When: Fri., May 22, 6-10 p.m. and Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2015
At this humongous two-day barbecue competition-slash-celebration, more than 80 teams – both professionals and backyard amateurs – compete hard for the win, and visitors get to taste the luscious spoils of war. Competition categories include brisket, chicken, pork and pork ribs, and the winner goes on to the World Food Championships in Vegas. For true lovers of ’cue, there may be no better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than to stroll the aisles of this event, fanning yourself with a sheaf of BBQ Bucks and trading them one by one for various smoked, pit-grilled, hot, saucy meats – or enjoying sausage-making demos (and ample samples) from Cavallari Gourmet, acknowledged masters of the form. And lest you have any sheepish aw-shucks-it’s-just-Florida feelings, you should know that HuffPo included Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout in their list of the top 10 Memorial Day BBQ events in the country. Smoke ’em if you got ’em, boys!