Pork & Brew State BBQ Championship

July 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Events, Food

Go hog crazy this weekend at Rio Rancho’s Ninth Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship from July 6 – 8, 2012. 

Among the barbe-kudos for Pork & Brew: It’s one of the the largest events in New Mexico, with attendance over 20,000 last year, and it was voted on the 2009 and 2012 lists of Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta makes the list too!).

Rio Rancho’s Ninth Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship runs from Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8, 2012, and the event includes live entertainment, chain saw carving,  a magic show, and kids’ activities such as fun jumps. See the full Pork & Brew schedule in a PDF.

And then of course there’s the BBQ… this is an officially sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society event, and contest winners go to Kansas City, KS, to participate at the nationals.

Admission is a budget-friendly $5, or $3 for seniors (60+) and for kids aged 3-12. Tots aged 2 or under go free!  If you’re licking your lips, note that this is for entry only, you have to fork out for food.

Ticket packages including BBQ Bucks to spend at food vendors are available today, July 5, offering:

  • $25 BBQ Bucks and two Pork & Brew admissions for $25
  • $50 BBQ Bucks and four Pork & Brew admissions for $50
  • $75 BBQ Bucks and six Pork & Brew admissions for $75

So if  you spend those BBQ Bucks, you effectively get your admission for free. Note however that there is a $5 “convenience charge” per package if you buy online, plus a $2.50 ‘will call’ charge to collect the ticket. So those packages save you more if you have a larger party going to the event, and you’re gonna eat a lot of BBQ! 

The Pork & Brew State BBQ Championship ticket packages are only available through Thursday July 5, online until 11.59 pm, or from the Santa Ana Star Center Box office (1-888-694-4849) until 5 pm.

Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship 2012 takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center:

  • Friday July 6 from noon to 9 pm
  • Saturday July 7 from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday July 8 from 11 am to 7 pm

Santa Ana Star Center is located at 3001 Civic Center, Rio Rancho.



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