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The Steel City Smokeout

Saturday, July 20 · view days & times
Venue: PNC Plaza

Produced in partnership with Nick's BBQ, The Steel City Smokeout is a brand new barbeque competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association!

Master and backyard teams from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region will be competing in a number of categories to win cash prizes from a purse of $10,000. You can see how these teams prepare delicious meats while getting some of your own from the barbeque vendors that will be on hand! Barbeque made by the competing teams will not be available for sampling.

Interested in registering for the Master Series Competition? Click here to register.

We’re currently at our max capacity for backyard teams. To be placed on a waitlist in the event that we’re able to add more, please write to Director of Event Operations Eric Bauder at ebauder@artsquest.org.

Interested teams must apply on or before June 20. To learn about specific requirements for competing, please contact ArtsQuest Director of Event Operations Eric Bauder at ebauder@artsquest.org.

Food Vendors
  • 4 Raices Street Tacos
  • Grubnight Food Truck
  • You got Pork’d
  • Kona Ice of Allentown
  • Mon and Mel’s Sweet Scoops Ice Cream Truck
  • and more to be announced!

General Admission

12-6 p.m.

Buy Tickets

General AdmissionApr 2-Jul 14Jul 15-20
Price$8$12

VIP

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Buy Tickets

VIPApr 2-Jul 14Jul 15-20
Price$69$79
ArtsQuest Member Price$64$74

VIP ticket benefits:

  • early access to the event at 11 a.m.
  • access to an exclusive area with a private cash bar
  • a complimentary "BBQ Brunch" prepared by Nick's BBQ including brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, pinto beans, tangy slaw, gouda mac, cornbread, sauce, pickles, pickled red onions, bread and rolls.

Award-winning pitmasters Bob Trudnak and Moe Cason are teaching classes as part of the Steel City Smokeout! Click here for more information.

About the Pitmasters

NICK BINCZAK

Lehigh Valley native Nick Binczak started smoking meats in 2019 after spending time working in the kitchen at Edge Restaurant in Bethlehem under Chef Tim Widrick. He created Nick's BBQ with his partner in life and in business, Hallie, in May of 2020. The business has grown with the acquisition of an event venue where they produce, plan, decorate, and cater events. Nick and Hallie have 2 beautiful daughters, Stella and Grace, and another baby girl on the way!

MOE CASON

Moe Cason is a Des Moines-based award-winning BBQ chef and TV personality who has garnered multiple Grand and Reserve Grand Championships while competing in 35 different states. He's been seen as a contestant, judge, and star on Destination America's Pitmasters and BBQ Pit Wars. Self-taught as a pitmaster, he uses skills and authentic ingredients passed down from his grandmother, Margaret Cason. He's a veteran of the US Navy who served on the USS Missouri.

BOB TRUDNAK

Bob Trudnak got his start in the outdoor cooking industry in 2002. He spent 20 plus years in the product design and manufacturing business while building his cooking career as a competition cook, judge and teacher. He has over 600 awards and has competed throughout the United States and Europe winning many state and national championships. He has taught thousands of students to perfect their craft in the backyard as well as on the competition circuit.

Bob has become a well-known BBQ personality and has an award-winning line of BBQ and pizza sauces and seasonings and is a certified Professional Pizzaiolo (North American Pizza and Culinary Academy).

ERNEST PILE

Ernest Pile has been a resident of the Lehigh Valley since 2001. Prior to this, he spent 21 years as a resident in Nashville, TN where he was employed in the pharmaceutical industry as a biomedical research scientist. It was there that he developed his taste for BBQ and southern cuisine. When he relocated back to the Northeast, he realized how much he missed the foods that had been a part of his daily diet. After watching episodes of the “BBQ Pitmasters” on TV, and seeing Master chefs demonstrate their skills in competition, he found an outlet in Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) where he could learn more about the sport of BBQ and participate as a judge in sampling their cuisine. Ernest has been an active member and certified KCBS judge since 2019. He is participating in this event as the KCBS BBQ Cook Team and Judge Coordinator.

Presented by
Jack Daniels
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Cigars International Discover Lehigh Valley Kansas City Barbeque Society MidAtlantic BBQ Association The Restaurant Store

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Venue Information
PNC Plaza
645 E. First Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300
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