Who says NJ doesn’t have great BBQ & awesome Beer?
The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey’s first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 30 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 4 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic Music! This is destined to become a New Jersey Spring classic.

VIP Tickets
$ 90
After 5/6 $95
After 5/13 $100
VIP Includes
Everything included with General Admission, plus enter 1 hour early, VIP gift, appetizer samplings, meet & greet with the Brewers, Pitmasters & Chefs & first access to the rare & specialty beer which each brewery is creating for this event.
VIP Sponsor
Special VIP Chef Coordinator
food and beer
Chef Christopher Masey
Chef specializing in New American fusion with an emphasis on food and beer pairings, cooking with brewers ingredients, and uniting people through flavor.
General Admission
$ 60
After 5/6 $65
After 5/13 $70
General Admission Includes
General Admission includes Mason jar mug, unlimited samples of beer, great music & People’s Choice Ballot for best beer & best dish.
The “Triple B” VIP Experience
BBQ, Beer & Bacon Salad
Tossed baby greens, Malt-A-Salt bacon, skewered cherry tomato, english cucumber, BBQ Peaches, pretzel crouton & beer vinaigrette

Short Ribs & Hominy (Tortilla Soup)
Off the bone beer braised torn short rib, bacon, hominy, peppers, onion, tomato, bacon dust sour cream, Malt-A-Salt tortilla

What The Cluck Chicken
Bacon wrapped beer brined chicken lollipop in a beer Buffa-Mole sauce

The Pig & The Pineapple
Hawaiian braised IPA pineapple pulled pork with black strap molasses bacon & aged cheddar

MBC Cannoli
Maple bacon caramel beer cream stuffed cannoli with brewers Belgian candy syrup reduction
Non Drinking
General Admission
$ 20
Non Drinking General Admission Includes
Festival Entry, Great Music, Access to purchase from the delicious Food vendors & Peoples Choice Ballot for best dish.
Twin Elephant Brewing Company and Conclave Brewing will be pouring two beers each only for the VIP hour. These will not be available during the rest of the event.

If tickets are still available the day of the event, door prices are $5 more.


Street Hassle and The Brass Balls
Stepping STONE Band
Mr. Love Joy

Judging Panel

Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith is the owner and Executive Editor of
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Michael Arp

By day he is just an average guy with an ordinary job, but by night, he and his wife, Kat, are wanderlust gastronomes in search of taste bud tantalizing cuisine and thirst quenching libations.
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Chef Christopher Masey

Chef specializing in New American fusion with an emphasis on food and beer pairings, cooking with brewers ingredients, and uniting people through flavor.
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Al Gattullo

Al Gattullo has been employed on various talk, sports and music shows on radio for more than 25 years. Al’s has been drinking beer since it was legal for him to do so. In fact, he loves Craft Beer so much he hosts a radio program on it.
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Outdoors & Under Tents

No Outside Food or Drink Allowed

ALL attendees MUST be 21 or over, with Picture ID for entry