Food, Fun, Family

BBQ Competition


The Rocket City BBQ Cook-Off and WhistleStop Festival is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Sanctioning insures that a high standard of judging criteria is used to determine our winners.


The KCBS division is for the pros. Put your skills to the test and see if you can win the $3000 grand prize. Categories include Pork, Pork Ribs, Chicken, Beef Brisket, and Dessert.

More KCBS information

Shade Tree

The Shade Tree division is for the weekend barbeque warriors. Space is limited, so get your entries in as soon as possible.

More Shade Tree information

New for 2010

Check back soon for more information on our new People’s Choice Awards competition and our Kids Q competition.


Main Stage

Last year The Charlie Daniels Band headlined our mainstage. This year we are working hard to bring the Tennessee Valley another big name. Check back in early 2010 for our big announcment on who will headline the WhistleStop Festival main stage.

Shade Tree Stage

The Shade Tree Stage features the best of the Tennessee Valley's local musicians. We are still working on this years line-up so be sure to check back to see the 2010 performers.

Presented by:

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Funded by:

Alabama Constitution Village Foundation

All proceeds benefit:

Early Works Museum Complex

Host hotel:

Holiday Inn Downtown Huntsville