Salt City BBQ Festival
 Saturday, May 21-Sunday, May 22, 2016                                           Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY
Saturday-11am - 11pm   Sunday-noon - 7pm
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Eat BBQ and help homeless veterans!
Welcome to the Salt City BBQ Festival
The Salt City BBQ Festival is a BBQ event featuring BBQ restaurants selling great BBQ, a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned BBQ contest, music and beer.  This is a fundraiser for Phoenix Philosophies, an organization that purchases and renovates homes to house our homeless veterans here in Syracuse, NY.  Come on down and eat awesome BBQ and help us raise funds to help those that have served us and need our help.

​The 2016 Salt City BBQ Festival features a professional BBQ Cook-off on Saturday.  Come on down and visit some of the world's best BBQ'ers as they compete for cash and prizes.  Bring your camera and take pictures of their impressive cookers as these teams compete for important points and cash.

On Saturday we also welcome the Kids' Q cookoff. Kids love to get in on the action too and we're not leaving them behind. More details will be published soon on the "Kid's Q" competition.

On Sunday we welcome the Amateur Cook-off.  Judged by local celebrities this is your chance to get in on the action.  Are you a BBQ legend in your neighborhood?  Enter one or more of our categories and compete for local bragging rights.  The categories are:  1) the North American Burger Championship, a burger competition, 2) Steak, the winner here is automatically qualified for the World Steak Invitational at the World Food Championships, 3) Sides (macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw....etc...), 4) Chicken Wings and 5) Desserts, the winner in this category qualifies to compete in the World Food Championships.  Please refer to the rules section on the "BBQ competition" page of this website for specific information regarding contest rules.

The 2016 Salt City BBQ Festival is bigger and better than ever.  Come on down to Clinton Square and help support a great cause by eating awesome BBQ!
Vote for the 2nd Annual Jeffrey Coon Peoples Choice Award

Jeffrey Coon was a veteran, classically trained chef, BBQ connoisseur and a mainstay at Dinosaur BBQ from 1998 until his passing in 2013.  Jeff's passion for BBQ was as obvious as his smile.  We're proud to name our inaugural People's Choice Award after this great guy.  Vote for your favorite BBQ stand at the Salt City BBQ Festival.  The winner receives the 1st Annual Jeffrey Coon People's Choice Award.
This is a "FREE ADMISSION" Festival!