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Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour Stops in Auburn Hills

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Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour Stops in Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you missed the opportunity to pick up some barbeque tips from some of the region’s top BBQ Pit Maters at the Auburn Hills Summerfest, there is no need to worry.  The City of Auburn Hills is pleased to announce that the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour will be making a stop here in Auburn Hills.


The tour is making its way through the United States, looking for a new champion of competition BBQ.  On Friday, July 17th, thirty BBQ teams will begin setting up their camps, in the parking lot of Sam’s Club located at the corner of Joslyn Road and Brown Road, to start preparing four different meats (chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket) for their smoker.  With $10,000 of prize money at stake, teams are sure to keep a close eye on their smoker while they cook throughout the night.  They want to assure their meat will be appealing to the eye, tender and flavorful.


Judging will take place on Saturday and be conducted by KCBS certified BBQ judges.  Teams will turn in their chicken entry at noon followed by pork ribs (12:30 pm), pork (1:00 pm) and brisket (1:30 pm).

Last year’s Sam’s Club National BBQ Champion team “iBQ’” from the great state of Michigan will also be in attendance to defend their title.


If you’re looking to pick up some barbeque tips, a cooking demonstration will be held at the event stage on Saturday at 1:00 pm.  If you’re interested in learning more about excellence in barbeque, please visit the Kansas City BBQ Society’s website at

***For those BBQ enthusiasts wishing to become a KCBS certified BBQ judge a class is being offered by the Birch Run Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 20th, from 10:00am to 2:30pm.  For more information please