Sweet Georgia Pigs & Peaches

"Experience the mouth-watering aroma and delicious taste of smoke-cooked barbeque, savor every heavenly bite of sweet peach desserts, and take delight in every moment of fun at the City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ contest, which is recognized as a Georgia Barbecue Championship contest; as well as a Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners."

                                                     -from Pigs & Peaches website

 My tent was set up right across from one of the PitMaster Champions BBQ vendors...almost time to open!

My tent was set up right across from one of the PitMaster Champions BBQ vendors...almost time to open!

A warning. The proceeding bad grammar, misspellings and dumb insights are mine and mine only.Basically I am Hank Hill, add the BBQ/Chef gear and accesseries nix the propane. I don't  compete as a BBQ cook, smoker, griller or any other appropriate moniker. These reviews are for crafters, BBQ enthusiasts, and circus clowns(like me) who make their living traveling the roads of these great United States every week, selling their wares. If you like these little snapshots of our lives, great. If you don't, it ain't that serious!


Listen... my wife and I have participated BBQ competitions all over the East Coast. Up in the Georgia hills, the Tennessee backwoods, the Jersey Shore, Key West, all over the place. This show in Kennesaw, Georgia is one of my favorites. Why? We have watched it grow from nothing into a nice show...plus I don't have to travel much. This show started in 2007  in a parking lot, with our tent setup under a huge oak tree and maybe 20 BBQ competitors. Now it has over 100 professional and backyard competitors, KCBS certified, with over $16,000 in cash prizes- It is now not only the best in the state of Georgia, but one of the best in the country. Kennesaw is only about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta, so you don't have to take any 'as the crow fly' backroads to get there. Pigs & Peaches is set in Adams Park, and most of it is within the parking lots and interior roads of the park. There is a combination of former KCBS competitors & backyard barbeque vendors selling the particular brand of 'Que. Many of the vendors are past winners of Pigs & Peaches and other BBQ competitions nationwide. News Flash: People actually like coming to BBQ comps to eat/sample barbeque, not just watch the competitors! I have participated in so many competitions where they only have 2-3 bbq vendors-great dinero for the chosen bbq'ers, but it which long lines and people get frustrated. I would much rather sample lots of different recipes for ribs and brisket. There are atleast 25 individual vendors with their own particular take on swine, fowl and beef. The cool thing about competitive BBQ contests is that there really isn't much bad barbeque to be had from professional smokers. Difference between Grand Champ and second place is pretty small generally speaking. I am not a flag waiver or proponent of the definition of real BBQ. Generally, any meat the meets grill with smoke means good in my book. I like it with a simple salt/pepper dry rub and I like it with sauce. I like Kansas City style  tomato based thick sauces and I like Carolina style sauce with the red pepper and vinegar. I like it all!

 This is a shot from our tent as the rainstorm drives all of the patrons away. Always carry tent sides...you never know!

This is a shot from our tent as the rainstorm drives all of the patrons away. Always carry tent sides...you never know!

Another reason Pigs & Peaches has grown is that spectators are allowed in free, so they average anywhere from 30K-50K spectators, so it is a more family atmosphere because everybody comes. Believe it or not, I have participated in BBQ competitions that patrons actually have to pay to walk around within the festival. There is a huge area for kids to play, seating for a couple hundred spectators at one of the 2 music stages. We have done this show about 7 years, but this year we were tortured by heat and rain. It was about 95 degrees at about 85% humidity, which means lots of sweat and electric fans. Friday night the festival doesn't open til 6pm, so it was relatively cool(bout 75 degrees), but Saturday, the busiest day of the festival, it was hot. Luckily brought the electric fan with me, the crowds were a little smaller and less willing to spend money. Many of the BBQ vendors traditionally run out of food on Saturday, but for the first time ever, they were forced to drop their prices because of the smaller crowds.

Pigs & Peaches is a nice overall experience. The setting is urban, but the spirit and atmosphere is surely good ol' country Southern charm. Parking can be tight sometimes around the venue, and will probably costs around $5, contribution going to local Boy Scout troops. They have got atleast 2 beer & wine tents for patrons, so you can get your liquor on. There are several few sponsored tents scattered throughout the affair with giveaways and sales pitches. Live bands play old rock n'roll and soul music from morn til night, with fireworks at the end of the show on Saturday around 9:30pm. If you are ever in the Atlanta area towards the end of August, I would definitely come thru and taste some brisket, ribs, and pulled pork from these iron chef barbeque specialists at Pigs & Peaches. If you are a crafter or sell BBQ accessories, it can be a decent show financially, but like any other craft/food festival its still a bit of a crap shoot. I have participated since the beginning so I tend to have a lotta repeat customers. Any crafters/bbq'ers that need more specifics can always email me at bbqaffairs@gmail.com. One love-I am outta here!