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Smoke on the Beach (SBN)

May 19, 2023 May 20, 2023

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Smoke on the Beach is an annual BBQ competition sponsored by Myrtle Beach Shrine Club. This yearly event is sanctioned by Southern BBQ Network (SBN) and is held during the spring of each year. 

“We are excited to bring back Smoke on the Beach on Easter weekend,” said Rusty Watson, chairman of the event.

“The festival will have something for everyone – delicious barbecue and other food vendors, local brews, live music, and bounce houses for the kids. Not to mention, you will be having fun for a great cause.” 

For a Good Cause

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Myrtle Beach Shrine Club. The Myrtle Beach Shrine Club is under the jurisdiction of Omar Shriners who is a member of the South Atlantic Shrine Association (SASA).

Omar Shriners holding a check and trophy at Smoke on the Beach

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Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth with nearly 200 temples (chapters) in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world.

The fraternity is open to men of integrity from all walks of life.

Like always, the competition is held at the historic Myrtle Beach Pavilion Park. You will find it at 8th Avenue N. and Ocean Blvd. 

A Family-Friendly Event

Smoke on the Beach is a family-oriented event that takes place in the heart of Myrtle Beach, where parking is free and the Boardwalk is at your beck and call.  

People standing in front of inflatable jump castle as kids play inside at Smoke on the Beach.

In addition, families will find the sky wheel and other fun events for the kids just a few steps away. What’s not to love?

A BBQ Competition event with both food trucks and local craft vendors that support the Great Shriner’s Philanthropy.

The Competition at Smoke on the Beach

BBQ competitor preps ribs for turn in while his two teammates look on.

Join us as the smell of BBQ fills the air! Smoke on the Beach will comply with all COVID-19 regulations.     

Friday night we’ll be hosting the “Anything Butt” competition.

During this competition, the event cookers are free to make and enter into the contest anything but BBQ. Often they make chicken wings, but you never know what to expect. (Almost) Anything goes!

Samples from the Anything Butt competition will be available to the public for a minimal price.

The competition starts at 4 p.m. Competitors purchase all ingredients for the items prepared themselves.

Members of the public choose the winners. We’ll announce those winners during the awards ceremony on Saturday.

In addition, on Friday night, local craft vendors and food trucks will be on-site along with a live band. And yes, adult beverages will also be available.    

On Saturday at Smoke on the Beach, SBN will host the BBQ judging. Also, we’ll have BBQ sandwich sales to the public during and after the judging. 

Judging will begin promptly at 11 a.m. We’ll announce the winners from the Main Stage at approximately 1:30 p.m. The Myrtle Beach Jeep Club will also be showcasing several of their vehicles during the event.

In addition, you’ll be able to purchase adult and regular beverages onsite.

Pair of competitors at Smoke on the Beach cut ribs to turn in.

The event has a little bit of something for everyone! Come join us and have some sun, sand, fun, and BBQ!

Questions should be directed to [email protected] 

Chairman for Smoke on the Beach is:

Rusty Watson, P.O. Box 786, Myrtle Beach, SC  29578

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