BBQ & Brew at the Ballpark celebrates pork, fights food insecurity

Netflix Barbecue Showdown Champion Thryon Mathews will be offering grilling tips.

May 1, 2024

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Tickets are on sale for the second annual BBQ & Brew at the Ballpark. The event takes place on Saturday, June 22 at Principal Park in Des Moines from 2-7 p.m. Organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Cubs, this fun afternoon for the whole family includes a Backyard BBQ Competition featuring contestants from all over the state, contending for more than $10,000 in prize money.

Attendees get to sample the competitors’ delicious pork, plus Smokey D’s BBQ & Berkwood Farms will provide grilled pork loin sandwiches, and 15 samples of beer from Iowa’s top craft breweries will be on hand. All of that is included with the purchase of a ticket. Attendees will be able to cast a vote for their favorite Backyard BBQer in the Peoples’ Choice competition, and help a good cause.

“BBQ & Brew at the Ballpark is a terrific celebration of pork and a great way to give back to people in our communities who are in need,” said Iowa Pork Producers Association President Matt Gent, a pig farmer from Wellman. “Proceeds help fight food insecurity in Iowa. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $20,000 for Iowa food pantries and we hope to do even better this year.”

Netflix Barbecue Showdown Champion Thryon Mathews, an Iowa resident, will be offering grilling tips. Live music from local musicians will also be provided.

Tickets cost just $20 if purchased ahead of the event, available now. They will cost $30 at the door. If you just want the BBQ experience, without the brew, tickets cost just $15. Kids 5 and under get in free.

"We’re really excited to host the 2nd annual BBQ & Brew at Principal Park this summer,” Iowa Cubs Asst. GM Randy Wehofer said. “We love it when the ballpark can be a gathering place in the community for fun events that everyone can enjoy. We appreciate the partnership with the Iowa Pork Producers Association to create something that combines great food, great fun, and great service to our community. With last summer's event being a success ,we are really looking forward to making this year’s BBQ & Brew at Principal Park even better!"

A few slots are still open for the Backyard BBQ Competition. More information is available here.

Fareway Stores is also serving as a sponsor of BBQ & Brew at the Ballpark and will provide resources and support for the donations to local food pantries.

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