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Kentucky State BBQ Festival Danville


BBQ invites to eat the best BBQ you’ll ever find with the biggest names in the BBQ biz cooking for YOU this weeekend at the” 2nd Ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival ” in Danville Kentucky Sept. 8-9 !

This year, is proud to be the official online media sponsor of the Kentucky State BBQ Festival, and we’re including some of our own video segments from last year’s 2011 Fest below!

Come join us as 6 Champion BBQ Pitmasters, 9 bands, BBQ Cooking  Demos, and a huge kid’s entertainment area come together for the benefit of Heart of Kentucky United Way in Danville, Kentucky!

All the events are happening Constitution Square in Downtown Danville and admission and parking are free! All you gotta do is come taste and buy the BBQ, reasonably priced.

Last year, over 25,000 people attended and we’re expecting quite a crowd again this year. Don’t worry, there is plenty o’BBQ for all of y’all.

The 2nd Ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival benefits Heart of Kentucky United Way. It will  be held at Constitution Square in Downtown Danville, KY on Sept. 8 & 9, 2012 and features Pitmasters who have won on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters as well as three time Memphis  in May champion Melissa Cookston.

This is an eating festival and a rare opportunity to taste BBQ from these pitmasters as many BBQ events are only reserved for judges.


Here’s who is cooking for us..

Memphis  May Champion Melissa Cookston of Memphis BBQ Co. of Horn Lake, MS,  TLC BBQ Pitmasters finalists Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ, Des Moines, IA and Craig  Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ, DeLand, FL, Carey Bringle, the Peg Leg Porker from Nashville, TN, Shelly Hunt of Desperado’s BBQ of Angola, NY and Brad and Cindy Simmons  of Lucky Dog BBQ of Danville, KY.

Saturday: 11AM-10PM

Danville KY BBQ Festival
11:00 AM 11:15 AM Opening Ceremony Main Stage
11:15 AM 12:15 PM Big Poppa Stampley Main Stage
12:30 PM 1:00 PM Competition Chicken Demo Demo Stage
1:00 PM 4:00 PM People’s Choice People’s Choice
1:15 PM 2:15 PM Alien Blue Main Stage
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Make Great Ribs Demo Demo Stage
3:30 PM 4:30 PM Oh My Me Main Stage
4:00 PM People’s Choice Closes People’s Choice
4:45 PM 5:15 PM Make Great Pork BBQ Demo Demo Stage
5:30 PM 6:00 PM Make Great Brisket Demo Demo Stage
Saturday Night Blues Party
6:15 PM 7:15 PM Little T&A Main Stage
7:30 PM 8:30 PM Sonny Yingst Band Main Stage
8:45 PM 8:55 PM Door Prize Drawings Main Stage
9:00 PM 10:00 PM The Stella Vees Main Stage

Sunday: 11AM-6PM

Carey Bringle Cooking BBQ
11:00 AM Festival Opens
11:15 AM 12:00 PM Tailgating on the Pit Demo Stage
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Holiday on the Pit Demo Stage
01:00 PM 2:00 PM The Mojos Main Stage
2:15 PM 2:30 PM Bean Eating Contest Main Stage
2:30 PM 2:45 PM Hog Calling Contest Main Stage
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Custom Made Bluegrass Main Stage
4:15 PM 4:45 PM Award Announcements,
Big Green Egg Raffle Drawing
and Door Prize Drawings
Main Stage
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Long Tall Deb Main Stage
6:00 PM Festival Closes
See You Next Year!

Moe Cason

Ponderosa BBQ Team
Des Moines, IA

Moe was a finalist on Season 2 of BBQ Pitmasters Competition for the $100,000 Grand Prize and the Kingsford Cup trophy.

Moe Cason

Pitmaster Moe Cason, Ponderosa BBQ Team


Melissa Cookston

Yazoo Delta Q
Nesbit, MS

Melissa Cookston

Melissa Cookston of Yazoo Delta Q, BBQ Nesbit, MS

She says she is often referred to as “The Queen of BBQ.” However, she doesn’t eat BBQ very often, but she loves to cook it! Melissa recently won Grand Champion at Memphis in May and won a round of BBQ Pitmasters dubbed as BBQ Pitmasters best show ever. She is the most successful female competitive Pitmaster in BBQ history.

Shelly Hunt

Desperados Barbecue
Angola, NY

Award-winning Pitmaster Shelly Hunt of Desperados Barbecue in Angola, NY cooks on a Genuine Friedrich Smokehouse.

Shelly Hunt BBQ

Pitmaster Shelly Hunt BBQ

Carey Bringle

Peg Leg Porkers BBQ Team
West Tennessee

Carey Bringle BBQ

Pitmaster Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porkers BBQ Team

With deep-seated roots in the West Tennessee BBQ culture, Carey developed an appreciation for BBQ at a young age. Having parents who grew up in Memphis, it was inevitable. To say that his family had a passion for it is an understatement. He always knew he would cook BBQ.

In 2008, his Peg Leg Porker Memphis Wet Sauce was named the #2 BBQ sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Over the past few years, “I have been honored to cook for many special events at the request of my good friends the Lobel family, owners of Lobel’s of New York. These events have included Croton under the Stars, Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best Of’ party and Food & Wine Magazine’s ‘Classic at Aspen’. Most recently, I was a featured Pitmaster at BBQ I.Q., the first ever BBQ event hosted by Blackberry Farm, Travel and Leisure Magazine’s #1 rated resort in North America for 2011.”










Craig Kimmel


Firehouse BBQ, Deland, Florida

Craig has been competing in BBQ contests for 12 years. He has won 12 Grand Championships and over 200 awards for his barbecue. His proudest accomplishments include 3rd place Brisket and 5th in Pork at the 2007 Jack Daniels World Championship and the 2010 TLC BBQ Pitmasters Best Brisket & Seafood. For more info, see the Craig Kimmel page at

Craig Kimmel, Firehouse BBQ

Pitmaster Craig Kimmel, Firehouse BBQ

Videos filmed and edited by Patrick Kramer, hosted and produced by Tom Fischer Copyright 2011 and Oxford Dreamer LLC assume no liability arising from attendance, consumption of BBQ or any other connected claims as a result of your potential attendance at the KY State BBQ FEstival or any event we promote on this site, our affiliate sites, social media sites etc.


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