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 3 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 5/4 $95
After 5/11 $100
VIP Includes
Everything included with General Admission, plus enter 1 hour early, SPECIAL 5 year Anniversary Glassware, VIP 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 5/4 $65
After 5/11 $70
General Admission Includes
General Admission includes Mason jar mug, samples of beer, great music & People’s Choice Ballot for best beer & best dish.
The “Triple B” VIP Experience
The Chicken’s Nest
Brown Ale brined ground chicken and bacon meatball drizzled with a Belgian amber syrup & balsamic reduction over a sour beer ‘slaw ‘nest’

Jersey Style ‘Pork Fried Morning Rice’
Coca Cola-Lager Rice seared with Taylor Ham, Bacon, Organic egg, & shaved cheddar

Hop Two It! Queso Fun’dido
Dual Smoked Hops & Applewood Bacon- Artisan 7-cheese dip with pretzel thin crown

The Bollywood Slide’r
Cherry Wood smoke torn pork shoulder. Mild-curried BBQ sauce, Raspberry Lassi- tomatillo d’gallo, shaking buns

A Beautiful Bacon Brownie, Buddy!
Bacon & Chocolate Chip brownie with a Jersey ‘Bosco’ Milk stout cold smoked dark chocolate frosting
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.

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 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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Mike Kivowitz

Founder of NEW JERSEY CRAFT BEER. My personal mission is to provide craft beer fans in New Jersey with a resource for finding current beer-happenings. I built New Jersey Craft Beer to provide information beer people, like me, need to explore the local beer scene.
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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