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Church Cooking Teams

Experience classic Owensboro barbecue as local church cooking teams sell their secret recipes that have become famous at their annual picnics, including BBQ sandwiches, chicken plates, burgoo by the cup or gallon, and more. Food sales will begin at Noon on Friday, May 10. Thank you to Atmos Energy, the sponsor of the Church Cooking Teams and the Backyard Cookoff!

Backyard Cookoff

The Backyard Cook-Off is an opportunity for backyard barbecue chefs to fire up their grills and smokers to compete among the best in the region! More than 40 cooking teams compete for pride and prizes as they apply their home-grown skills to cook up some of the best beef, chicken, and pork you’ll ever taste. Awards are presented in each category, and an overall Backyard Cook Grand Champion is selected.

Interested in participating in the 2024 Backyard Cook-off? Check out our guidelines and entry form for more information!

BBQ & Food Trucks

Bring your appetite! Dozens of barbecue vendors and food trucks will take over 2nd Street in downtown Owensboro. BBQ and Barrels will feature the best barbecue in the region. Check back for a listing of all participating vendors!

For more information on becoming a vendor at 2024 BBQ & Barrels, check out our vendor application.