Pitmasters take to the field at TIAA Bank Field for Jacksonville’s inaugural BBQ Festival December 10-12


With the Jaguars in Nashville this weekend, top pitmasters from Texas to Missouri to Tennessee, New York and Florida take control of TIAA Bank Field for the inaugural Jacksonville BBQ Festival Friday through Sunday.

In addition to serving a variety of barbecue favorites, pitmasters will take three steps to present and share recipes on how to cook everything from barbecue pizza and smoked turkey breast to steak tacos, prime rib roast and more.

On Pit Row, guests can enjoy a barbecue (ranging from $ 5 to $ 9) or choose the Q Pit Pass ($ 82.50) for an all-you-can-eat barbecue and free drinks (including beer, wine, cocktails ) from one of the four Q Pit lounges during one of the six 2.5 hour sessions during the three day event. Make sure to bring a credit or debit card, however. This is a cashless event.

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Participating pitmasters include:

  • Matt Abdoo & Shane McBride of Pig Beach BBQ (Brooklyn, NY): Lamb Shoulder Cucumber Salad

  • Joe Adeeb from Bono’s Pit Bar-BQ (Jacksonville): Bo Hawg Slider, Homemade Sausage and Brunswick Stew

  • Mike Christina and Christina Fitzgerald of Sugarife Smokehouse (St. Louis): Spare Ribs and Potato Salad

  • Mike Emerson and John Matthews of Pappy’s Smokehouse (St. Louis): STL Spare Ribs and Baked Beans

  • Tim Scheer of Blues Hog Barbecue (Washington, Mo.): Pork shoulder slider, nachos loaded with pulled pork and pineapple salad

  • Todd Johns of Ploughboys BBQ (Blue Springs, Mo.): Kansas City Burnt Ends, Lamb Ribs, and Hatch Chili Mac & Cheese

  • Grant Pinkerton from Pinkerton’s Barbecue (Houston): Texan beef brisket and Cajun corn

  • Esaul Ramos and Joe Melig from 2M Smokehouse (San Antonio): Texas prime rib and sweet red cabbage salad

  • Mark Renaud from Sundown Smokehouse (New Smyrna Beach, Florida): Smoked Wings and Fire & Ice Pickles

  • John David Wheeler of Memphis Barbecue Company (Memphis): STL Ribs & Baked Beans

The festival is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Parking, available in lot J, costs $ 10. For more information, visit the event’s website, bbqfestjax.com.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville BBQ Festival: Pitmasters Serves BBQ At TIAA Bank Field


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