It's happening this weekend. Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th, 2021 at Kenyon Noble's Bozeman location. It's big. It's fun. It's delicious. There are things you need to know.

  • WHERE: Kenyon Noble Lumber & Hardware (1243 West Oak Street, Bozeman)
  • WHEN: Friday, August 27th, 2021 & Saturday, August 28th, 2021
  • TIME: Friday: 5pm - 8pm, Saturday: 1pm - 4pm
  • Prize Categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork & Brisket

GET YOUR BBQ POKER CHIPS (for food) BEFORE THE WEEKEND: On Friday evening, you'll be using poker chips as currency to sample the BBQ made by contestants. Sure, you can buy them on Friday at the event but getting them in advance, like NOW, at any Kenyon Noble location will save you standing in that line on Friday night. Trust me. Friday is busy. Buy your chips ahead of time and just show up ready to taste some great BBQ.

THE MONTANA PITMASTER CLASSIC BENEFITS THE GALLATIN VALLEY YMCAAll the more reason to eat as much tasty BBQ as possible on Friday night! The more you spend on poker chips, the more the YMCA will benefit. Don't forget, there's live music at Kenyon Noble that night so it really does turn into a party.

SATURDAY IS EDUCATIONAL WITH PRO DAY DEMOS AND SAMPLES: Starting at 1pm on Saturday, you'll be able to learn from the BEST OF THE BEST in BBQ and grilling. Industry leaders will be here to hold demos and classes for you. Traeger, Weber, Big Green Eggs, Daniel's Meats and more will on hand simply to teach and share knowledge.

THE MONTANA PITMASTER CLASSIC IS SANCTIONED BY KCBS, WITH SERIOUS PRIZE MONEY TO BE AWARDED: The KCBS is the Kansas City Barbeque Society, an organization that is recognized to world over for their sanctioned BBQ events and education. The Montana Pitmaster Classic awards $15,000 in cash prizes to their winners.

  • GRAND CHAMPION = $2,000
  • RESERVE CHAMPION = $1,000
  • CATEGORY PRIZES FROM 1ST - 10TH
  • 1ST - $1,000; 2ND - $500; 3RD - $200; 4TH - $100; 5TH - $75;
  • 6TH – 10TH – AWARD PLAQUES
  • OVERALL PRIZES FROM 3RD - 10TH
  • 3RD - $500; 4TH - $300; 5TH - $200
  • 6TH – 10TH – AWARD PLAQUES

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