Oaktown Throwdown

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A fully KCBS sanctioned barbecue competition, with Pro and Backyard events, plus a desert competition. The Oaktown Throwdown is part of Oakland's Art + Soul Festival. Pro Teams are encourage to sell bbq samples. Team applications will be online soon.



Art + Soul Presents: Oaktown Throwdown Oakland’s Inaugural Competition BBQ Fest

Date: August 1-2, 2014

Location: Jefferson & 12th St, Downtown Oakland, a block from City Hall.

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Competition-quality barbecue in Oakland for the public to enjoy. Ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork (and Tri Tip for the backyarders)--Hella Yes! Plus People's Choice and Desert Competitions.

A BBQ festival with pro and amatuer teams competing in a KCBS sanctioned competition, with family entertainment, celebrity cook-offs, cooking demos, music, awards, barbecue vendors, Oakland BBQ history display, and beer and bourbon sales. This event is in partnership with the Art + Soul Festival, the East Bay Express, and the Downtown Oakland Association. Please check back for details.

Entry Forms

Pro and Backyard Team Applications

Online Judges Application


Teams Confirmed

In no particular order -

Teams Expected



Friday Evening

Friday evening will be at the same time as First Fridays in The Uptown, Oakland's art gallery, street walk, and nighttime festival-lots of fun! With any luck, smoke from your smokers will drift their way and entice them to come down for a sampler, to get them ready for competition day.


Grand Champion

Reserve Grand Champion



Pork Ribs



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