Presented by: Plano Skies Solar Project

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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