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
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.

Diamonds and Pearls - Milk Stout with Coffee - 6.9% ABV We took our base Milk-Stout and incorporated Boxwood Coffee’s El Jefe Roast. The smooth, creamy foundation lets the the sweet and soft, roasty coffee flavors weave in with the robust flavors of baker's chocolate and malt.

Lil' Shimmy Ye Ye - American Pale Ale - 5.6% ABV An oatted up American Pale Ale, electric dirt, sticky and soft. Apricot pulp and honeydew melon nectar. An eclectic heirloom grist gives a wrinkle of crackery biscuit malt, just ‘nuff to let ewey dewey combo of Belma, Citra and Mosaic pop, bright and dank.
Bigger Space: Double IPA , 8% ABV
This is our first ever Double IPA. It is double dry hopped with a copious amount of Huell Melon hops.

Mexican Morning 8: “The Ocho”, Stout, 8% ABV
An 8% stout with chili de arbol peppers, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

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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Peter Culos

Editor of Beer Bites a monthly feature about Breweries, bars and good beer in the Garden State.
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Chef Eric LeVine

Chef Eric has Received the Restaurant Guild International Chef of the Year 2013/ 2015. In addition to all of Chef Eric’s culinary accolades Chef Eric pays it forward to many charities and has been awarded with The 2016 VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD by the Housing Partnership for his impact and leadership in the local and national community helping others.
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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