Smokin’ on The REZ – October 23rd and 24th

  • October 23, 2015


3rd annual Smokin’ on The Rez

BBQ and Music Festival Oct. 23-24


Free BBQ highlights event at Barnett Reservoir

The 3rd annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 23-24 at Old Trace Park overlooking Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland.

On Saturday, the $10 admission to the event will include a big BBQ plate of pulled pork prepared by the competitors, as well as grilled sausage provided by Polk’s Meats of Magee, and sides.

The Music Festival will provide tunes from some of the Mississippi’s most talented and popular musicians performing on the Polk’s Music Stage.

Friday night is free to the public, and offers patio cooks their best chance to visit with and get tips from some of the best pitmasters and teams in the world of competitive BBQ as they prepare for the contest.

On Saturday, the BBQ plates will be served, along with a daylong side of great music, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday until the supply is exhausted.

Mr. Sipp, the Mississippi Blues Child with a stage presence akin to Chuck Berry, headlines the all-Mississippi music lineup. Mr. Sipp will play from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday’s music begins at 11 a.m. with Jackson’s own harmonica man Scott Albert Johnson, with Chalmers Davis on keyboards, playing tunes from Johnson’s recently released “Going Somewhere” CD.

At 1:30 p.m., local favorites Andrew Pates and Barry Leach will take the stage, joined by some friends, to cover a full range of music.

SoulShot will provide the music from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

A children’s area will be located in the grass area near the stage.

Beer, water and other beverages will be sold on site. No outside coolers will be allowed.

Smokin’ on The Rez is made possible by Foundation sponsors, including Southern Beverage, Polk’s Meats, Academy Sports, I Heart Radio, Mississippi DEQ and Ergon, plus a grant from Mississippi Tourism’s Visit Mississippi program.  For more information, please visit

Download team applications / rules / judges apps below

2015 BBQ rules

2015 BBQ application

2015 judges app