No, not that kind of pigskin, Vol fans. You'll have to wait another week to see if the Kiffin Cuzins can erase the bad memories of Full Philmer's fall from grace last year. We're talking bbq pigskin. (again)
This weekend is the inaugural Music City BBQ Festival. Located in Riverfront Park, the festival runs from 5:00pm - 11:00pm on Friday, August 28th and 11:00am - 11:00pm on Saturday, August 29th. Single day tickets are available online for $10 or 15 clams gets you in for both days of smoke, pork, music, fun and games.
Friday night will be the time to walk amongst the teams and watch them prepare to put the hickory to their entries for Saturday's Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned chicken, pork, ribs and brisket competitions as well as the Memphis BBQ Network whole hog, ribs and shoulder judging. Apparently in the world of contest bbqing, this sort of dual sanctioning is rare. $16,000 in prize money is at stake, so you know the competitive juices will be flowing. It's also the last chance for the teams to compete for a spot at the 21st Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg in October.
For the amateur smokers, there will also be backyard bbq divisions being contested on Friday night for poultry, beef, ribs, seafood and dessert. Insider knowledge recommends spending a little time meeting the teams with punny names like "Gettin' Piggy With IT," "Sweet Swine O'Mine" and "The Ash Holes" while they're working and having fun for your best shot at getting a little sample of their wares the next day after judging. Or if you want to buy your access, there are also tickets available for the "Smokin' Hot" tent, an all inclusive area that will be located by the music stage offering all the BBQ & beverages you want. These tickets are $50 for one day and $85 for both days.
The event benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt and Shriners Hospitals for Children, so you know it's for a good cause. The weather forecast looks like...well, it looks like late August in Nashville. Bring an umbrella just in case. If nothing else, you can use it to trap some of that smoky goodness.