The Kentucky State BBQ Festival celebrates barbecue in all it’s forms. Beef, pork, chicken – Texas, Carolina, Memphis, St. Louis, Nashville and more styles, our 7 Pitmasters are ready tos erve you some of the best BBQ you’ve ever eaten. We have Mike Mills, the Legend, coming from 17th Street Barbecue in Murphysboro, IL. Mike is a several times champion at Memphis in May. Stop and get your picture taken with this BBQ icon. Carey Bringle, the Peg Leg Porker, will be bringing his crew from Peg Leg Porker, the hotest new restaurant in Nashville, TN. Carey is a championship competitor with his own unique style of barbecue. You’ll want to stop by and say hello to Carey and his crew. Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ will be cooking up his championship barbecue for you. From Des Moines, IA, Moe is a prolific competitor, spending most every weekend on the BBQ circuit. He only cooks for events a few times a year, so come and meet this larger than life Pitmaster in Danville, KY. Craig Kimmel and the Firehouse BBQ gang from DeLand, FL will be here once again. Craig is an innovative Pitmaster who always has something new up his sleeve. His BBQ Sundae was a big hit last year. What will he do this year? Firehouse BBQ is a crowd favorite at the KY State BBQ Festival and the Central Florida food truck scene, so make sure to stop by. Shelly Frisch of Desperados BBQ in Angola, NY has been a staple of the KY State BBQ Festival since it’s debut in 2011. Shelly is a champion competitor and restauranteur and brings her special brand of barbecue to the Festival. This year, she is also the only woman Pitmaster serving at the Festival. Shane Draper of Draper’s BBQ is a 3rd generation BBQ Pitmaster from Cunningham, KY. Shane is an innovator and last year his Pulled Pork Nachos were a big hit at the Festival. Wonder what he’ll bring this year? It will be good no matter what! Shane is a champion who sold BBQ sauce at the 1st KY State BBQ Festival, did the same and did some great cooking demos at the 2nd one, and became a full vendor at last year’s Festival. Ask him about his sauce. Lucky Dog BBQ is the catering company of Kentucky State BBQ Festival founders Brad and Cindy Simmons. A favorite throughout the Bluegrass, Lucky Dog is well-known for serving some of the finest barbecue this side of the Red River – Texas style, that is. Ask Pitmaster Rod Bennett for one of their beef Bronto ribs. At almost a full pound, you may need some help to finish it. Naw, you can do it. Just Cowboy-up and finish that thing!