Ribs, Tri-Tip, Brisket, Turkey Legs, Pulled Pork, BBQ Nachos, Red Neck Tacos, Loaded Mac & Cheese and Gator Bites Top Food Highlights at the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival on March 24, 2018

Hde Agency | March 13, 2018

Professionally produced by HDE Agency, the 9th annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returns to downtown Chandler on Saturday, March 24, 2018. This year, the featured headlining act will be country superstar, Rodney Atkins. But, the real star of the show is the massive array of finger licking good BBQ. Check out the menu highlights for BBQ vendors and restaurants!

AZ Barbeque Catering – pulled pork, ribs, tri tip, BBQ beans, corn, potato salad & nachos
Bama BBQ – brisket, pulled pork, chicken, mac-n-cheese, BBQ nachos, southern slaw, beans
Bayou Bistro – BBQ, fish, shrimp, po-boys, fries
Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill – pulled pork and mac-n-cheese
Boccafina BBQ – pulled pork, sausage, tri-tip, chicken, green chili bourbon beans, coleslaw
Different Smokes BBQ – pulled pork, BBQ tacos, giant BBQ nachos, brisket and the “my fat neighbor” – a green chili cornbread waffle topped with smoked pork, BBQ chili beans, Monterey jack cheese and roasted green chilis
Dimon Edge Catering – BBQ pork and smoked beef sliders & loaded tots
Drivewood Fired Grill – Santa Maria Style tri-tip, cheese steak, street tacos, chicken, mac & cheese
Farmboy Smokehaus – brisket, pulled pork, who hog spit, andoullie sausage, baby back ribs, chicken, chili and Johnny cakes
Grill King – ribs, rib tips, catfish, brisket, pulled pork, turkey legs, chicken, baked beans, & coleslaw
Harris’ Smokehouse – BBQ pork, beef, chicken, ribs, hot dogs, beans, coleslaw, & corn
Honey Bear’s BBQ – beef brisket, shredded chicken, pulled pork, loaded fries, meaty mac-n-cheese, sliders and cowboy beans
Jamburritos – pulled pork, brisket, hot links, jambalaya
JJ’s Louisiana BBQ – ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, rib tips, hot links, turkey legs, beans & potato salad
Lady Lynn’s – ribs, chicken, hot links, potato salad & baked beans
Mr. Wonderful’s Chicken & Waffles – waffle and chicken wings, po boys, chicken dirty fries, banana pudding, & cheesecake
Pearson’s Catering – catfish, bayou chicken, gator bites, frog legs, jambalaya & po boys
Porkopolis – brisket burnt ends, red neck tacos with pulled pork, baby back ribs, smoked chicken wings
Q Up BBQ – St. Louis ribs, BBQ nachos and tacos, brisket, sausages, mac & cheese, loaded fries, & gangsta grilled cheese with smoked pork, smoked brisket, and bacon mac & cheese all together toasted in a cheese sourdough bread
Sally’s BBQ – loaded ribbon fries with pulled pork, sausage, & corn
SanTan Brewing – chopped brisket or pulled pork sandwich & mac & cheese
SuperFarm SuperTruck – Nopalito fritos, pork or vegan jackfruit street tacos, nopales quesadilla & loaded sweet potato fries
Tacos El Jefe – brisket, carne asada or chicken tacos, pulled pork quesadillas or nachos
Taste of Korea – Korean BBQ including spicy chicken, ribeye beef, rice, veggies and potstickers
Tee’s Concessions – lobster mac-n-cheese, pulled pork, & fries
The Hitching Post – BBQ sandwiches, loaded potatoes, kabobs, nachos, & salads
Thrill Your Grill – wild game meats including bison, antelope, elk, rabbit and venison burgers. Also, wild boar ribs and sandwiches, sausages, grilled quail, and rocky mountain oysters.
Tom’s BBQ – pork, brisket, chicken, hot links, ribs, tri tip, ribs and burnt ends. Also, bacon or lobster mac-n-cheese.
Vet’s Gone Hog Wild – beef brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork, baby back ribs, hog fries with mac & cheese, pulled pork and BBQ sauce
Vekol Market – carne asada tacos, bbq chicken, corn and baked potato salad
West Alley BBQ – BBQ pork, chicken, sausage, ribs & coleslaw
Word of Mouth Grill – choripan sausage, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled chicken wings
WW Enterprises – sausage and chicken on a stick, tornado fries and foot long corn dogs

Other novelty food options include: cupcakes, waffles, berry kabobs, caramel apples, snow cones, churros, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and ice cream. To help wash all that delicious grub down, the Great American Barbeque and beer Festival will offer local craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company, domestic beer from Pabst Blue Ribbon and variety of spirits including – Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, 19 Crimes Wine, and El Jimador Tequila.

New and improved experience this year include live cooking demos, themed bars with interactive games, creative cocktails, mechanical bull riding competition, local community entertainment, march madness lounge, expanded kids zone, and the return of the Corral zone and VIP area for country music fans and guests looking to elevate their festival experience.

Also – be sure to check out the eating competitions, located on the live & local stage at the north end of the festival. This year, the competitions will feature: Wing Stop’s wing eating, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits brat eating, and Bashas’ Supermarket rib and pie eating. Sign ups will be held from 12-4 p.m. near the northeast entrance.


General Admission
$20 Online Presale
$25 Day of Walk Up Pricing
$10 Veterans & Military Discount Online Presale & Walk Up Pricing
$10 Presale at any valley Bashas’ Locations
*Kids 12 and under receive free general admission
*General admission includes entry into the festival, access to all entertainment, zones, vendors, interactive experience and activities. Food and beverages are not included with admission.

VIP Pass (21+ over only)
$175 Online Presale Only – now through 3/23/18 OR when tickets are sold out

Includes: six beers, unlimited soft drinks and water, catered food throughout the day, front stage access/view, private air conditioned restrooms, private seating, shaded area, entry into the festival and access to all entertainment, zones, vendors, interactive experience and activities.

Corral Pass (21+ over only)
$75 Online Presale Only – SOLD OUT

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChandlerBBQ.com.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival official sponsors include; Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Bashas’, Rudy’s BBQ, SanTan Brewing Company, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Whining Pig, Ultra-Star Entertainment, El Jimador, BreakThru Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Deep Eddy Vodka, 19 Crimes Wine, Chapman BMW Chandler, KNIX 102.5, Bar & Restaurant Insurance, Phoenix New Times, Diamond Resorts, BBQ Island, Ride Now Motorsports, Desert Wind Harley Davidson, Sprint, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, Wing Stop, Puro Cigar Bar, City of Chandler, and Yelp Phoenix who all remind you to enjoy BBQ and beer responsibly.

A percentage of the proceeds from the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP), a 501(c) 6 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to mobilize leadership and resources to advance the development of downtown Chandler as a regional destination for shopping, dining, living, culture, and the arts. It works on behalf of the Enhanced Municipal Services District, created in 2006, to provide enhanced marketing and promotion, safety and beautification of the downtown area beyond what is done by the City of Chandler. For more information, visit www.downtownchandler.org.