May 7-10, 2025  | Seawall outside the American Bank Center

Barbecue for the win

Saucy or dry. Smoky, sweet or spicy. There are endless ways to BBQ, and this annual competition lets our local pit masters battle it out. Whether you’re in it for the glory or the grub—there’s something for everyone.

How to eat
A Buc Days Gate Admission ticket allows you access to the BBQ on the Bay competition area and any public tents. (Tickets do not include access to private cook-off tents.)

How to win
Out of the many teams, recognition is given for the best BBQ, with the top prize going to the team that raises the most funds for the Buccaneer Commission Scholarship Fund.

How to donate
Each of these teams are fundraising for the Buccaneer Commission to help provide scholarships to local students.

Happy Buc Days!

For more information on the competition or how to join the fun, email [email protected] or call our office at (361) 882-3242.

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