Welcome to the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge!
Located in Boulder City, Nevada's Historic Bicentennial Park – thirty minutes from the Las Vegas strip and 15 minutes from Hoover Dam – the Best Dam Barbecue is an event you don't want to miss!
Since 2005, being a part of this two day fun-filled event has become a tradition not only for thousands of guests, but for our vendors and our barbecue challengers – many of whom travel in from California, Arizona, Utah and Montana to participate.
The Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is held each Memorial Day Weekend – so mark your calendars for Friday, May 27th from 4pm – 10pm and Saturday, May 28th from 9am – 6pm.
This event is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Boulder City — but is FREE TO THE PUBLIC, so please come on out for one or both days and join us for all the fun!
Professional Barbecue Team Competition
A Nevada State Championship Event
Up to 41 barbecue teams begin rolling in and setting up their smokers 2 days before handing in their culinary masterpieces to our panel of professionally trained barbecue judges in this Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) – sanctioned barbecue competition.
Teams tend their entries not only throughout both days of the event, but throughout the night in between in order to compete for their share of $12,000 in cash prizes that are awarded to the highest ranking entries in the four individual categories of Ribs, Pork, Brisket, and Chicken and the Overall Competition rankings.
And as if the cash, prizes and trophies weren't incentive enough for our challengers to grill like they've never grilled before, the Best Dam Barbecue has been designated by the State of Nevada as the "Nevada State Barbecue Championship" and the Grand Champion (taking 1st Place in the Overall Competition category) is automatically qualified for the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue (aka "The Jack")…one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world!
Award-Winning Barbecue and Delicious Festival Food
Experience the tastiest sights, sounds, and smells of some of the best barbecue in the country. Whether you’re craving a rack of ribs, a pulled pork sandwich, or chicken with all the fixins’, you’re sure to get your fill.
Sample just a few from our selected barbecue vendor booths…or for the brave of heart with the emptiest of stomachs…try them all!
What is a holiday weekend event without taking the time to enjoy all your favorite icy beverages?! Cool off with a frothy draft Budweiser beer, brain-freezing margaritas, icy lemonade or Texas Twisters? And don't forget all of your favorite festival foods, including shaved ice, Dole soft serve, cotton candy, fresh kettle korn, twisted potatoes, nachos, churros, roasted corn on the cob and funnel cakes smothered in berries and whipped cream. Whatever your guilty pleasure – enjoy it while you stroll through the Best Dam Car Show, the Marketplace, the Pro Barbecue Team booths or in the Family Fun Zone!
We are pleased to announce the return of Marketplace Booths to the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge event this year.
Our Marketplace booths will be located in the center of the event ... Bicentennial Park. From glitter tattoos and fashion wear to barbecue tool and products, the Marketplace features a wide varity of vendors showcasing their products for you to see, taste, try and buy!
Family Fun Zone
What more do the kids want to do on Memorial Day weekend but slip, slide, climb and bounce the day away?
Each year, the Family Fun Zone grows in size and popularity as new features, games, and rides are added to provide safe and fun activities for the entire family.
Whether it is rolling down the slippery chutes of the giant inflatable slide, climbing to the peak of the Mountain climbing Rock Wall, bouncing off the walls of the Giant Bounce House — you can be sure the Verizon Family Fun Zone will be filled with safe and fun things to do — all in an area set aside so you can allow your children to enjoy their afternoon in the park as much as you do!
Best Dam Car Show
From mild to wild, shiny to grungy, antiques to classics…countless participants from around the entire Las Vegas valley will come together for the return of the Annual Best Dam Car Show at this year’s Barbecue Challenge!
Every year, we expand the car show into a bigger and better event than it has ever been before…it will be something not to be missed! With cars from the early 1900′s to the latest hot cars of today, the Best Dam Car Show attracts those who like to show their cars and those who want to buy or sell the ‘iron’ they own or want. The show will have fully restored classics and wild customs of every sort…it’s a lot of fun to see what our participants have been able to do with the ‘ol grocery-getter!
Come out to Boulder City on Memorial Day Weekend to see Bowties, Blue Ovals, HorseFeathers, T’s and lowboys…and even a plastic ground pounder from time to time. There will be several ‘Vettes, and a Corvair or two…this event has lots of fun, plenty of chrome and every color of the rainbow. Heck, we might even have a few hogs to show ya…besides the ones on the grills!
Musical Entertainment & DJ Dance Party
A variety of local artists entertain our guests with their live acoustical guitar performances on both Friday and Saturday, so bring a blanket and some chairs, find a shady spot underneath a tree in the park and plan to enjoy your day.
On Friday night, our DJ Mike Pacini takes over the stage and spins a wide variety of great music – so you can stay in your chairs or jump up and dance the night away.
From Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and the Beach Boy’s “All Summer Long” to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Glory Days” from The Boss…our playlist will surely help you kick off your summer!
The Annual KidsQue Grilling Lesson & Competition
Just ask our Challenge Competitors…it’s NEVER too early to learn how to grill the best barbecue this side of the Mason-Dixon line! An extremely popular event that began in 2010, the Annual KidsQue Challenge is for the fun and advancement of barbecuing skills for kids from 6 to 17 years of age.
Because we want all of the kids to have a fun and safe experience, the KidsQue Challenge is divided into two distinct age groups (ages 6 – 12 and ages 13 – 17) and challengers with all levels of cooking experience (from beginners to old pros) are encouraged to participate on teams of up to 2 kids.
The First Place Award is $200 for each age group, plus a trophy…so we invite and encourage you and your kids to come and be a part of this fun event!!
Police vs. Firefighter Department's Rib-Eating Contest
Game On!!! Last year’s inauguration of the Best Dam Rib Eating Contest between the Boulder City Fire Department and the Boulder City Police Department was a huge success…and a messy one!
A team of two members from the Fire Department and a team of two members from the Police Department were each given a half rack of ribs to consume as quickly as humanly possible…with the fastest team being declared the contest winner.
The Police Department has emerged victorious in our 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 challenges, so it’s been a looooooonnng time since the Fire Department has been able to display the rotating trophy with pride at their station! Come join us to cheer on your favorite department and see who will be victorious in 2016!