Great Alabama Public Television Barbecue Cook-off

Join Alabama Public Television on Sunday, May 5 at Back 40 Beer Company in Birmingham for an afternoon for music and food!

Alabama Public Television Heats Up Birmingham with Great Barbecue & Music

Sunday, May 5 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Alabama Public Television is smokin’ things up this Spring with its inaugural GREAT ALABAMA PUBLIC TELEVISION BARBECUE COOK-OFF, Sunday, May 5th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Back Forty Beer Company, located next to Birmingham’s historic Sloss Furnaces. Tickets, which include barbecue lunch and music, are $25 each or $80 for a family 4-pack and are available at

This family-friendly event will be a delicious competition featuring 20 barbecue teams vying for prizes and trophies. While the judges decide which team will take home the top prize, attendees can enjoy delicious barbecue plates and live music by Alabama favorites Three on a String and Sean of the South. A children’s area will offer PBS Kids activities.

Three on a String – featuring Bobby Horton, Jerry Ryan, Brad Ryan and Andy Meginiss -  has been delighting audiences in Alabama and around the country for more than 50 years. Writer/columnist/podcaster and Southern storyteller Sean Dietrich, known to millions as Sean of the South, brings his own brand of music and fun. Sean’s new television show, Sean of the South on the Air, premieres on APT on May 10.

Event Highlights:

  • BBQ Lunch
  • Live music by Three on a String and Sean of the South
  • Sample BBQ from 20 competition teams
  • Awards ceremony recognizing the best in barbecue
  • PBS Kids activities for children


  • General Admission: $25
  • Family 4-Pack: $80 (perfect for a day out with the whole crew!)

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