April 27-28, 2018 • Florence, Alabama • McFarland Park
Smoke on the Water Backyard BBQ Contest Florence, Alabama

      April 28, 2018
10 AM - 5 PM

About the Event

The Smoke on the Water Festival is more than just a BBQ cook-off – it’s an event for the entire family! Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and the Alabama BBQ Association, this cook-off will determine the very best barbeque from among entrants participating from throughout the Southeast.  Winners will compete for cash prizes totaling $6,000.

But, the festival includes so much more for everyone…

  • While it lasts, you will be able to sample BBQ from some of the cook teams represented.  Come taste and vote for your favorite- the People’s Choice Awards will be based on your votes!  ($5 ticket in addition to admission for adults and youth)
  • All-day live entertainment (check out the 2018 Entertainment tab)
  • Cornhole competition ($40 entry fee per team of two people)  Cornhole Flyer
  • Access to the Beer Garden (for those of-age)
  • Vendors of all kinds
  • A “Cruise-In” car show [Sponsored by the Colbert/Lauderdale Baptist Association] Cruise-In  Flyer
  • Come see the winners at 3:00 at the main stage. [sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama]
  • A Kids Zone 
  • and loads of fun things for the entire family 
  • Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day!

For adults 18 or older, your admission is a donation of $15 or more to Shoals Scholar Dollars.

Youth under 18 enter free with a paid parent.

Armbands available at the Gate


The Festival is presented by the Rotary Club of Florence and the Greater Shoals Rotary Club, benefits Shoals Scholar Dollars, and is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Alabama Barbeque Association