three craft beers of your choice from local breweries, including: Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Four Corners Brewing Co., Oak Highlands Brewery and Tupps Brewery. Central Market is also providing bottled water and other refreshments.
While enjoying your beer and meat, you can also listen to live music by Atlantis Aquarius and Vincent Neil Emerson. Other entertainment options include visiting the Capital One Car Show Midway and the Kids Zone.
“Local bands, local barbeque, local beer and local business – this event catches all aspects of the business community of the North Dallas Corridor while giving back to the community with great service to two outstanding nonprofit organizations,” said Williams. “It is incumbent upon the Chamber to be a leading force for economic drive in Dallas, to remain connected to the people living here, and to be involved with as many good programs doing great work. We are all pulling in the same direction to make North Dallas area a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
One of the nonprofit organizations this event benefits is Café Momentum. This nonprofit restaurant and culinary training facility helps at-risk young people who have spent time in juvenile facilities. It teaches them intensive culinary, job and life-skill training. It also provides them with mentorship and support to help them reach their full potential. During the program, young men and women learn about every aspect of the restaurant to give them self-confidence and marketable skills for the future.
The other nonprofit organization the Big D BBQ Battle benefits is Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to assisting the families of fallen first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Since it was created in 2002, the foundation has helped 43 families with financial support. Guns and Hoses also contributes to children’s charities supported by local police and fire departments.
Tickets for the Big D BBQ Battle are available online. The Friday VIP Steak 101 Experience is $95, and is on Friday at 6 p.m. You will get an entertaining evening dining with barbeque aficionados with Local Yocal’s entertaining owner, Matt Hamilton. This also includes a plated dinner with a variety of choice beef cuts, sides and dessert and a VIP Swag Bag. Or you can get Saturday General Admission tickets for $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 (5 and younger is free). These tickets let you into the event at 5 p.m., and they include beverages, food, music, car show and Kids Zone. Finally, you can order the Saturday VIP tickets for $40. These tickets let you into the event at 5 p.m., and give you access to the VIP Beer Garden sponsored by Gadberry General Contracting and Construction with a curated VIP-only craft beer and swag in addition to the same perks as the general admission tickets.
“Cooking great barbeque and providing good charity to our neighbors in need is part of the essential DNA of Texans,” said Roger Davis, senior vice president of Bank of America, who is participating in the Big D BBQ Battle. “To bring the two together is a natural expression of our love for both. The Big D BBQ Battle is the best example of blending service, cooking and business with a cause together in the North Texas Area.”
Stuffing yourself with amazing food and enjoying a beautiful summer weekend in Addison is the best way to start the summer. Buy your tickets today to ensure your spot in this delicious event – your taste buds will thank you later.