What is Porkapalooza?

Porkapalooza includes a world-class cooking competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).

The competition features thousands of dollars in prize money awarded in various categories by type of meat, a chef’s challenge and special young chef events. Porkapalooza is one of four Alberta Cup barbeque competitions taking place this year.

Competition rules and provincial health regulations dictate food service at the festival. Many barbeque teams are not permitted to sell food or provide samples for guests, but they are more than happy to talk their craft. Food and beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) services will be available on-site for guests to satisfy their needs.

The festival is organized by the Porkapalooza BBQ Festival Society, a non-profit organization, with generous financial support from Alberta Pork and other amazing sponsors.

Location

Past Winners

2019

  • Overall: SmellaQue
  • Chicken: SmellaQue
  • Ribs: Arrowhead North
  • Pork: Prairie Smoke & Spice
  • Brisket: BK BBQ

2018

  • Overall: Prairie Smoke & Spice
  • Chicken: Alberta Bones BBQ
  • Ribs: Arrowhead North
  • Pork: Prairie Smoke & Spice
  • Brisket: Baby J and the Brothers

2017

  • Overall: Arrowhead North
  • Chicken: SmellaQue
  • Ribs: Read Boar BBQ
  • Pork: Prairie Smoke & Spice
  • Brisket: The Devil Made Me Q It

2016

  • Overall: Arrowhead North
  • Chicken: Arrowhead North
  • Ribs: Kings of Smoke
  • Pork: Cornerstone BBQ
  • Brisket: Arrowhead North

2015

  • Overall: Arrowhead North
  • Chicken: Arrowhead North
  • Ribs: Saucy Dawg BBQ
  • Pork: House of Q
  • Brisket: Arrowhead North

2014

  • Overall: Prairie Smoke & Spice
  • Chicken: 3 Tons of Fun
  • Ribs: Trent’s Smokin’ BBQ
  • Pork: Prairie Smoke & Spice
  • Brisket: Porky Fatstacks BBQ & Social Club

Alberta Cup of BBQ

The Alberta Cup of BBQ takes place annually, featuring four competitions sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society:

 

Porkapalooza BBQ Festival Logo

Heritage Heat BBQ

May 2020

Cremona, Alberta

Porkapalooza

May 30–31, 2020

Edmonton, Alberta

Battle River BBQ Showdown

August 8–9, 2020

Camrose, Alberta

BBQ on the Bow

August 2020

Calgary, Alberta