GAC Tour

The Great American Cookout

With stops throughout the country, the 2019 Great American Cookout will bring the art and taste of outdoor cooking to some of the biggest and best barbeque contests, festivals and retail locations throughout the nation. In its thirteenth year, the Great American Cookout will stop at 20 food festivals and select retail locations throughout the tour's eight months on the road. BBQ experts and GAC tour hosts, Mike and Christine Peters, will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees, so bring your napkins, this is one cookout you do not want to miss!

Enter our Official Summer Cookout Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $500 in BBQ supplies from our amazing sponsor brands. Were drawing and announcing winners every month from May through October. Simply answer a few survey questions and get entered today! See official rules and regulations.

2019 Schedule

Name of EventEvent DateCityState
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2019March 14 - 16DallasTX
Rockn RibsApril 26 - 27Springfield MO
Boss Hog State Championship Cook-OffMay 10 - 11WaynesboroGA
Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking ContestMay 15 - 18MemphisTN
Sun BBQFestJune 1 - 2UncasvilleCT
Taste of CharlotteJune 7 - 9CharlotteNC
Giant National Barbecue BattleJune 21 - 23WashingtonDC
SummerfestJune 30MilwaukeeWI
SummerfestJuly 2 - 7MilwaukeeWI
SC Festival of DiscoveryJuly 13GreenwoodSC
O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Summer NationalsJul 19 - 20St. PaulMN
EAA AirVentureJuly 22 - 28OshkoshWI
Birthplace of Route 66 FestivalAugust 9 - 10SpringfieldMO
Turf and Surf BBQ ChampionshipAugust 17 - 18Del MarCA
Best in the West Nugget Rib CookoffAugust 28 - September 2Sparks NV
40th Annual American Royal World Series of BarbecueSeptember 13 - 14Kansas CityKS
Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and BBQ ClassicSeptember 20 - 21SalisburyNC
Barbecue on the RiverSeptember 26 - 28PaducahKY
Guts Glory Ram BBQ ShowdownOctober 4 - 5LebanonMO
Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition & FestivalOctober 17 - 19LenoirNC
Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational BarbecueOctober 26LynchburgTN