• Saturday 8/18 Turn Ins begin @2pm
  • Chicken turn in @2pm
  • Pork Ribs turn in @2:30pm
  • Pork turn in @3pm
  • Brisket turn in @3:30pm
  • Sauce Turn in @4pm
  • People's Choice Turn in @7:30pm

The first 12 teams registered will receive two pork butts for cooking in People's Choice. Butts will be available Friday night around 8pm. See Mike Bowles or Jason Parson. 

Teams turn in one pan for judging. When turned in, they are assigned a randomly selected number. Pans will be marked with the number on the bottom of the pan.


People will be able to sample the People's Choice for free. Each person will receive a token to vote on the best pork. They will be able to sample all entries. They will place their token in the one they thought was the best.


Most number of tokens will win People's Choice.

Winner of People's Choice will be announced Saturday night during the award ceremony at 9:30pm before the fireworks.  

People Choice Information

  • Must bring your own ash can
  • Each Team Must Have a  FIRE EXTINGUISHER
  • PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD.  ALL TEAMS MUST COOK TWO PORK BUTTS TO  SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY.  Pork butts supplied by Three Bears for the first 12 teams 

Important Times

Alaska BBQ Association

  • You may enter the Miller's Market parking lot to set up beginning at 6pm Friday night 8/17.  Be very cautious of pedestrians.

  • Sites are approx. 20 x 20 with room for a motorhome

  • Not recommended to leave set –up unattended.
  •  No guaranteed electric or water.  Must bring your own generator and water

Sponsored by Miller's Market and Three Bears

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  • Entrance to Miller's Market and Set Up begins Friday 8/17  @ 6pm
  • Meat inspection Friday 8/17 begins @8pm
  • Cooks Meeting Friday 8/17 directly after meat inspection
  • Award Ceremony Saturday 8/18 @9:30pm  before the fireworks

The 2nd Annual Mat-Su BBQ Battle is back at Founder's Day in Houston, AK, August 18, 2018! This is an Alaska BBQ Association sanctioned event. Whether you're a BBQ Pit Master or a backyard enthusiast, come try your hand at winning or just come learn a lot and make great barbecue with great people! Categories include "The Big Four" (chicken, ribs, brisket, and pork) and sauce. There will be a People's Choice Pulled Pork Saturday evening along with the awards ceremony and other Founder's Day activities, including the greatest fireworks show Alaska has to offer. 

Join the group discussion on the Alaska BBQ Association - Mat-Su Chapter Facebook page!

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2nd Annual Mat-Su BBQ Battle

August 18, 2018

Founder's Day, Houston, AK

Competition  Information

Cash Awards and Prizes for the Winners!!

2018 State Championships

Racked Out

​July 21-22 2018 at the Big I