Explore Shawnee Forest Country!
Each September, Murphysboro draws BBQ experts from around the world to test themselves against the best in barbecue at the annual Praise the Lard Murphysboro BBQ Cook-Off to qualify for a spot in the World Food Championships. Almost 100 teams compete for the title. The cook-off also features a steak competition, bloody mary contest, a kids' 'que, and a fish fry. After a long day of BBQ, enjoy live music each night.
Whether your're a competitor, judge, volunteer or bbq fan, it's time to schedule your journey to Murphysboro to join this year's barbecue cook-off.