You would think the Super Bowl was happening in Pittsburgh this weekend with the media hype and OMFG THE TRAFFIC warnings on TV but rest assure everything will be fine as long as you’re not a jagoff. That pic is from 2015 when I saw Garth Brooks play the second of 5 shows in 3 days at Consol Energy Center. Yes, it was amazing!
Don’t go hangry to see Garth Brooks
So what does this have to do about BBQ you ask? Those cherished parking spaces around Heinz Field will be packed with tailgaters with grills and beverages. If you don’t want to deal with the chaos hit up one of our local BBQ joints in and around the city. The Pittsburgh BBQ Directory will help you plan your route and also search what is close to where you’re staying!
If you’re visiting the area or new to Pittsburgh BBQ I also wrote a quick overview for National BBQ Month talking about of all things BBQ around Pittsburgh.
Happy 15th Birthday to Rowdy BBQ
Pittsburgh’s original angry clucker opened as Brentwood Express on May 18th, 2004 and quickly became Rowdy BBQ. Since then Steve Kingsland has kept your hangry in check with tender ribs and brisket along with killer fries. Check them out at 3900 Saw Mill Run Blvd. and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Happy birthday yinz!
Traeger Day in Pittsburgh
When you want to buy a Traeger in Pittsburgh the best place to be is Williams Ace Hardware in West Newton PA. Sure you could go to a big box store but you won’t get the personal expertise that you can find here. Comin’ In Hot will be there cooking on Traegers and giving tips to help your cook starting at 10 AM. Find out more about Traeger Day on their official blog.
Clarion BBQ Festival
Professional and backyard pitmasters descend on Clarion, PA for the 3rd annual Clarion BBQ Fest this weekend.
What’s great about this fest is that it supports the Clarion Hospital Cancer Center and the Clarion University Tippin Scholarship fund. FREE ADMISSION all weekend and there is a Kids Zone set up on Saturday (2-4PM) and Sunday (2:30 – 4:30 PM). Check out their Facebook Page for a complete list of vendors, competitors, and musical acts.
The Clarion BBQ Festival is located at the Clarion Mall off I-80, Exit 62 Rte 68, Main Parking Lot.
- June 15th – Chillin’ & Grillin’ on E-Street (Hartville, OH)
A top prize of $1000 and as an added bonus best chicken wing can snag you $200! Check out the official Chillin’ SCA listing for details.
- August 24th – Grill Your Ace Off (West Newton PA)
There is now a Facebook event to go along with the official SCA listing. A top prize of $500 plus you’ll earn a golden ticket to the 2019 World Championship in Fort Worth, Texas! Not only are they looking for the best steak, but they are also handing out cash prizes for the best mac & cheese and dessert recipes as well. Winners in these categories will receive $200! There will be BBQ available for purchase and all the proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh! Help them beat their goal of $7,000!
As always check out our Events Page for these and upcoming events on the BBQ and Steak Cookoff schedule.