The Great American Cookout is about to start its season again. 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) announced its Great American Cookout food sampling and demo tour will begin April 22 in Springfield, Missouri. The Great American Cookout will conduct cooking demonstrations and distribute samples at 20 barbecue competitions and food festivals around the US each month through November.


"We’re delighted to bring our 10th anniversary tour to some of the biggest, boldest and friendliest barbecue events in the country," said Carolyn Wells, executive director of the KCBS. "The Great American Cookout is designed to bring people together,” she added. Sponsors for the event include: McCormick Grill Mates, BUBBA burger and Ball Park Flame Grilled Jerky.

More information on the campaign, go to: or follow the events on Facebook ( and Twitter (@KCBSBBQTour).

Below is the full schedule: 

2016 Great American Cookout Tour

April 22-23: Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival, Springfield, Missouri

April 30-May 1: Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival, Ridgefield, Connecticut

May 6-7: Naptown BarBAYque, Annapolis, Maryland

May 20-21: Chesapeake Jubilee, Chesapeake, Virginia

May 27-29: National BBQ Cup, Nashville, Tennessee

June 10-11: Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival, Tryon, North Carolina

June 17-18: Barbourville BBQ Cookoff, Barbourville, Kentucky

June 25-26: Giant National Capital BBQ Battle, Washington, DC.

July 1-4: Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest, Naperville, Illinois

July 15-16: Wine, Brew & BBQ Too, New Palestine, Indiana

July 22-24: Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Columbus, Ohio

Aug. 19-21: Long Beach BBQ Festival, Long Beach, California

Aug. 31-Sept. 4: Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Sparks, Nevada

Sept. 16-18: River Falls Bacon Bash, River Falls, Wisconsin