The Backyard BBQ Brawl – Murfreesboro’s Only KCBS-sanctioned BBQ Event

May 12, 2018 – Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Backyard BBQ Brawl is one of Tennessee’s premiere Backyard Events and is a KCBS competitive sanctioned contest. Space is limited and competitors should submit their applications early! The Backyard BBQ Brawl is a community event sponsored by the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club to celebrate the culturally diverse and rich heritage of Tennessee. This annual barbecue cook-off will celebrate the cuisine of fine barbecued meat. The categories of meat will include: Chicken, and Pork Ribs. Each team with pay a entry fee of $175.00, which entitles the team to a 20′ X 20′ of cooking space.

Apply Today, Pay in March, Cook in May

The Backyard BBQ Festival has become a popular KCBS Backyard Competition. With only 40 coveted spaces, we have a full field and waiting list every year. To keep things fair for our competitors, we’re changing registration up in 2018!

Sign up to smoke now!

We know schedules can change and there’s a lot of great BBQ competitions to choose from. So we’re making it easy to reserve your spot. Sign up today and we’ll put your name on the list. Hurry, that list is growing daily.

Pay By March 1

Registration is $175 per team and you can pay anytime before March 1, 2018. If you’re an alternate (we’ll let you know by email), we’ll let you know if a slot opens up. If a top 40 team doesn’t pay by March 1, they go to the end of the line and we start offering alternates the chance to compete for the Boss Hog. We’ll be in constant communication with you over the next few months.

Cook on May 12

The 6th Annual Backyard BBQ Festival will take place on the grounds of Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 12, 2018. You’ll receive more information by email as we come closer to the event. Remember, this is a 2-Meat KCBS-sanctioned Backyard Competition. Our judges only want the best Chicken and Ribs you can muster – Mustard is optional.

People’s Choice Award

This year, we’re upping the challenge with the First-of what we assume to be- Annual People’s Choice Award. For fun and – more importantly – bragging rights, we hope you’ll participate in this pulled-pork show down. We provide the butts, you provide, well, everything else! Participation is completely voluntary, but the fun is mandatory. We’ll communicate the details and mechanics down the road, but for now, just select YES! to participate in this fun side competition.


Competition awards

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Chicken $600 $400 $300 $200 $100
Ribs $600 $400 $300 $200  $100



Cooker’s Application – Due April 25, 2018 –Fill out the online application here

Judge’s Application – Due April 25, 2018 – Sorry, the judging pool if full.