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Pacific Northwest BBQ Association

The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of barbecue in the Northwest.The PNWBA is committed to educating the public in the furtherance and development of authentic barbecue knowledge through cooking classes, judging classes, and competition barbecue cooking events. Our organization is managed by a Board of Directors who are made up completely with volunteers.

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Welcome to the new Pacific Northwest BBQ Association website, launched in early 2020. To better serve our members, we have now integrated our membership and event systems with our website. 

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Upcoming events

    • 08/29/2021
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • 1206 Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA 98208
    Register

    Famous Dave's Washington State Championship IN Everett, WA

    Event Date: Sunday, August 29th, 2021

    Limited to 25 Teams. After 25 teams, additional will be waitlisted. Waitlisted teams will be accepted as additional space is available based on team count.

    Due to the changes in the Canadian border policies, it appears that Canadian teams who have been vaccinated can come into the US and return without quarantine. Please check the Canadian and US border sites for confirmation.

    Registration Deadline - August 20th, 2021

    As this is a fully sanctioned 1-day lite cook, it should be a Jack qualifier if we have 15 teams turning in ALL entries.

    Event Sponsor:

    • Famous Dave's Barbeque

    Event Management:

    • Organizer: Saffron Hodgson
    • PNWBA Board Representative: Jason Bauer
    • PNWBA Head Judges: Lance Rasmussen & Steve Rubin

    Contact info:
    Lance Rasmussen – 206-601-2337 cell / message / text. Email: lance@pnwba.com
    Steve Rubin - 206-412-0877 cell / message / text. Email: rubin.s@comcast.net

    Prize Pool:

    • $5,000 Total Prize Pool – subject to increase depending on team signups

      Categories:

      • Chicken
      • Pork Ribs
      • Brisket
      • "Put This On The Menu" - Create a signature appetizer, entrée or dessert that you'd like to see on Famous Dave's. Winning dish to be considered to feature at the local Famous Dave's store or potentially other stores. Remember to consider the types of ingredients that Famous Dave's uses in their stores and would readily have access too. For example, a Caviar BBQ Burger would not make a good choice due to Caviar not being a mainstream item for the store.

      Note: Meat will be provided for the Chicken, Pork Ribs and Brisket categories. Each Team will get 1 brisket, 3 racks pork ribs and 8 chicken drumsticks to cook.

      Load in times:

      Starting at 6am on Sunday, August 29th. 

      Awards

      • Estimated to be Starting at 6:00 pm or earlier when possible.

      Load out times:

      • Starting AFTER Awards Ceremony.

      Site Inspection:

      • Between 7:00am and 8:45 am.

      REQUIRED Cook’s Meeting and Meat Selection:

      • 9 am - Cooks meeting.  If all teams are present and have been inspected, we may try to move the meeting earlier.

      Turn-in Times:

      • 1:00pm – "Put This On The Menu"
      • 2:00pm – Chicken
      • 3:00pm – Pork Ribs
      • 4:00pm – Brisket
      Window is 5 minutes before to 5 minutes after each hour.

      Safety Requirements:

      Current Covid safety protocals by the state will be observed. When in the team meeting and when turning in entries, you are only required to wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated. 

      Team Requirements:

      Please review the Team Rules Page, even if you are an experienced team. Each site will be inspected to meet these requirements. If you are a new to competition BBQ team or new to PNWBA competitions, we recommend visiting our New Team Info page.

      Entry Fee:

      Entry fee is $200.00 USD. A designated amount of $12.50 from the entry fee is non-refundable to cover payment and event processing expenses. In the event of a cancellation by the event coordinator, $187.50 will be refunded from the entrants payment.

      Power:

      • None. Please plan to bring a generator if needed. 

      Ash / Trash / Grey Water / Grease disposal:

      • Provided by Venue. For grease, please cool before placing in trash.

      Directions:

      Event Location

      Famous Dave's
      1206 Everett Mall Way
      Everett, WA 98208

      Set up spots arranged by the venue.

      Accommodations:

      Everett has several hotel options. Econolodge, Days Inn, Motel 6, Best Western, Sunrise Inn and Extended Stay America are within a very short driving distance from the venue.



      • 08/29/2021
      • 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
      • Famous Dave's 1206 Everett Mall Way Everett, WA 98208
      • 9
      Register

      Famous Daves WA Championship - Call for Judges/Volunteers

      Event Date: Sunday AUGUST 29th, 2021

      Registration Deadline - Aug 23rd, 2021

      • PNWBA Board Representative: Jason Bauer
      • PNWBA Head Judges:  Lance Rasmussen & Steve Rubin

      Contact info: Lance Rasmussen – 206-601-2337 cell / message / text. Email: lance@pnwba.com

      Steve Rubin - 206-412-0877 cell / message / text. Email: rubin.s@comcast.net

      Categories:

      • Chicken
      • Pork Ribs
      • Brisket

      Location: 

      Event Location:

      Famous Dave's
      1206 Everett Mall Way
      Everett, WA 98208

      Signup Info:

      At this time, we are planning on 3 judging tables based on updated team count.  We are looking for the following:

      • 18 Judges. Judges will be selected with preference for PNWBA current paid members certified as PNWBA BBQ Judges. Should there still be openings, PNWBA CBJ's with lapsed membership will be used, then KCBS certified BBQ judges will be used.

      • 3 Table Captains. Preference will be to PNWBA current paid members certified as Table Captains.

      • 3-5 Volunteers, i.e. Food Runners, Meat Wranglers, and general helpers.

      Due to the fluid nature of this event, signing up does not guarantee a judging spot. Please be willing to volunteer as needed. Should there be a reduction in judges needed, an email will be sent to see if you would wish to volunteer.

      The head judges will make the final assessment of volunteers and choose the seated judges. Tables will also be adjusted at the event to try and even out the judge levels and experience.

      Waitlist:

      Please sign up for the waitlist if initial spots are full. We may have an influx in teams requiring more seated judges and table captains. We had to use several folks from the waitlist for our last event. Preference is always given to PNWBA members with current paid membership.

      Safety Requirements:

      Covid-19 guidelines may change prior to the event. For safety, the following requirements must be followed:

      Masks – Masks should be worn when in the judging area, when not actively judging.

      Gloves - Table Captains and other volunteers handling turn-in boxes or food require provided gloves.

      Date/Time:

      Event Date and time

      12:45 am - Please be at the location early.

      1:00pm - Judges Meeting. Table Captains and volunteer meeting follows.

      Turn-in Times:

      • 2:00pm - Chicken
      • 3:00pm - Pork Ribs
      • 4:00pm - Brisket

      Window is 5 minutes before the hour to 5 minutes after the hour.

      Awards are planned for 5:30. If you can stay, the teams and organizers appreciate your participation.

      Accommodations:

      Everett has several hotel options. Econolodge, Days Inn, Motel 6, Best Western, Sunrise Inn and Extended Stay America are within a very short driving distance from the venue.



      • 09/10/2021
      • 1:00 PM (PDT)
      • 09/11/2021
      • 6:00 PM (PDT)
      • 806 Dale Ave, Benton City, WA 99320
      Registration is closed

      Benton City Daze 2021

      [Registration Opening Soon!]

      Limited to 30 Teams. After 25 teams, additional will be waitlisted. Waitlisted teams will be accepted as additional space is available.

      Registration Deadline - September 5th, 2021

      JACK QUALIFIER? - This should be a Jack qualifier if we have at least 15 teams turning in ALL entries.

      Event Sponsor:

      • Benton City Chamber of Commerce

      Event Management:

      Event Organizer: Dakota Renz
      PNWBA Board Representative: Rush Hoag III

      PNWBA Head Judges: Pending

      Prize Pool:

      $3,000 Total Prize Pool

      Categories:

      • Pork
      • Brisket
      • Chicken
      • Pork Ribs

      Load in time:

      September 10th at 1:00pm - 10pm

      Load out time:

      September 11th at 6:00pm

      PNWBA Site Inspection:

      September 10th at 2:00pm-3:45 pm

      Required Pitmaster Meeting:

      September 10th at 4:00pm

      Turn-in Times on Sunday 9/11:

      (Window is 5 minutes before to 5 minutes after)
      11:00am- Pork

      12:00pm - Brisket

      1:00pm - Chicken
      2:00pm - Ribs

      Safety Requirements:

      For safety, the following requirements must be followed:
      Masks – There is currently no mask requirement outdoors in this area, however masks may be required indoors.

      Team Requirements:

      Please view the Cook Rules located here. Each site will be inspected to meet these requirements. If you are a new to competition BBQ team or new to PNWBA competitions, we recommend visiting our New Team Info page..

      Entry Fee:

      Entry fee is $200.00 USD. A designated amount of $15.00 from the entry fee is non-refundable to cover payment and event processing expenses. In the event of a cancellation by the event coordinator, $185.00 will be refunded from the entrants payment.

      Sampling:

      There is sampling opportunities available for Saturday. The split is 50/50.

      Power:

      Pending

      Ash/Grease/Grey Water/Trash Disposal:

      Available

      Directions:

      Dale Ave
      Benton City, WA

      • 09/25/2021
      • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
      • Fairmont Memorial Park 5200 W Wellesley Spokane, WA 99205
      • 16

      LILAC CITY BBQ FESTIVAL IN SPOKANE, WA

      Event Date: SEPTEMBER 25th, 2021

      Limited to 16 Teams. After 16 teams, additional will be waitlisted. Waitlisted teams will be accepted as additional space is available based on team count.

      Registration Deadline - September 20th, 2021

      As this is a fully sanctioned 1-day lite cook, it should be a Jack qualifier if we have 15 teams turning in ALL entries.

      Event Sponsor:

      • Fairmont Memorial

      Event Management:

      • Organizer: Missy Winslow
      • PNWBA Board Representative: Eric Mendel
      • PPNWBA Head Judges: Lance Rasmussen & Steve Rubin

      Contact info: Lance Rasmussen – (206) 601-2337 cell / message / text. Email: lance@pnwba.com
      Steve Rubin - (206) 412-0877 cell / message / text. Email: rubin.s@comcast.net

      Prize Pool:

      • $2,500 Total Prize Pool – subject to increase depending on team signups

      • GC - $750
      • RGC - $400

      Category prizes

      • 1st - $200
      • 2nd - $125
      • 3rd - $75
      • 4th - $30
      • 5th - $20

      Categories:

      • Beef Tri-Tip
      • Chicken
      • Pork Ribs

      Load in times:

      Starting at 6am on Saturday, September25th, 2021. Ends at 9am.

      Awards

      • Approximate starting at 5:00 pm

      Load out times:

      • Starting after Awards Ceremony.

      Site Inspection:

      • Between 7:00 am and 9:30 am.

      REQUIRED Cook’s Meeting:

      • 10 am

      Turn-in Times:

      • 1:00pm – Beef Tri-Tip
      • 2:00pm – Chicken
      • 3:00pm – Ribs
      Window is 5 minutes before to 5 minutes after each hour.

      Safety Requirements:

      For safety, the following requirements must be followed:

      Masks – Masks must be always worn when indoors. Masks must cover nose and mouth. Masks and gloves must be work when sampling to the public.

      Team Requirements:

      Please review the Team Rules Page, even if you are an experienced team. Each site will be inspected to meet these requirements. If you are a new to competition BBQ team or new to PNWBA competitions, we recommend visiting our New Team Info page.

      Entry Fee:

      Entry fee is $150.00 USD. A designated amount of $12.50 from the entry fee is non-refundable to cover payment and event processing expenses. In the event of a cancellation by the event coordinator, $137.50 will be refunded from the entrants payment.

      Sampling / People Choice Award:

      None.

      Power:

      • Please plan to bring a generator if needed.

      Ash / Trash / Grey Water / Grease disposal:

      • Provided by Venue. For grease, please cool before placing in trash.

      Directions: 

      Event Location:

      Fairmont Memorial Park
      5200 W Wellesley
      Spokane, WA 99205

       Plan on bringing a protective pad for your smoker if located on grass.

      Set up spots arranged by the venue.

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