Ribs, Pigs and Watermelon - Pro BBQ Competition
Music Festival and Car Show to raise money for our homeless Veterans
August 5 - 7, 2016



Car Show

Kids Que

Vendor Info

Sponsor Info

Team Info







HUNTINGTON BEACH/MIDWAY CITY, Calif. (AUGUST XX, 2016)—American Family Housing (AFH)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness, received over $155,000 in sales and donations from its 5th annual Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons—Professional BBQ Competition, Music Festival and Car Show held August 5-7 at Huntington State Beach.  Attended by more than 5,000 people, Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons raised funds expressly for the construction of American Family Housing’s sustainable housing project, Potter’s Lane. This eco-friendly housing project will provide permanent housing for chronically homeless veterans utilizing innovative construction methods that include the upcycling of steel shipping containers to create 16 beautiful 480-square-foot living spaces. The project takes a new approach to homelessness by first providing veterans and low-income families with a stable home, and then offering support services to help them re-enter the workforce and better manage their future wellbeing.


“Our BBQ fundraising event was a rousing success, and we appreciate the efforts of all the professional barbecue teams, our amazing sponsors, our fabulous volunteers and the more than 5,000 attendees who participated in the event,” said Donna Gallup, American Family Housing president and CEO. “It was a fun weekend full of great food and music that brought awareness to the pressing need for innovative solutions to address Southern California’s very real problem with homelessness.”


Thirty-five professional BBQ teams participated in the barbecue competition by entering their best meals into four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. Places were awarded for each category, and the grand champion was Loot N’ Booty BBQ, a team from Scottsdale, Ariz. led by pit master, Sterling Smith. The reserve champion and third and fourth place finishers were as follows:


  • Lady of Q – Reserve Champion
  • Blaze’s BBQ – Third Place
  • Big Poppa Smokers – Fourth Place


The event also featured an all-day reggae music festival on Saturday featuring some of the most noted reggae bands in Southern California including Pato Banton and the Now Generation, Arise Roots, Ital Vibes, CAL1FA and Special Blend. Friday evening included music from country music bands, and on Sunday guests were treated to classic rock favorites and a vintage car show. Sponsors of the event included: Wells Fargo, Navco, Pacific Premier Bank, Rainbow Environmental Services, Republic Services, Hub International, U.S. Bank, Southwest Toyota Lift, G&M Oil Co., Janus Network, Buyers Access, HW Senior Living, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Don Wood Auctions and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.


American Family Housing would like to thanks all those who supported this great summer event!

Post-event press release on My Social Good News Blog (UVM: 8,317). http://mysocialgoodnews.com/american-family-housing-ribs-pigs-watermelons-event-raises-funds-support-homeless-veterans-families/.



Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons – 3-Day Pro BBQ Competition Music Festival and Car Show 

August 5 – 7, 2016, Huntington State Beach

Hours: Friday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday 10am – 10pm & Sunday 10am – 5pm.


Online purchasing options have ended, but tickets are still available at the gate.  We’ll see you at the beach!


KCBS Sanctioned Pro BBQ Competition-   Come sample amazing BBQ from some of the nation’s best Pro BBQ Teams!

Entertainment-   Rib Eating Contest, Watermelon Eating Contest, Fun Activities For Kids, Beer and Fair Foods, Live Entertainment


Friday: Blue Grass and Country BandsAFH-7855-Edit (1)

Saturday: Reggae Festival with Pato Banton & the Now Generation, Arise Roots, Ital Vibes, CAL1FA, Special Blend and 5 other bands

Sunday: Blues and Classic Rock bands and Classic Car Show


All Active Military Personnel and Armed Services Veterans will receive free admission to the event


Online purchasing options have ended, but tickets are still available at the gate.  We’ll see you at the beach!


Admission is good for the entire weekend!
All sales are final
Event parking not included
Note to Saturday Guests: Parking at the beach is limited on Saturdays. Please arrive early or consider alternatives to beach parking (like shuttles, Uber, public transportation, carpooling or off-site parking).


2016 Sponsors include:

2016 RPW Collage


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All Active Military Personnel and Armed Services Veterans will receive free admission to the event with the following proof:

Military ID or dog tags, VA Card or DD214 with matching driver’s license.


Friday, August 5th:  What goes better with BBQ, beer and fair food than Country Music?        

5:00pm Gates open for BBQ tasting, vendor village and kids activities

6:00pm-9:30pm Live Music (scroll down for band schedule and music videos

7:30pm Watermelon Eating Contest

10:00pm Event ends for the day 



Saturday, August 6th: Come and enjoy our first annual Reggae Festival with 9 very talented Reggae bands!

10:00am Gates open for BBQ tasting, vendor village and kids activities

10:00am-10:00pm People’s Choice BBQ Competition (public samples BBQ and votes for their favorite teams)

bungie bounce11:00am-10:00pm Reggae Festival (scroll down for band schedule and music videos)

1:00pm-4:00pm Watermelon Carving demonstrations Main tent

12:00-1:30pm BBQ teams turn their competition meats in for KCBS professional judging

2:00pm Kids Que (Youth BBQ Competition)

3:00pm-3:30pm Kid’s Que cooks turn in their competition meats for KCBS professional judging

5:00pm KCBS Pro BBQ Competition Award Ceremony

6:00pm Watermelon Eating Contest (open to public)

6:30pm Rib Eating Contest (open to public)

10:00pm Event ends for the day


Sunday, August 7th: Yesterday’s Rock and Vintage Cars combine for ‘Classic Sunday!’

10:00am Gates open for BBQ tasting, vendor village and kids activities

10:00am-1:00pm Classic Car viewing and voting by the public for their favorite vehicles

11:00am-5:00pm Classic Rock music (scroll down for band schedule and music videos)

12:30am Watermelon Eating Contest (open to public)

1:00pm-3:00pm Watermelon Carving demonstrations Main tent

2:00pm Car Show Award Ceremony

2:30pm Rib Eating Contest (open to public)

5:00pm Event ends for the day







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Music Schedule
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Friday – Country and Blue Grass

6:30pm-7:30pm                                Big Bad Rooster                              Music Video

8:00pm-9:30pm                                Pickleback Shine                            Music Video


Saturday – Reggae Festival  ‘Coming together to build homes for our homeless Veterans’

10:00am to 10:00pm                       DJ Carlos Culture

11:00am to 11:30am                       Eye in I                             Music Video

11:45am to 12:15pm                       To Be Determined

12:30pm to 1:00pm                       Roots of Mine                                   Music Video

1:15pm to 1:45pm                       OKT                                                       Music Video
2:00pm to 2:30pm                       Prime Livity                                                       Music Video

2:45pm to 3:15pm                       Mellow Grounds                                                       Music Video

3:30pm to 4:15pm                       Special Blend                                    Music Video
4:30pm to 5:30pm                       CAL1FA                                                Music Video

5:45PM to 6:45pm                       Ital Vibes                                            Music Video

7:00pm to 8:00pm                       Arise Roots                                        Music Video

8:30pm to 9:45pm                       Pato Banton and the Now Generation                                      Music Video

Rock band collage


Sunday – Yesterday’s Rock

10:30am to 12:00am                       The Main Thing                                      Music Video

1:00pm to 2:30pm                          Wumbloozo                                Music Video

3:00pm to 4:30pm                            Crimes of Passion             Music Video



Please join us for some Sunshine, BBQ, Beer, Live Music & Kids Activities

Car show flier5pm Friday, Aug 5th through 5pm Sunday, Aug 7th 2016

Huntington State Park at PCH and Beach Blvd.

While this is a 3 day event, the car show is only happening on Sunday from 8am to 5pm. Each classic car, its driver and one passenger will get into the event on Sunday for just $35. Additional guests pay $10 each for admission to the event. Even though the Car Show is limited to Sunday, your prepaid registration for the show entitles you to enter the Ribs, Pigs and Watermelon Event any time over the weekend. Trophies & gift cards will be awarded. Proceeds from paid admissions and concession sales will be used to construct ‘Potters Lane,’ a housing community for homeless veterans! Please spread the word that Veterans and Active Military enter the event for free!

Do you love music? Friday night is Country bands. Saturday’s is an all-day Reggae Festival and includes Reggae legendPato Banton and the Now Generation and the bands CAL1FA, Special Blend and others.

Sunday’s bands are Classic Rock.

To learn more about the Car Show event and to enter your vehicle click here, or contact Jason McGlasson at jmcglasson@afhusa.org with your questions.

Kid’s Que Competition




For more information and to register your young grill master for this competition click here.






LOCATION: The event will be held at Huntington State Beach at the corner of PCH and Beach in parking lot 9.

RPW-Logo-NoBeerEVENT SIZE: It is anticipated that this year’s event should double last year’s attendance. In addition to the BBQ competition, RPW will include a larger car show (up to 150 cars participating), new local bands (with larger followings), an all-day Reggae Festival on Saturday, more children’s activities and significantly expanded event marketing.

CHECK IN: Please make sure to check in with Steve Harding to give you your space number and location. You can check in as early as 11:00 A.M. on Friday.

SET-UP: Starts FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH at 11:00 A.M. It is highly recommended that you set up as early as possible because gates open to the public at 5:00 P.M. If you get there after the event begins you will NOT be allowed into your space. Vendor spaces will range in size from 10’x10’ to 30’x30’.

PARKING: One parking pass is included. You must enter at Beach Blvd with the pass. It is valid for all three days.

WRISTBANDS: Two age-21 & over event wristbands are included; this will allow you to easily enter and exit the event.

Friday: 5:00 P.M. to10:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Sunday: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


The closest hotel is the Hyatt Huntington Beach.

No block rooms have been reserved by the event.

Hyatt Huntington Beach: (714) 698-1234
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

your booth click here or contact Steve Harding
at sharding@afhusa.org for more information.

We’re looking for Sponsors.

We’re looking for Sponsors for Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons 5th Annual Pro BBQ Competition,

Reggae Festival and Car Show.
This year’s event is raising money For Homeless Veterans!

For more information please click here

2016 RPW Collage

Become a Sponsor

Team Info

Please join American Family Housing as we raise funds for the construction of Potter’s Lane. This project will provide housing and supportive services for homeless veterans.

A few changes to announce this year:

  • This year’s competition will be limited to just 35 teams.
  • The event will feature better local bands to bring in a bigger crowd to the event.

Friday, 5:00 to 10:00pm – Country bands
Saturday, 10:00am to 10:00pm – Reggae Festival featuring 7 of the best Reggae bands in So. Cal. (Pato Banton and the Now Generation, CAL1FA, Special Blend and others). The Reggae Festival alone is expected to double our attendance.
Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm – Classic Rock bands
Large Classic Car Show on Sunday.

  • As a tribute to the brave men and women protecting our nation we are offering free admission this year for active military personnel and veterans of the armed services.
  • Due to (an anticipated) significantly larger crowd for the weekend, RPW will be offering a discounted entry fee to vending BBQ teams and will encourage these vending teams to gear up for a much higher volume of sales. Vending fees will be increased to 70 cents per ticket and a second People’s Choice award will be given to the team that sells the most BBQ (tickets collected).
  • While the event (on Saturday) will remain open until 10:00pm this year, non-vending teams will be permitted to exit as early as 8:00pm with a deadline of 10:30pm.
  • To reduce the wait times for teams checking in on Friday, two entry gates will be used and teams will be given a scheduled check-in time prior to the event.

For more information or to register your team click here.

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To sign up as a judge click here

– Coming Soon –
Last year’s Competitors Photos from 2015 Results from 2015 Kid’s Que Registration


We’re looking for KCBS Judges for
Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons
5th Annual Pro BBQ Competition

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American Family Housing is looking for volunteers to help them with the monumental task of hosting their annual fundraiser ‘Ribs, Pigs and Watermelon Bar-B-Que Competition and Summer Festival.’ This huge event is held at the Huntington Beach State Park (PCH and Beach Blvd) and is attended by thousands of visitors over a three day period. It is a Kansas City BBQ Society Sanctioned event and 35 nationally ranked BBQ teams will be competing for a $10,000 prize. Competitors this year will include BBQers from the TLC reality TV show BBQ Pitmasters. This year’s event will also feature a 7 band Reggae Festival on Saturday, Country bands on Friday and a large Car Show and Classic Rock bands on Sunday.
Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the operation of this event. Come early or stay after your shift to join in the fun as our guest. Great BBQ, bands and ocean breezes always combine for a memorable day!
For more information on Volunteering at Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons or to sign-up online click here