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LA Gumbo Festival at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama May 9-11

Join us to witness the fierce competition as Alabamians and Louisianans vie to win the "Best Gumbo" award. Alabama restaurateur Bob Baumhower and Louisiana Chef John Folse will orchestrate the competition among other Gumbo Masters in a gumbo cook-off and help build the World's Largest Bowl of Gumbo at over 6 ft. tall. Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q will be signing his newest book, Fire & Smoke. The festival will feature live stage music and street music throughout the day and evening. The best artists from all over the Southeast will be selling their art; some will even be doing demonstrations.



Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 16-18, 2014 

The MIM World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is held each year at Tom Lee Park on the river in downtown Memphis.   Hundreds of the best barbecue teams in the World compete for over $110,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights.  Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights.  Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q will be there again trying to secure a 4th World Grand Championship at this event and an unprecedented 8th win in the pork category.  



Atlanta Food and Wine Festival May 30- June 1, 2014 

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a weekend like no other that brings together leaders of their craft – barbecue pit masters, award-winning chefs and mixologists, Master Sommeliers, fry cooks and local growers – in the spirit of celebrating the deep food and beverage traditions of the South.

Southern hospitality knows no limits when the AF&WF Advisory Council, which includes Big Bob Gibson’s own Chris Lilly, and a collection of award-winning chefs, mixologists and sommeliers, decide to throw a party.  Lilly will host a dinner event loaded with great chefs and more Southern Hospitality!  Also, he will teach a learning session on Saturday, May 31 called “International BBQ,” where instruction, recipes, and a barbecue tasting will be enjoyed by attendants.  



Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Saturday & Sunday June 7-8, 2014 

The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions.  Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q will be in NYC for their 14th Big Apple Barbecue serving up some of their world championship pulled pork sandwiched and spicy mustard coleslaw




34th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue October 3-5, 2014

The American Royal Barbecue is the opening event of the American Royal and the season finale for the competitive circuit. Spreading over 20 acres in Kansas City’s historic Stockyards District, and with nearly 500 teams competing in four meat categories, The Royal is the largest barbecue contest in the world. Combine this with a barbecue-related trade expo, this four-day food festival is truly the "World Series of Barbecue".  Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, of Decatur Alabama, will be in attendance and in a heated battle for the coveted Grand Championship.

Past Events



Fire & Smoke Release 

Grill like a pro with the expert recipes and tips in Fire and Smoke.  World champion pitmaster Chris Lilly combines the speed of grilling with the smoky flavors of low-and-slow barbecue for great meals any night of the week, no fancy equipment required. Cook trout in a cast-iron skillet nestled right in smoldering coals for a crispy yet tender and flaky finish. Roast chicken halves in a pan on a hot grill, charring the skin while capturing every bit of delicious juice. Infuse delicious smoke flavors into fruits and vegetables, even cocktails and desserts. Fire and Smoke gives you 100 great reasons to fire up your grill or smoker tonight.


2014 NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP BRUNCH- DAYTONA 500 – February 23, 2014 

Featuring an exclusive menu by Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q 

Chicken Wing Duo:

Raspberry Sriracha With Gorgonzola

BBQ Buffalo
This duo of slow smoked chicken wings are each prepared with a different dry rub and sauce. Garnished with crisp celery and cauliflower with sauce accompaniments.  

Blackberry Jalapeño Spare Ribs

Grilled Mexican Corn with Spiced Cotija Cheese
4-hour Hickory smoked barbecue ribs along with corn grilled over open flame and finished with a blend of yogurt, mayonnaise and lime juice and then dusted with Cotija cheese, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper

Pulled Pork Taco

Serrano Coleslaw and Black Bean Barbecue Sauce
Pulled pork right off the pit wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla shell with serrano coleslaw, grilled pico de gallo, and black bean barbecue sauce. 

Iron Skillet Apple Cobbler
Cooked in cast iron skillet directly on our barbecue pits.


South Beach Wine and Food Festival Q event, February 20, 2014

The Q event in the beach is the only way to kick-off the 2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  
This is a signature celebration of all things grilled, braised and barbecued!  Join Michael Symon as he hosts more than 40 of the nation's top chefs as they delight guests with their best dishes and savory side dishes to pair with cocktails from the Moët Hennessy portfolio.  Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q will have his giant barbecue rotisserie on hand, serving up his famous pulled pork taco with serrano coleslaw and black bean barbecue sauce. But the jaw-dropping reactions won't stop at the food . . . the stunning models featured in the upcoming 50th Anniversary edition of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will also be joining the party!  Set directly on the sparkling sands of South Beach behind the Delano Hotel underneath the Festival's beautiful white tents, this is one party your taste buds and your eyes won't soon forget!




The Art of Alabama Food, January 30, 2014

the Alabama Tourism Department will unveil the Art of Alabama Food, a traveling exhibit documenting the beloved and varied cuisine of Alabama along with the free “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” mobile app. The Art of Alabama Food will make its debut in New York City with a weeklong exhibition leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. The tour will make subsequent stops in Atlanta, New Orleans and Nashville, Tenn., later in the spring.

“With a large pool of culinary talent and innovative restaurants, it’s an exciting time for Alabama food,” says Alabama Tourism Department director Lee Sentell. “We’re excited to share a taste of that with New York City and the New York-based media, as well as a large swath of the South in a memorable way that inspires more visits to and coverage of Alabama.”

Some of the dishes on display will be prepared by Alabama guest chefs, including:

  • Bob Baumhower, Baumhower’s – locations throughout the state
  • James Boyce, Cotton Row – Huntsville
  • Lucy Buffett, LuLu’s – Gulf Shores
  • Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club – Birmingham
  • Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q – Decatur
  • Tasia Malakasis, Belle Chevre – Elkmont
  • Nick Pihakis, Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q – locations throughout the state
  • Wesley True, TRUE – Montgomery  



Kingsford Tailgate Kick-off with Julio Jones

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, Georgia Dome August 31, 2013

Chris Lilly hauls the Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q barbecue trailer to the doorsteps of the Georgia Dome to kick-off the 2013 college football season with Tide All-American and current Atlanta Falcon, Julio Jones.  This Kingsford Charcoal sponsored event will undoubtedly be the toughest ticket in Atlanta featuring a huge spread of grilled appetizers, slow-cooked barbecue, and football conversation with one of the best (That would be Julio not Chris!).




Fearing’s at the Ritz Anniversary Dinner August 18, 2013

Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q cooks at Fearing’s in Dallas at the Ritz Carlton.  Chef Dean Fearing invites Chris to his restaurant anniversary event on Sunday August 18th.  Chris whips up (very slowly) a 4-course BBQ dinner to help celebrate!!  Come join the party and get a taste for Ala/Texas barbecue!  Call 214-922-4817 for reservations.



Monday, July 8, 2013
Watch Full Episode 

The Chew kicks off their barbecue week extravaganza on Monday July, 8th.  The Big Apple BBQ block Party is the first stop treating viewers to a glimpse of this 11th Annual event on Madison Ave.  One of their host, Daphne Oz, visits with Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q as they serve New Yorkers some of their World Championship Pulled Pork.  Over the two day weekend, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q served up over 4000 pounds of pulled pork. So watch or set your DVRs this Monday!




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