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$50 for one general admission ticket to the Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown on Saturday, November 7, from 1–5:00 p.m. ($65 value) * Commemorative mason jar mug * Unlimited beer samples * People’s Choice ballot for best beer and best BBQ
$80 for one VIP admission ticket to the Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown on Saturday, November 7, from noon–5:00 p.m. ($95 value) * Everything included with general admission * One-hour early entry * VIP gift * Appetizer samples * Meet-and-greets with brewers and pitmasters * First access to rare and event-exclusive beers
Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
The Garden State has long been admired for its famous resorts, beautiful beaches, and luscious Springsteens. However, it’s never received its dues for its bounteous crops of barbecue and brews. That is, until now. This November, the Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown will take to Waterloo Village Concert Field to exalt the state’s top grub and suds. In this inaugural edition of an eventual autumn classic, local breweries (including Angry Erik, Beach Haus, and Bolero Snort Brewery) each serve up four styles of beers born inside the state lines.
Of course, these beers are born to run with the festivals’s other focus: barbecue. Restaurants and food trucks, such as Wharton’s Hot Rod’s BBQ and Kimchi Smoke Barbecue out of Hackensack and the award-winning Texas Smoke Barbecue (don’t worry, they’re from Jefferson), serve up their best bacon, brisket, ribs, chicken, and more, all to a soundtrack of live music. A panel of celebrity judges (including JerseyBites.com owner Deborah Smith and the mind behind The Food Lovers’ Guide to New Jersey) ends the showdown by awarding the best of the best, but don’t worry; the audience get to submit its own sauce-stained ballots to award People’s Choice nods for best BBQ and best beer.