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New Albany Blues Brews & BBQ


Early Bird Special


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Friday September 27th


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Saturday September 28th


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Welcome THE BBQ Buddha to NABBBFest 2019


Pitmaster Chris Sussman

Chris Sussman (aka The BBQ Buddha) has been a backyard Pit Master since 2009 honing his craft in the Washington D.C. area before moving to Louisville, KY in 2017. Chris refuses to take shortcuts with his BBQ and does everything using real wood, often staying up all night tending to the fire and meat slowly smoking inside his pit. Using a variety of smokers, such as Big Green Egg and a 250-gallon offset smoker named “Esther”, Chris is ready for any occasion. 

Chris was a member of the winning team for the people's choice award at the 2017 Big Green Egg EGGtoberfest and on the runner-up team for the people’s choice award in 2016. He is on the official Big Green Egg team and travels around the country to cook at events (most recently at Memphis in May 2019) demonstrating how to use a Big Green Egg. Chris has cooked with the Dizzy Pig BBQ Company competition BBQ team which has won 15 Grand Championships. 

Chris writes a successful BBQ blog (https://thebbqbuddha.com) which has been featured on MSN Lifestyle, Huffington Post, and Thrillist. Chris has an avid following on Instagram working with many high profile brands such as Budweiser, Char-Broil, Omaha Steaks, Walmart, Snake River Farms, and more!


BBQ Competitors Prizes 2019

Master Series

$5,000.00 in prize money

Grand - $1,000.00

Reserve - $600.00

Top 5 in each category- Ribs, Chicken, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket

1st $400.00

2nd $250.00

3rd $100.00

4th $75.00

5th $25.00

Can you make a mouthwatering margarita?

We're  excited to be partnering with Cabo Wabo Tequila for our first Caborita competition. Any competitor who wishes to participate will receive a chance to win $250.00 for first place.

Teams will receive one bottle of Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequilla to use for their turn-ins. More details are in the registration forms.

Teams with the highest overall score in this ancillary category will receive an additional $500.00 at the end of the series.

Backyard Series

Info Coming Soon!

Registration Forms

New Albany Indiana BBQ Series

Backyard BBQ Competition 2018 Results


1st - Q Pine

2nd - Gettin' Piggy with It

3rd - Jim Beam Boston Butts


1st - Oink Oink Baby BBQ

2nd - Gettin' Piggy with It

3rd - Nut House BBQ


1st - Oink Oink Baby BBQ

2nd - Gettin' Piggy with It

3rd - Q Pine

2018 Competing Teams

Coxtales Brentworks & Smokehouse

Harley Chicks

Oink Oink BBQ

Po Boys BBQ

Gettin' Piggy with It

All About Smoke

CB Ques

Nut House BBQ

Q Pine

Off the Wall

Jim Beam Boston Butts

Rib Fest / Sponsored by Tuckers

What we're about



Smokin' hot, fresh served, electric wound, dirty gritty blues music. 



Frothy, fresh, home grown craft beer from Southern Indiana's finest microbrews. 



Kentuckiana's best BBQ artists, lined up and competing for your taste buds. Nothing better than a heaping platter of BBQ to go with tasty blues licks. 

Our Mission

Our Heritage

Our passion is to bring people together to share and experience America’s original music; blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Our blues festival will have the best barbecue competition in Southern Indiana. music festival

Our Talent

Local and National acts experienced in these styles of music, along with Southern Indiana buisness, will be featured.

Our Locals

We want to stress the importance that this will be a homegrown, grassroots event, locally owned and operated, where everyone is welcome to volunteer and attend.