SPONSORED: The third largest BBQ chain in the country, Sonny’s BBQ, held their belt-breaking Sonny’s BBQ Smokin’ Showdown at the Central Florida Zoo on January 14, and it was a massive success.

The event saw nearly 12,000 food-fanatics descend on Central Florida to share their love of all things BBQ. Sonny’s BBQ created the event as a way to share their 49-years of passion and expertise with the Florida BBQ community, in the hopes of putting Central Florida on the BBQ-foodie map.

Sonny’s invited the best pit-masters from across the United States to share their BBQ magic with the crowds in the invitation-only barbecue competition where teams are judged on five different meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, brisket, and this year’s mystery meat – turkey. Cajun Blaze BBQ Team took away the Grand Championship title and $20,000 of the $68,000 total prize pool.

Beyond just the barbecue competition, the Smokin’ Showdown was a family-friendly all-day festival, filled with local vendors, activities and, of course, plenty of delicious barbecue. Sonny’s also hosted live music from top country artists, including Hayfire, Rockit Fly, Jill’s Cashbox, and Frankie Ballard.

Watch the video, filmed by Studio 17 TV, below.


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Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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