BBQ & Blues on the Levee

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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.

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

“BBQ & Blues on the Levee will bring some of the best barbecue teams in the South to participate” said Ron Cates, event organizer. “Even though there is $10,000 up for grabs, it’s really about more than that; it’s about respect among their peers and having a great time with the barbecue community. We’re all family.”

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 – $1,500  /  Second – $500  /  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: July 14, 2020