The OC BBQ Bonanza Review - The Best Ribs In Town

The OC BBQ Bonanza is Finger licking good!


This years OC BBQ BONANZA in FOUNTAIN VALLEY is a fantastic and fun destination for the whole family.  Event organizers label it as “The West’s Best BBQ All-in-One Outdoor Family Festival.” The festival will be held from August 18th to August 21st 2011 at the Fountain Valley Sports Park from Thursday thru Sunday.

With an expected crowd of up to 15,000 people, ready to eat ribs, chicken, pork and beef along with some amazing side dishes.  The event organizers better be ready for the hungry masses. 

Hungry Families

This year one of the main sponsors of the event is Sierra Mist, a very refreshing lemon-lime soda.

Sierra Mist Sponsor

Some of the worlds best barbecue cooking teams will vie for the title of “Best in Orange County” in three different categories: sauce, ribs, and a people’s choice award will be given.  The award will be given out on Sunday with the judging on Saturday. 

For the kids there is a a fun zone area with bounce houses and blow up slides. Merchants are selling their wares and you can even play miniature golf at the Sierra Mist booth.  Fun times!!!

Family Fun

During the four-day competition, ticket holders will cast their vote for the best team.  There will be a first, second, and third place winner for each of the rib and sauce categories selected by a panel of judges.

There will be six teams competing for those coveted trophies.  The teams are:

Aussom Aussie, winner of more than 200 awards in the U.S. and Canada.

Porky-N-Beans, winner of numerous rib cook-off titles, including Best Ribs in America.

Howlin' Coyote Southwest BBQ, specializing in St. Louis-style pork spare ribs.

Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Co., winner of more than 150 regional, national and international titles.

Johnson's Bar-B-Que, winner of more than 150 awards.

KC BBQ Team, featuring its acclaimed KC-style ribs and special barbecue sauce.

You can Purchase a VIP Ticket for only $100 or 
$900 for a 10-person table ($90 each) 
and get FREE Admission, VIP designated seating at a table, service and dining to include ALL YOU CAN EAT Ribs from our National Award Winning Rib Cookers, salad, sides, desserts and ALL YOU CAN DRINK
(beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages).

VIP Rib Village

If you are all about the food and music then you will want to stay and listen to some of the musical groups, like Bennie and the Swamp Gators, Texas House Party, Marcel Garcia and the Vaquetones and Grand Junction.  There is a dance floor and even lessons for those that want to learn some new dance steps, and for those that don’t, you can just sit, relax, and listen to the rip roaring sounds of the evening.

General admission is $5, and menu items are priced from $2 to $25. Tickets are available on line at or you can purchase tickets at the box office on site.  All United States active military personnel (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) receive FREE General Admission* to the Orange County BBQ Bonanza! You must show an active military id for the free entry.

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