The BBQ Competition will be held at Festival Square in Downtown Independence: 312 East railroad Ave. Independence, LA  



Head to Head BBQ Action! 

In 2018, the Independence Fire Department needed to raise money to purchase new equipment. After countless fundraising suggestions, the two-day Smokin’ On the Tracks BBQ Cook Off was born. 

Teams return each May to fight for bragging rights over Chicken, Brisket, & Ribs! Local and national crews from across the South show up each year to make our growing cook-off into what it is today. Everyone is ready to take home the crown title of BBQ Grand Champion. While others steady compete for lots of other prizes and cash pay-outs too. The competition is fierce but friendly!

Smokin’ On the Tracks is a free event open to the public with plenty to do: Live music, food vendors, arts & crafts booths, and even a local farmers market. Teams start cooking Friday night with a chicken wing competition. Saturday, we start off with our Kids Que Division. Adult teams turn in Chicken, Ribs, and Brisket at the end of the day. Anyone can be a judge on the tracks! Just find a fireman and they will be glad to assist you.

Bring the whole family out for some good entertainment, fun in the sun, & a taste of Real Southern BBQ. Help support the fine men and women who tirelessly give of their time to provide Fire Protection Services to the wonderful Town of Independence. Join in the experience on June 12 & 13th 2020!



50 local and national BBQ cooking teams from throughout the South Travel to downtown Independence, Louisiana to compete for the title of Grand Champion along with cash and prizes.

This Cook Off is a BCA sanctioned event Although you do not have to be a BCA member to compete. Everyone is welcome to compete! 

Teams start cooking Friday night, with a chicken wing competition. Saturday,
we start off with our Kids Que Division, where kids ages 5-15 compete for cash
and prizes like the adults. Meanwhile the adults will be applying there BBQ craft on the Chicken, Ribs, and
Brisket to turn in at the end of the day.

Lets see what got! Join today!

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Our mission for this event is to purchase up to date lifesaving equipment for our volunteer firefighters. 
The yearly budget is only enough to cover daily operations, leaving no extra money for the department to purchase our volunteers proper gear and equipment they need to do the job.

In addition to raising money for our volunteers, each year we pick a local non-profit organization to share a portion of our proceeds with. A percentage of this year’s proceeds will benefit the American Legion Post 109. The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization founded on the values, contributions, and sacrifices of those who answered the nation's call to arms. 

With your help we can assure our local community needs are met while also experiencing two days of good music & great BBQ!

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