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Sonny’s BBQ to Host The 2nd Annual Smokin' Showdown

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
3755 US 17-92, Sanford, FL

Sonny’s, the third largest BBQ chain in the country is back with its highly anticipated Smokin’ Showdown Invitational BBQ competition and festival. 

The event seeks to invite visitors from across the country for a full day of BBQ amongst the nation’s top Pitmasters. On January 14, Sonny’s BBQ is hosting its second annual Smokin’ Showdown Invitational at the Central Florida Zoo. 

The Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown BBQ competition and festival is designed to make Florida a BBQ destination by bringing BBQ enthusiasts from across the country to Central Florida for a full day of live music, family fun and delicious BBQ. 

While attendees watch more than 50 professional BBQ competition teams and taste their award winning recipes, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown attendees may also participate in rib and donut eating contests and enjoy live music. The invitation-only competition brings together the nation’s top Pitmasters in one arena for an epic BBQ battle.


Teams are judged on five different meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and a mystery meat, which will be announced at the event. The grand champion team will receive $20,000. 

The total prize pool totals $68,000. “The Smokin’ Showdown celebrates what we’re all about; good BBQ and great company,” said Montana Coleman, Co-Organizer of Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. “We look forward to seeing these talented Pitmasters showcase their skills in our home state of Florida.” Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown will host local vendors, family fun activities and musical performances by top country artists, including Hayfire, Rockit Fly and Jill’s Cashbox.

The headliner will be Frankie Ballard. The event is $5, kids 10 and under are free. For more information about Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown, please visit For more information about Sonny’s BBQ, visit

The first of its kind in the area, Sonny’s BBQ created the Smokin’ Showdown to share its passion and expertise with the BBQ community, as well as provide a platform for Pitmasters to showcase their talents alongside some of the best in the business. Last year, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown had about 10,000 attendees and close to 50 competing teams.
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