Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club Brings Back Annual Boro BBQ Festival

Apr 28, 2023 at 09:20 am by WGNS

MURFREESBORO –  What’s better than BBQ, live music, food trucks, a Beer Garden, and a beautiful spring day in the Boro? Nothing. Plain and simple.

The Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club is proud to bring back its annual celebration of community, the Boro BBQ Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday May 13, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Oaklands Mansion. The event is free and open to the public. Festivities and food begin at 10 a.m. The event is proudly sponsored by Swanson Companies.


The festival encompasses several events in one!

The Dr. George Smith KCBS BBQ Brawl

More than 50 competitors hailing from across the southeast US will haul their smokers into Murfreesboro, prepare rubs, bastes, and sauces, then smoke chicken and ribs to perfection in Rutherford County’s only KCBS-sanctioned event. The total purse is $5,000.

People’s Choice Competition
KCBS is the national BBQ championship authority, and they say the public can’t eat the competition meats…but the Breakfast Rotary found a way to let the public judge the cookers! For $10 (tickets purchased on-site), attendees can taste ten 2oz pulled pork samples and vote for their favorite. Did you know that most restaurants serve 6 ounce servings of pulled pork? Do the math! Competitors covet this award higher than certified KCBS judges! It’s a Win Win Win!

Tennessee High School Steak Cook-Off
Area high schools will compete for a cash prize and bragging rights as the best culinary program in the mid-state.  Each culinary team receives their cut of beef in the morning, and have several hours to prepare the steak, set up plating, and rehearse their presentation before three KCBS-certified judges. Murfreesboro Water & Sewer is also a sponsor of this event.

Tennessee Whiskey Tasting and Beer Garden
Adult attendees can sample the best sour mash that Tennessee has to offer on the secluded back patio of Oaklands Mansion or sample the while enjoying live music on the festival grounds. Tickets for the Whiskey Tasting are only $15 and can be purchased at the event.

Live Music from the Pros and Soon-to-be-Pros
The event will feature two professional bands performing on the main stage, beginning with the End of the Line at 11. At 1:00, Ultimate Oldies. And student performances throughout the day!

Lastly, don’t forget the Food Trucks, Craft Vendors, and Family Fun. You’ll be bouncing and petting (barnyard animals) your way to family memories!

The Boro BBQ Festival is the club's top annual fundraising event. The club hopes to earn over $100,000 to support Rutherford County non-profits. Sponsors include Swanson Companies, Middle Tennessee Electric, Dick and Martha Curl, Barker & Christol, and the Murfreesboro Pulse.

For more details and information, please visit the BoroBBQ Festival or visit our Facebook page.

The Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International which is a worldwide organization of business and professional men and women dedicated to providing humanitarian services, encouraging high moral standards, and promoting peace throughout the world. Through its many diverse missions and projects Rotary also seeks to encourage its members to engage in active public service, public welfare, and to exemplify sound standards of conduct in local civic and community affairs. Rotarians strive to impact the community in which they live with manpower, talent, leadership, guidance and financial support.

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