Saluting With SMoke

BBQ Festival & Fundraiser

September 15-17, 2023
Raging Waves Water Park
Yorkville, IL


MZHH Battle of the Branches

Five teams of four Veterans representing each military branch are led by World Champion Caliber Pitmasters to be crowned the best military branch of service.

This competition is unlike a standard contest, as the Pitmasters, are not allowed to TOUCH ANYTHING! They must coach their Veterans through the entire competitive process.

BBQ teams present their dish to a panel of celebrity judges while being filmed and broadcast nationally.

Join us on Saturday, September 16, and watch some of the best BBQ cooks in the sport battle head-to-head to be crowned the grand champion military branch

Support Your Branch Of Service

Teams that raise the most money will receive a competitive advantage. Root your favorite branch of service on to victory and donate to them today


    Sterling Smith - Veteran

    Loot N Booty
    Representing US Navy

      Lee Hickel - Veteran

      Redmule’s Bad Ass BBQ
      Representing US Coast Guard

        Chris Webb - Veteran

        Bushmaster BBQ
        Representing US Army

          Richard Fergola

          Fergolicous BBQ
          Representing US Marine Corps

            Brad Leighninger

            Gettin Basted
            Representing US Air Force

            Apply to Compete as a Veteran

            Are you a Veteran that would like to compete on a BBQ team? No experience is required to join our mission.

            We’re currently accepting applications from Veterans across all branches.

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