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Backyard Shanty for Charity the 2024 SnowShoe Classic

Chris Kimball | Published on 1/15/2024

Backyard Shanty for Charity the 2024 SnowShoe Classic

Veterans Association of Bristol County to Benefit from Unique Charity Competitive Barbecue Event

Fall River, MA - January 15, 2024

Prepare your taste buds and mark your calendars as Backyard Shanty, a dynamic collaboration between the barbecue aficionados of Matt’s Backyard BBQ and the seasoned professionals at Q Shanty BBQ, eagerly announces the much-anticipated 2024 SnowShoe Classic. This unique and charitable competitive barbecue event is scheduled to unfold its flavorful delights on March 30, 2024, at the Elks Lodge in the picturesque Fall River, MA. Not just a feast for the eyes and nose, this event is poised to make a meaningful impact by channeling its proceeds towards the noble cause of supporting the Veterans Association of Bristol County (VABC).

Teams, Kids and Judge's 2024 SnowShoe Classic

A Cause Embraced with Compassion, Integrity, Collaboration, and Innovation


The heart and soul of this event lie in its dedication to supporting veterans through the VABC. Regardless of gender, war experience, or duty position, VABC passionately endeavors to provide comprehensive support to those who have served our country. Rooted in principles of compassion, integrity, collaboration, and innovation, VABC seeks to extend a helping hand and create a robust support network for veterans and their families. It's not just a charity event; it's a community-driven effort to give back to those who have given so much.

Kids-Q Event: Nurturing Young Barbecue Talent

Adding a delightful and heartwarming touch to the festivities, the Kids-Q competition invites young barbecue enthusiasts aged 6 to 16 to showcase their skills. The Kids-Q category, featuring the beloved Grilled Cheese, offers a unique opportunity for the younger generation to step into the limelight and compete like seasoned professionals.

Categories, People's Choice, and Culinary Creativity

The 2024 SnowShoe Classic is not just about grilling; it's a culinary adventure with four categories for the Northeast Barbecue Society (NEBS) competition. Sausage Fatty, Anything Spam, Taco, and Anything Salmon take center stage, challenging participants to showcase their creativity and expertise. For those seeking an extra challenge, there's an optional People’s Choice category for Chicken Wings. It's a celebration of diverse flavors, culinary mastery, and the joy of barbecue.

Contest Timeline and the Art of Judging

The excitement kicks off at 5:00 am as cooking teams set up their stations, leading into a meticulous meat inspection. The Kids Q Judges Meeting, starting at 10:15 am, paves the way for turn-ins beginning at 10:55 am. The categories unfold throughout the day, building up to the highly anticipated awards ceremony around 3:30 - 4:00 pm. It's a day of precision, creativity, and the tantalizing aroma of barbecue wafting through the air.

Awards Galore and NEBS Team of the Year

Participants aren't just competing for the thrill; they have the chance to secure cash prizes and accolades for each category. The coveted titles of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion await the best of the best. Moreover, the event contributes to NEBS Team of the Year points, adding a layer of prestige for those eyeing broader recognition.

How to Get Involved

For those eager to be part of this culinary fiesta with a cause, inquiries can be directed to Rico Pasquale via email at or Matt Pereira at Detailed information, including the Cook’s Rules Packet, is available at

Don't let this opportunity slip away – savor the flavors, support a noble cause, and witness the remarkable skills of both seasoned and budding barbecue enthusiasts at the 2024 SnowShoe Classic. It's not just an event; it's a celebration of community, culinary passion, and the spirit of giving back.

2024 SnowShoe Classic & Kids-Q team registration