One of the fun events taking place Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando is the Old Town BBQ Throwdown. Championship BBQ teams are already making preparations for the two-day competition that is open to the public, May 25-26 at Old Town in Kissimmee.
The Old Town BBQ Throwdown has professional teams flocking from all over the country to be critiqued by 100% certified judges. The event has been sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Those who come out will get to sample from some world champion barbecue vendors, listen to live music in Kissimmee and take in grilling demonstrations. The family-friendly event in Kissimmee will also have a kids play area and various street performers on-site.
On the line for the pro and amateur pitmasters is $10,000 in guaranteed prize money. There will be five overall money winners and also the top-five place finishers in four different categories, chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butt, will win a payout.
$10k In Prize Money Up For Grabs At Orlando Barbeque Event This Memorial Day Weekend
Last year, Uncle Toad's Competition BBQ took home the overall championship and also placed first in the chicken category. Two of the other more unique competitions that will take place are the People's Choice Pork contest and the sanctioned Steak Cookoff Association championship.
Backyard warriors who are not registered with the FBA can enter to win money as well. There is a $300 purse on the line in their competition, with $100 going to the grand champion and $50 going to winners in each of the four meat groups.
The awards will officially be handed out on Saturday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. The Old Town BBQ Throwdown food vendors and outdoor expo will be open daily from 5-10:30 p.m.
While checking out the competition, attendees can also take in all the shopping, dining options and attractions that Old Town has to offer. The area has been a destination for tourists and locals alike for over 30 years.