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For the best BBQ, head to the NJ State Barbecue Championship

One of my favorite events and delicious experiences will take place July 12-14, 2024 in North Wildwood, New Jersey at the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship.

The three-day, outdoor festival features a barbecue championship competition sanctioned by the prestigious Kansas City Barbecue Society, the world's largest group of barbecue enthusiasts. This is a serious competition and the best grillers come out to compete.

These participants have worked all year to prepare for this competition. I am amazed at how the barbecue team works like clockwork and each participant knows what role they play in preparing a great barbecue together. The finished product is impressive.

Grilled pork

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There are also live cooking and grilling demonstrations as well as special events, and the best vendors of grilled food and drinks offer you the opportunity to enjoy their award-winning barbecue. Come to this feast hungry, because you will eat!

There are craft vendors and exhibitions, as well as a fun Anglesea Blues Festival, where local, regional and national blues talent perform on the big stage.

Photo by Danny De Jong on Unsplash

Photo by Danny De Jong on Unsplash

Proceeds from the entire event will benefit the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Department. The people at Anglesea Fire Department were always so kind to me when I did my show from there, they're good people.

This was one of my favorite events. Take a trip to the festival and enjoy what it has to offer.

You can smell and taste some of the best barbecue in the country while having a lot of fun!

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.

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