Great Americana Barbecue Fest has strong turnout, solid showing from Alabama

Great Americana Barbecue Fest has strong turnout, solid showing from Alabama

PHOTO: The Franklin-based Honest Barbecue Company are (from left) Nic Hord, Kurt Gadke and Kris Kubicher. They were among close to 30 teams from the Greater Nashville area competing in the Great Americana Barbecue Festival Saturday. / Photos by John McBryde


The state of Alabama showed out in Franklin over the weekend, making a clean sweep at the Great Americana Barbecue competitions at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

Four barbecue teams from Alabama were crowned grand champions and reserve champions in both the pro and backyard divisions. Grand champion in the pro division was Smoke Me Silly while South Pork claimed reserve champion. In the backyard division, Hell on Squeals was grand champion and Rib Life came away with reserve champion.

In all, 73 teams from seven different states competed in the fourth annual festival hosted by the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, with close to 30 coming from Franklin and the Greater Nashville area. Attendance was estimated at around 5,000.

“We had a good turnout,” Jeff Nichols, coordinator of this year’s festival, said. “The weather was perfect, and everything went pretty much as we expected.”

The Flavor of Franklin on Friday night also had good attendance, Nichols said, with 30 restaurants represented and plenty of “tremendous music.”

Here are a few scenes from Saturday’s Barbecue.

Members of the Franklin team Inglorious Buttheads are (from left) Williamson Goodman, Craig Henderson, Kevin Million and Mark Wenzel.
Handling the H.U.B. team are Grant Heffner (left) and Blake Bousson.
Dogs enjoyed the Barbecue Festival.
Benny Duncan, son of Steven Duncan, gets in on some block action.
Rebecca Rae got in on some corn hole action with Parker Grass, Greg Black and Scott Shake.
Landon Lowe and Tristan Mutters, who are part of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, each enjoy an ice cream cone.
Sea Cadets (from left) Nicholas Hohenstein, Ayman Williams and Peyton Fitzpatrick
Music City ice cream was a popular stop.
Earl Weissert and daughter Sarah Weissert take in some of the Barbecue sights.
Ed and Ashlyn Mitchell with their son, John Mitchell.

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