Western PA BBQ Events Page

If there’s a BBQ festival or competition within 2-3 hours driving distance from the Pittsburgh area, you’ll find it here. Even a few with our neighboring states! If you have an event, contact us with the info and we’ll get you added.

BBQ & SCA Festival and Competition Schedule

**NOTE** Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing most of the events for 2020 are either canceled or postponed. There will be a revised list below on June 1, 2020.

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Here is the list from last year to get an idea of what to look forward to when we can get back on track.

First time checking out a festival? Here is when we visited “Grill Your Ace Off”!

Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) Competitions

SCA World Championship2018 saw the first-ever SCA event in Western PA and as a 1st-time competitor myself, I can say it was a CRAZY GOOD TIME so I’ve decided to add them to the list. Unlike most BBQ competitions it’s a quick day and a few minutes cooking steak can win you $1000. Interested? Keep reading!

Here are the events in PA/OH as of right now and you can also locate these on the map below with the golden cow.

Please check each event for admission and competition details. Information current as of 2/15/2019.

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KCBS Event = KCBS sanctioned event







PA State Championship

While this event is not in Western PA but in our state capital it is the last big event in PA for the year where you can flex your big BBQ muscles.

Keystone Classic BBQ State Championship
KCBS Event KCBS Sanctioned Event
October 4 – 5, 2019
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
2300 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA