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NBBQA Conference San Antonio Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2024!

NBBQA Conference San Antonio Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2024!

"BBQ's Best: NBBQA Conference. Connect, savor, ignite passion. Unmissable e

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 4:00 PM (EST) to Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 3:00 PM (EST)

* Registration open until 1/17/24 at 12:00 AM (EST)

Event Details

Wednesday's NBBQA Restaurant Tour (Single Ticket): Bus departure from the designated host hotel.

Kickoff Reception/Culinary Confrontation

Get ready to savor the sizzling world of BBQ at its finest! The highly anticipated NBBQA Annual Conference is back, bringing together industry experts and enthusiasts for an unparalleled gathering. Ignite your passion for barbecue as you network, discover, and immerse yourself in a mouthwatering realm of flavors and innovation. Whether you're a seasoned product owner, a master of restaurant cuisine, or a media maven captivated by the grill, this event has something extraordinary in store for you. Join us at the renowned Pedrotti's Ranch in San Antonio, TX, and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Business of BBQ. Don't miss out on the boundless opportunities to connect, learn, and grow at this sizzling affair!

Detailed Agenda Coming Soon!

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

This day will offer the NBBQA Restaurant Tour, departing right from our host hotel. Following that, join us for the Welcome Reception and the thrilling Fire Fight Competition.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

The day's schedule encompasses a variety of engaging events. It kicks off with a warm welcome and an enlightening keynote address. Following that, attendees can participate in informative classes. A delicious lunch will be provided to recharge everyone for more classes later. As the afternoon progresses, a lively happy hour will foster networking and relaxation. The pinnacle of the day will be the esteemed Awards of Excellence Ceremony, a moment to honor outstanding achievements. The day will conclude with a satisfying dinner, wrapping up a day filled with learning and celebration.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Embark on a day of enriching experiences as you immerse yourself in various classes designed to expand your knowledge. Indulge in the Meet the Masters Luncheon, where you'll have the chance to connect with experts in the field. The learning continues with more classes to fuel your curiosity. As the day transforms into evening, savor the Night of Fire Dinner, a gastronomic delight. Engage with fellow enthusiasts at the Steak Cookoff Association Cooks' Meeting, sharing insights and camaraderie. Culminating the day is the thrilling Rhinestone Cowboy Steak Showdown, featuring both steak and ancillary categories, where talents and flavors collide in friendly competition.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

NBBQA's Ignite Your Fire BBQ & Grilling Academy - Open to the Public!

Full Conference Registration Open Until January 17, 2024!

Member Package - $689.00 - With this ticket, you'll gain admission to a wide array of engaging events. Your access spans from the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception, the inspiring Thursday Morning Keynote Address, and your choice of enlightening Educational Sessions. Enjoy a satisfying Lunch and be part of the Meet the Masters Open Session, a unique opportunity. Witness excellence at the Awards of Excellence Presentation, followed by a delightful Dinner. On Friday, your privileges encompass enlightening Educational Sessions, the enriching Meet the Masters Luncheon, and the flavorful Night of Fire Dinner. Additionally, active NBBQA members can avail themselves of the exclusive Saturday NBBQA Ignite Your Fire Academy BBQ & Grilling Academy, accessible by signing into your account to receive the special rate.

Non-Member Package - 875.00 - With this ticket, you'll enjoy full access to an array of captivating events. Starting with the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception, you'll continue with the inspiring Thursday Morning Keynote Address. Delve into your preferred Educational Sessions, refuel with a satisfying Lunch, and later partake in the prestigious Awards of Excellence Dinner and Presentation. As the week progresses, you'll retain entry to enlightening Educational Sessions on Friday, along with the indulgent Meet the Masters Luncheon and the flavorful Night of Fire Dinner. Additionally, the ticket grants you entry to the Saturday NBBQA Ignite Your Fire Academy BBQ & Grilling Academy.  

Vendor Package - 1150.00 - With this ticket, you'll be granted admission to a comprehensive lineup of engaging events. Your access begins with the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception and extends to the enlightening Thursday Morning Keynote Address. You can personalize your experience by selecting from various Educational Sessions and enjoy a hearty Lunch. Don't miss out on the grandeur of the Awards of Excellence Dinner and Presentation. As Friday unfolds, delve into more Educational Sessions, relish the Meet the Masters Luncheon, and savor the Night of Fire Dinner. Extend your experience to the Saturday NBBQA Ignite Your Fire Academy BBQ & Grilling Academy, an exclusive benefit for active NBBQA members. Moreover, this ticket offers you a 10x10 space, which you can choose to set up indoors or outdoors.

NBBQA Annual Restaurant Tour (Separate Ticket - TBD)
Marking the commencement of the 2024 NBBQA National Conference, this exclusive supplementary event offers an exciting start. Limited to the initial 100 registrations, the tour provides NBBQA conference participants with a firsthand opportunity to explore various BBQ establishments. Scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, the tour will include visits to distinct restaurants, with specific stops to be announced soon.

Rhinestone Cowboy Steak Cookoff:   The upcoming occasion will spotlight the finest BBQ and grilling maestros from around the globe, all vying for an opportunity to secure a $1000 prize and the coveted NBBQA Rhinestone Cowboy Hat. The event is scheduled to commence on Friday afternoon. The cookoff has a total payment of $2900 Total Payout = 1st $1000, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $300, 5th $200, 6th-10th $100.  We are also adding an ancillary and drink category this year's contest.  

What are the educational sessions for the 2024 Conference?

Meathead Goldwyn"Mastering Mouthwatering BBQ Photography: Unleash Your Inner Food Photographer"

Get ready for an exhilarating BBQ revelation! The legendary Meathead Goldwyn from Amazing Ribs is all set to take the stage at the annual National Barbecue & Grilling Conference! 

Hold onto your spatulas because this BBQ Hall of Famer is about to reveal the secret sauce to capturing MAGNIFICENT BBQ photos! With a Masters in Photography from the prestigious School of The Art Institute of Chicago, he's the maestro you need to transform your food photography game!

Don't miss this sizzling opportunity to learn from the best and elevate your food photography skills to a whole new level!

"Revolutionizing Your Kitchen:  Dive Into New Sous Vide Technology "

Jeff Shapiro, the Director of Culinary at BBQ Holdings, Inc. and the creative force behind Real Urban Barbecue, is a lifelong culinary explorer with an insatiable passion for exceptional food, particularly BBQ. Having traveled the nation to immerse himself in diverse BBQ traditions, he's garnered acclaim and trophies in the competitive BBQ arena as "Dr. Deckle & Mr. Hide." Today, Jeff shares his expertise in an exclusive class on Modern Day Kitchen Equipment, delving into the world of New Sous Vide Technology. Join this culinary maestro for a transformative experience, unlocking the secrets of cutting-edge kitchen tools.

"How to Master North Carolina Crispy Hog: Mat Griner's Exclusive Prep Class"

Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey, as we proudly announce Mat Griner, the renowned pitmaster and culinary virtuoso behind Southern Q BBQ & Catering. With a reputation that precedes him in the world of barbecue, Mat Griner is set to share his expertise and passion with eager attendees by teaching an exclusive class on the art of crafting North Carolina Crispy Hog. As a pitmaster extraordinaire, Griner's dedication to perfecting the smoky, succulent flavors of barbecue has earned him a well-deserved place at the forefront of the industry, making his class a must-attend event for anyone looking to elevate their BBQ game to new heights. Join us for an unforgettable experience as we delve into the secrets of North Carolina barbecue with the one and only Mat Griner.  And, yes, we will get to eat this delicacy on Saturday!

"Elevate Your Culinary Game with Wilson Industries Warmer Ovens: Embrace the Future of Kitchen Equipment!"

Jeff Shapiro, the culinary visionary at BBQ Holdings, Inc., and the driving force behind Real Urban Barbecue, is back to share his expertise in a second exciting class. With a lifelong dedication to exploring exceptional cuisine, especially the art of BBQ, Jeff's culinary journey has taken him across the nation. Known in the competitive BBQ world as "Dr. Deckle & Mr. Hide," he has earned accolades and trophies. In this exclusive class, Jeff delves into the fascinating realm of Modern Day Kitchen Equipment once again, this time focusing on the latest advancements in New Sous Vide Technology. Get ready for another inspiring culinary experience and elevate your cooking skills with this seasoned maestro.

"Fire Up Your BBQ Dreams: One-on-One Round Table Access with BBQ Masters!"

Picture this: A sizzling rendezvous with BBQ Masters that'll have your heart racing faster than a perfectly smoked brisket! At the National Barbecue & Grilling Association conference, we're serving up an exclusive experience, designed just like speed dating, where you get the chance to snag some intimate one-on-one time with the true legends of the barbecue and grilling world. These are the Masters who live, breathe, and dream BBQ and grilling every single day. Don't miss this mouthwatering opportunity!

Meet the Masters Luncheon

Get ready for an electrifying experience because this session is your golden ticket to unravel the captivating stories of the Texas Pitmasters who not only elevated the game but also catapulted Texas BBQ onto the world stage!

More Session Information Coming Soon!



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Hotel Registration

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5630 UTSA Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78249



We've successfully arranged a fixed room rate for the event dates spanning from Wednesday, January 31, 2024, to Saturday, February 3, 2024. The rate is $109 per night, along with an 18% tax (composed of 12% local tax and 6% state tax).

This room rate package encompasses several benefits:

  • Round-the-clock self-parking
  • Unrestricted in-room high-speed internet access
  • Access to high-speed internet in all public areas of the hotel

For members of NBBQA who make their reservations through the room block, a buffet-style breakfast will be provided.

You have the option to choose from King and Queen Rooms based on your preferences.

Moreover, to enhance your convenience during the conference, NBBQA will be operating shuttle bus services between Pedrotti's Ranch and our designated host hotel, the aloft Hotel. These shuttle services will run regularly throughout the conference duration, offering you an effortless transportation option whenever you wish to take a break and return to your room.


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