Smokin' Showdown Invitational

Smokin’ Showdown Invitational

Location: Central Florida Zoo, 3755 US-17, SANFORD, FL 32771

From: January 14, 2017 at 11:00am to: 10:00pm


The third largest BBQ chain in the country is back with its highly anticipated Smokin’ Showdown Invitational BBQ competition and festival, inviting visitors from across the country to taste BBQ from the nation’s top Pitmaters. On January 14, Sonny’s BBQ is hosting its second annual Smokin’ Showdown Invitational at the Central Florida Zoo.

The Smokin’ Showdown BBQ competition and large-scale festival is designed to bring BBQ enthusiasts from across the country to the heart of Florida for a full day of live music, family fun and delicious BBQ. While attendees watch more than 50 professional BBQ competition teams and taste their award-winning recipes, Smokin’ Showdown attendees may also participate in rib and donut eating contest and enjoy live music at the family friendly festival.

The invitation-only competition brings together the nation’s top Pitmasters in one arena for an epic BBQ battle. Teams are judged on five different meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and a mystery meat, which will be announced at the event. The grand champion team will receive $25,000. The total prize pool totals $68,000.

“The Smokin’ Showdown celebrates what we’re all about; good BBQ and great company,” said Montana Smith, Co-Organizer of Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. “We look forward to seeing these talented Pitmasters showcase their skills in our home state of Florida.”

In addition to the competition, BBQ fans are invited to enter into a sweepstakes for an all-expense-paid VIP trip for two to Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown will host local vendors, family-fun activities and musical performances by top country artists, including Frankie Ballard. The event is $5 for adults, free for kids 10 and under.

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