BBQ & Blues on the Levee

This information pertains to the 2021 festival.
2023 information will be available in the future.

Get Your Share of $10,000 at BBQ & Blues on the Levee

Grilling and barbecuing are among America’s leading culinary pastimes and Helena, Arkansas is raising the stakes by hosting the Fourth Annual BBQ & Blues on the Levee at the world famous King Biscuit Blues Festival which is held October 5-8, 2022. 

When the flames begin, music fans, barbecue enthusiasts and championship barbecue teams will descend upon cool blues and hot grilling for an unparalleled experience.

We’re also happy to announce our partnership with Smithfield, who provided an extra $3,000 to add to our prize pool. We also are part of the Turkey Smoke Ancillary Category which offers $1,000 prize money with no entry fee and the turkey is provided.

Considered one of the South’s richest contests with a guaranteed purse of $10,000, the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event is an Arkansas State Championship and considered a qualifier for the Jack Daniel’s World’s Championship Draw. 

$10,000 Guaranteed  Prize Money 

Grand Champion – $2,500  /  Reserve Champion – $1,500  /  Third – $500

Pay Out through 5 Places in All Four Categories:  Chicken, Ribs, Brisket & Pork Butt

First – $500  /  Second – $350  /  Third – $250  /  Fourth – $150  /  Fifth – $125



People’s Choice Competition

2:15 until 4:15 p.m. / $10 entry (tickets may be purchased at the gate entrance to the BBQ contest)

Come sample from competition BBQ Teams at King Biscuit Blues Festival.


Last modified: November 8, 2022