5th Annual Smokin’ Q Classic

The Smokin’ Q Classic is an official Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event where teams compete for prize money and the next level of competition.

Hosted by the Vista Village Business Association, BBQ teams descend on Historic Downtown Vista on Friday afternoon to spend up to 24 hours seasoning, smoking, and grilling their choice cut of meats for competition day.
Judges come from states near and far to find out whose BBQ is the best of the best.
Our 2013 Teams will compete for a guaranteed $10,000 of prize money, KCBS points and trophies.  If team participation exceeds 60 or more teams, the Smokin’ Q Classic will award $12,500 in prize money.

There is something for everyone at the Smokin’ Q Classic!
Featured at the Smokin’ Q Classic are 2 oz BBQ Tastes for purchase, a street fair, live entertainment, a refreshing beer garden, and the Second Annual Blazin’ Bike Show.


Taste ticket will be available for purchase at 11 am at the main info booth and at ticket booth locations throughout the event.  Tastes do not start until noon.  Prices for 2 oz samples are: 1 ticket for $3, 4 tickets for $10, or 10 tickets for $20.  Each ticket is good for one 2 oz sample.

Samples are given out as the competition occurs and certain items are not guaranteed to be available all day.  This competition BBQ is hot stuff and when it goes it goes!   For your best chance at trying certain meats we encourage you to come early.  The turn in schedule is as follows:

  • Chicken: 12 pm
  • Pork Ribs: 12:30 pm
  • Pork: 1 pm
  • Brisket 1:30 pm

1st Annual BBQ Sauce Tasting Contest

This one is open to anyone who wants to take a “taste” of our Smokin’ Q Classic BBQ Sauce.  It’s simple, for $1 per taste, you can guess the ingredients in our mystery BBQ Sauce for a chance to win a stunning BBQ Grill and accessories sponsored by The BBQ Grill Outlet in Vista.  Go to the Info Booth on Main Street to see if your palette is perfection!  A list of possible ingredients will be posted and the contest will run from 10 am – 4:30 pm.  The winner will be notified after the event and listed on our website.

BBQ Meat n’ Greet

Date: Friday, August 2nd
Time: 5pm – 8pm
The public is invited on Friday night to a “BBQ Meat n’ Greet“ to meet our teams first hand and see how they cook up their delectable meats for the following day’s competition. This is a great time to see what goes into competition BBQ and enjoy the downtown area on a Friday night. BBQ Tastes will not be available until Saturday starting at Noon.

Second Annual Blazin’ Bike Show

Date: Saturday, August 3rd
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm

What kind of Bike do you sport? And do you think it is good enough to win you an award? With 17 trophies to be given away, we are looking for motorcycles from around the county to participate from Backyard Builds to Vintage Rides. Bikes and BBQ never looked so good.


We are only accepting on-line pre-registrations at this time.  The VVBA is no longer accepting walk-ins.  You can click on the link above to pre-register.  You will be emailed your confirmation info after you submit your registration.  If you want to register day of you may show up between 9 am – 11:30 am at the corner of Eucalyptus Ave. and South Citrus.  Day of registration is $20 and includes an event t-shirt and goody bag.  You will have to fill out a registration form and checks may be made out to VVBA and exact change is appreciated.  Only registered motorcycles will be allowed to park inside the event.

Check out some footage from our friends at Vista Motorcycle from last year’s Blazin’ Bike Show!

Meet our 2013 Celebrity Cook!

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence


Mark will be joining “When Pigs Fly” to test his competition BBQ skills against the rest or our 2013 teams.  Come meet Mark and taste his competition Q!

Mark is an international headliner that has worked with the likes of Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, and Jeff Foxworthy as well as, having headlined clubs and colleges all over the USA and Canada. Mark’s most recent television credits include his series regular role as Big Mike on the NBC series CHUCK, recurring role on GLEE, Disney Channel’s original TV movie Life Is Ruff and guest appearances on Lab Rats, Good Luck Charlie, Heroes, Weeds, My Name Is Earl, Reba, Grounded for Life, Crossing Jordan, and American Dreams to name a few. On video you can watch Mark’s work in The Pursuit of Happyness, The Island, Garfield, Terminator II, and Fear Of A Black Hat among many others.

2013 BBQ Teams

You know them (or maybe you don’t).  You love their BBQ (if you don’t yet you will).  Here’s who is in so far.  **Teams that are tasting**

  1. All Sauced Up
  2. Andy’s Backyard Q **
  3. Bear’s-B-Q
  4. Big Poppa Smokers
  5. Burnin and Lootin **
  6. Cool Grilling
  7. DevilDogs BBQ
  8. Funtime BBQ
  9. Grill of His Dreams
  10. Hog Heaven Sauces
  11. Holy Smokers **
  12. IAB 30
  13. iQ **
  14. JD’s Lipsmakin Smoker
  15. Karnivorous
  16. Kings Cut BBQ **
  17. Kritter Kookers
  18. Lady of Q
  19. Leftcoast Q **
  20. Loot N’ Booty BBQ
  21. Mad Dawgz BBQ **
  22. “Mean Gene’s” Backyard BBQ King
  23. Meat, Inc. **
  24. Mossy Rock BBQ
  25. Not your Momma’s **
  26. Ole Blue BBQ **
  27. Pete’s Firehouse BBQ **
  28. Pork Belly’s BBQ **
  29. Porketeers
  30. Pribs Ribs **
  31. Qued Up
  32. Ranch 13 BBQ **
  33. Ridge Route Boys BBQ
  34. Royal Smokin’ Hot BBQ
  35. Smokaholics **
  36. Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ **
  37. Soaked in Smoke
  38. T&J Backyard BBQ
  39. The Pit Crew BBQ **
  40. The Tattooed Pig **
  41. Tropical BBQ
  42. Twisted Brisket
  43. Vicious Smoke
  44. What Wood Jesus Que?
  45. When Pigs Fly **
  46. Who’s Smokin Now
  47. Wild Willys Smokin Hot BBQ
  48. Woodhouse Barbeque
  49. Zelda Smoke
  50. ZZYZX Bar.B.Q


Every year the Vista Village Business Association chooses a charity to receive a portion of the profits from the Smokin’ Q Classic and Vista Rod Run.  Solutions for Change has once again won our hearts and we are proud to support their cause!

SFC_Logo_TransparentNOWordsSolutions for Change provides access to the skills, knowledge, and resources homeless families need to regain their physical, emotional, and economic health and permanently solve their homelessness.

The adults-once securely housed and their children in school-participate in Solutions University, a 1000-day program to identify and eradicate the core issues that caused each family to become homeless.  Solutions coaches work with residents to create a program tailored to each person’s needs.  Solutions University is a unique and highly successful effort that has garnered national attention and recognition.

Since 1999, Solutions has guided more than 650 families and their 1300 children to a permanent solution to their homelessness, while saving taxpayers an estimated $32 million in public support costs!


The Smokin’ Q Classic is pleased to host the final auction of the Chairs for Charity project. Over the last few months chairs, hand painted by artists, have been displayed throughout the downtown area.  During the Smokin’ Q Classic these works of art will be auctioned off at our Main stage.  Funds will go to art related groups and projects including: Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, North County Lifeline, Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation.  Sponsoring this effort is Staged4Sale, ArtBeat on Main Street, Jeff Underdahl, Vista Art Foundation, Chiropractic Rehabilitation Wellness Center and the VVBA.

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