St. Bernard to host KCBS Backyard Competition

(St. Bernard)

CULLMAN, Ala. –   St. Bernard Prep School is adding another fun event to the seventh annual Bernard Blues and BBQ.  On Sept. 9,  St. Bernard will host its first backyard barbecue cook-off.

Amateur teams can register now for this Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)-sanctioned Backyard Competition at at a cost of $150 per team.

The festival will bring amateur teams from across the region to north Alabama, with competitions taking place in a variety of categories including chicken, ribs and  People’s Choice wings.  The event kicks off on Saturday morning with introductions of the teams as they prepare for competition.

All competitions will take place on Saturday, with the awards presentation set for Saturday afternoon. Judges will begin critiquing the competitors’ food beginning at noon, with the judging of chicken, then ribs at 12:30 p.m.  People’s Choice wings sampling will begin at 1:30 for guests who have purchased special sampling tickets at the festival.

The first-place overall winner will receive a guaranteed $1,000 cash prize. Second place will receive $500.

Cash prizes will be presented to the top three winners in each of the specific categories as well. All  teams will need to provide their own electricity; water will be available for use.

The KCBS is the no. 1 organization of grilling and live-fire smoking enthusiasts globally. It is also the top sanctioning body for barbecue food sports. Throughout the event guests will be able to learn more about the art of barbecuing and the techniques used by the professionals.

All kinds of food will be available at the seventh annual Bernard Blues and BBQ Arts and Crafts Festival, which will take place Sept. 9-10, including pulled pork, BBQ ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, strawberry waffles, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more.

In addition to handmade arts and crafts, the school is giving away over $11,500 in cash prizes on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023. All it takes to win is a $5 donation to the school.

An admission donation of $10 is requested. Children 5 and younger get in free. All proceeds benefit St. Bernard Preparatory School.

For additional information contact Joyce Nix at 256-255-5860 or Find out more at