American Royal BBQ & PigAPalooza 2017 Fundraiser

Presented by Sunbelt Rentals


PigAPalooza is a Party with a twist.

Operation BBQ Relief and some of the top whole hog pitmasters from across the United States and Canada will square off in a Whole Hog competition for the party to raise funds to support Disaster Relief during deployments.

The evening’s celebration includes:

  • Pitmaster Story Telling Session
  • Award-Winning Hog Tasting
  • Sponsored Raffles
  • DJ Music

Interested in volunteering at the event? Please email

Culinary event from our PigAPalooza Pitmaster

The American Royal 2017 World Series of Barbecue® – the world’s largest barbecue competition – will be held at the Kansas Speedway, August 31 – September 3. Each year the American Royal BBQ sets record attendance with over 600 teams and nearly 70,000 attendees.

PigAPalooza is more than a whole hog showcase – it’s a carnivorous culinary experience. Witness the judging of the whole hog contest while watchng delicious meat cook over an open fire. The feast includes beef ribs, brisket, suckling pigs, pork belly, skirt steak and more. In addition to this ‘foodie’ experience, entertainment includes music and emceed by Cookin Comedian, Vic Clevenger.

PigAPalooza Pitmasters and Vendors

Whole Hogs:

Our Award Winning Pitmasters will be cooking 5 whole hogs this year.

Sweet Swine O’Mine
Mark Lambert
Olive Branch, MS

Memphis Barbecue Co.
John Wheeler
Horn Lake, MS

Boars Night Out
Allen Smith and Eric Hodson
Olive Branch, MS

Kansas City, MO

Christina Fitzgerald and Mike Johnson
St. Louis, MO

Beef Specialties:

Once again we will have acclaimed Pitmasters that specialize in smoking brisket, beef ribs and more!

Bear’s BBQ
Jamies McDonald
Hartford, CT

Smoke On Wheels
Andy Groneman
Kansas City, KS


We will be adding chicken wings and fried chicken this year to the event. We will highlight Moore’s Marinade on the wings and have some out of this world fried chicken that will certainly please.

Master Chef Tony Seta

Moore’s Marinade Team
BBQ Competitors

Chef Biographies



Sweet Swine O' Mine

Winner of the inaugural Pigapalooza OBR cup!  Mark Lambert is the pitmaster for two time Memphis in May World Champion Team  “Sweet Swine O’ Mine”. Mark travels the world teaching BBQ classes in Europe, Australia, and Mexico.  He is…

Memphis Barbecue Co.

John David Wheeler, Head Cook for the Natural Born Grillers BBQ Team, has been one of the most award-winning BBQ cooks in the world.  Among his many accomplishments are twice winning the overall Cooking Team of the Year award, winning the World…

Boars Night Out

Boars Night Out started in early 2006 as a group of single guys that were all recently divorced. Throughout 2006 we were known as the team that liked to cook, and a team that could definitely throw a Championship Level Party! 2007-2009 were…


Born Jeffrey Alan Rumaner, but living under the internationally trademarked moniker "STRETCH", is an Artist, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, TV Personality & the visionary creator of Grinders Pizza. Grinders Restaurants, CrossroadsKC @ Grinders,…

Sugarfire Smoke House

Born and raised in St. Louis, Christina Fitzgerald discovered her passion for the culinary arts at an early age. As a young child, she preferred to watch Ina Garden and Paula Deen over Sunday morning cartoons. The only girl out of seven siblings,…

Aaron Mizrahi

Chef Aaron Mizrahi is an authority on live fire cooking as well as an authority on all meats. He is a Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef International Brand Ambassador, Corporate Executive Chef at Grupo Almos and Chef at Mizrahi Meat…

Bear's Smokehouse

Jamie was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri—”The BBQ capital of the world”— and spent his high school years working for one of the best BBQ restaurants in that city. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and was always on the…

Smoke on Wheels

Andy Groneman has been part of the BBQ world for 23 years. A second generation pitmaster, Andy started his BBQ journey learning the ropes of competition BBQ in the early 1990s. From there Smoke on Wheels was born, whose trek has taken him from…

Master Chef Tony Seta - Butterball

Master Chef Tony Seta, C.M.C. Tony Seta, one of only 70 Master Chefs in the U.S. Certified by the American Culinary Federation, is a culinary professional with more than 30 years of experience. He is well-known for developing memorable dishes…

Celebrity Chefs

Celebrity Chefs – Thursday, 8/31 from 2-5pm.

What is OBR and Pig-A-Palooza?