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The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of barbecue in the Northwest.The PNWBA is committed to educating the public in the furtherance and development of authentic barbecue knowledge through cooking classes, judging classes, and competition barbecue cooking events. Our organization is managed by a Board of Directors who are made up completely with volunteers.


Welcome to the new Pacific Northwest BBQ Association website, launched in early 2020. To better serve our members, we have now integrated our membership and event systems with our website. 

Upcoming events

    • 02/29/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 1501 NE 164th Avenue, Vancouver, WA

    For more information and Registration


    • 03/14/2020
    • 03/15/2020
    • Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center , Redmond Oregon

    Registrations are being taken by Foodsport Consulting


    • 03/28/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Franklin County Fire District 3 – Station 33, Pasco, WA

    BBQ Cooking Class

    This class is perfect for anyone who wants to enter a BBQ competition or simply become the best pitmaster in the neighborhood. This is a hands-on BBQ class teaching the basics of meat selection, fire management, cooking timelines, and flavor profiles. A great class for anyone who loves BBQ!


    Class Topics:

    • Competition BBQ Basics, Tips, Tricks & Timelines
    • BBQ Equipment
    • BBQ Theory
    • Meat Selection
    • Wood Selection
    • Theory of Rubs & Sauce Flavor Profiles

    Learn to cook the four BBQ Competition Meats:

    • Beef Brisket
    • Pork Butt (Shoulder)
    • Chicken
    • Pork Ribs 
    • Smoked Tailgate Appetizers

    Class participants will have the opportunity to cook four competition meats: Beef Brisket, Pork Butt, Chicken, & Pork Ribs. Other aspects of the class will include basic bbq equipment information, barbecue theory, meat selection, wood selection, theory and practice of rub and sauce making and presentation. This is a hands on cooking class after instruction teams will trim, season, and cook the four competition meats. At the end of the day, teams will submit entries in a class competition and receive feedback from judges on their entries.

    All meat, rubs, sauce, turn-in boxes, wood and charcoal will be furnished for teams.

    Cooks should bring:

    • Charcoal / wood burning smokers (NO GAS or electric (pellet smokers ok)). The number of smokers needed will depend on size and should be able to cook 1 brisket, 1 pork butt, 2 racks of ribs, and 6 chicken thighs at a minimum. Two 22” backyard kettle or vertical water pan smoker such as a Weber Smokey Mountain is recommend. If cooks want to take the class but do not have a smoker we have a limited number that we can loan out for the day. Arrangements must be made in advance.
    • Chimney starter and lighter
    • Any specific wood and charcoal you want to use
    • Pop up tent are useful 8x8 or 10x10 (class will not be cancelled for rain).
    • Knives, tongs, cutting boards, bowls
    • Digital thermometer
    • Aluminum foil, disposable foil pans.
    • Folding table
    • Chairs
    • Cooler for personal drinks, etc.


    Eric Mendel – Pitmaster of Slow Porkin' BBQ
    Rob Kimmons – Pitmaster of Rob's Smokin' and Grillin' BBQ


    Franklin County Fire District 3 – Station 33
    8271 Selph Landing Road
    Pasco, WA 99301

    Google Maps


    • 7:00 AM Class Begins - Students should come early enough to unload and get set up before 7.
    • 12:00 PM Lunch Break – lunch provided.
    • 5:30 PM Class Ends

    For all the details: PNWBA.COM, in the FORUM, Event Information page.

    Registration Details:

    Cost: $199 per person

    Registration includes:

    • 1 year membership to PNWBA
    •  Meat, rub, and sauce included for class

    Registration closes:  March 21, 2020

    COOKS WILL BE GROUPED TOGETHER IN TEAMS OF TWO (each person must pay entry fee). If you have two or more people you want together as a team please register together or indicate on the form who you want your partner to be!

    * Space is limited! No onsite registration.


    Email: or Eric Mendel: 206-617-1294

    • 03/28/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Franklin County Fire District 3 – Station 33, Pasco, WA

    PNWBA Judging Class

    Do you think you know what good “BBQ” is? Have you wondered exactly what judges look for?

    Here is your chance to become a certified BBQ judge and to taste some of the best BBQ in the world. As a class participant you will have the opportunity to sample four competition


    • Pork Butt (Shoulder)
    • Beef Brisket
    • Chicken
    • Pork Ribs.

    Upon completion of the class you will be able to judge at any PNWBA sanctioned BBQ event

    What to bring:

    Bring a notebook and pen to take notes, and bring your appetite - there will be delicious BBQ meats sampled during class.

    Entry Fee:

    • $65.00 USD per Student
    • $50.00 USD for current KCBS CBJ

    Entry fees include one year of PNWBA Membership


    Franklin County Fire District 3 – Station 33
    8271 Selph Landing Road
    Pasco, WA 99301

    Google Maps

    Contact for Questions:

    Eric Mendel:   206-617-1294
    Lance Rasmussen:  206-601-2337

    • 04/04/2020
    • Wayne Fettback's Back Yard

    For more information contact Wayne 

    Wayne Fettback

    • 04/17/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/19/2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Puyallup Fairgrounds
    • 12

    2020 Washington State Spring Fair BBQ Playoffs

    Sunday, March 29th

    Your completed Health Dept forms must be submitted by then, as well.
    Health District Form

    When completed but NOT later than Sun, Mar 29th, EMAIL to:

    (Include all foodstuffs you will be sampling, including competition
    leftovers if you are doing so.)

    Remember to also get your Washington Food Workers Card and
    bring it to post in your site!

    Load-In:  Friday 4/17 10am & Saturday 4/18  6 - 8am

    For all the important details you'll need like schedule, payout, sampling, load-in/out info, you name it,    go to... 



       Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA


    Use the Green Entrance (Service Entrance) at the South end of the fairgrounds.

    From I-5 go East on Highway 512 and exit at Meridian.

    Right on Meridian and almost immediately turn Right onto 15th then drive under the freeway and turn Right again into the Fairgrounds on 5th.  You'll turn Right again from 5th and check in at the staffed entrance gate.  ("Hi. We're loading in for the BBQ Playoffs")  Get your pass and SLOWLY follow that perimeter road to our competition site which will eventually be on your left.


    RV Registration Form

    Send directly to the Fair but we suggest calling them to pay with a credit card so they don't have to wait for a check to clear the bank causing you to pay the higher rate after April 3rd.

    • 04/24/2020
    • 11:00 AM
    • 04/25/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • HAPO Center 6600 Burden Boulevard Pasco, WA 99301

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