Denver BBQ Festival

Denver BBQ Festival

The Denver BBQ Festival will bring together legendary pitmasters from Denver, Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis, and around the nation to serve award-winning BBQ.

June 17 - 19, 2022
Event Details

VIP Pit Pass

This year, the VIP Pit Pass is bigger, better and more BBQ-y than ever! VIP tickets will allow for 2.5hrs of all you can eat BBQ and private bathrooms. This all-inclusive experience gets you in the pits with the Legends, where you can watch them work their meaty magic while they feed you their world-famous Q. Additionally, you can enjoy complimentary cocktails crafted from recipes that the pitmasters themselves created, as well as beer and soft drinks.


Free Grounds Pass

Admission is free, but a grounds pass will be required to enter the event. Ages 12 and up are required to register for the free pass.

Reserve Grounds Pass

2022 Pitmaster List


  • Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse in St. Louis
  • Leslie Roark Scott of Ubons BBQ in Yazoo City, Miss.
  • Barrett Black of Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, Texas
  • John Matthews & Brian Scoggins of Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis
  • Jason Ganahl of GQue BBQ in Denver
  • Tim Scheer of Blues Hog Barbeque in Washington, Mo.
  • Keith & Jodi Segura of Woodhill Small Batch BBQ in Littleton, Colo.
  • Nick Woolfolk of Great Pig in the Sky in Senatobia, Miss. 
  • Todd Johns of Plowboys BBQ in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Matt Abdoo of Pig Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Phil "The Grill" Johnson of Trapp Haus in Phoenix
  • Jacob Viers of Seasoned Swine in Golden, Colo.


Friday, June 17 - Lot Opens at 4:30PM


Saturday, June 18 - Lot Opens at 10:30AM


Sunday, June 19 - Lot Opens at 9:30AM



Permitted/Prohibited Items

Empower Field at Mile High’s clear bag policy will not be in effect; however, bags will be screened upon entry. Refer to the Denver BBQ Festival's guidelines below for approved bag dimensions and permitted/prohibited items.

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Health & Safety

Empower Field at Mile High has implemented numerous health and safety enhancements to improve attendees safety at events. For more information on those enhancements click the link below.

Health & Safety Policies