Special Events


Bacon Eating Contest


Bacon Eating Contest

3:00 PM : Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage

Bacon Eating Contest

Presented by Keg-a-Que with bacon provided by No Name butcher quality meats. Local celebrities face off in a bacon eating contest. Come cheer, howl, or oink on your favorite as they compete to become the Big Gig BBQ 2017 champ. This year's Winner was Andy Choi of WISN TV12. He gets bragging rights, a huge trophy, and a Keg-A-Que portable grill. Congrats Andy!

2017 Contestants: 

  • Justin Barney – 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
  • Andy Choi – WISN TV12 - 2017 Champ
  • Scott Dolphin – FM106.1
  • Eric Hucke – Harley-Davidson
  • Tyler Maas – Milwaukee Record
  • Molly Snyder – OnMilwaukee
  • Jonathan West – 94.5 KTI Country

Grilling demonstrations

1:15 - 5:45 PM : South Pavilion Stage

BBQ Tips & Tricks

Learn from BBQ experts during interactive presentations on the use of spices, BBQ vs. grilling techniques, BBQ grilling cook-offs, and more.


Big Gig Pig Award

6:30 PM : Winner Announced at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage

Big Gig Pig BBQ Award

New this year, guests can visit the various BBQ vendors and then choose their favorite cooker to win the Big Gig Pig Award. Ballots will be distributed upon entry and voting will close at 6:00 pm. Get your "I voted" sticker when you mark your favorite and return your ballot next to the Harley-Davidson display near the South Gate. 

The winning cooker will be awarded a custom Big Gig Pig trophy created by Milwaukee Blacksmith which they can proudly display. Congratulations to DOUBLE B’S BBQ AND BURGERS - 2017 BIG GIG PIG WINNER 


Milwaukee Blacksmiths family

Throughout the Day : Big Gig BBQ Grounds

Milwaukee Blacksmith

Milwaukee Blacksmith will be having fun with fire as they provide demonstrations showcasing their talent and craft.  Additionally, Milwaukee Blacksmith will be selling custom-made BBQ tools – the perfect memento to a Big Gig BBQ-filled day.


Inflatable Pig

All Day : Big Gig BBQ Grounds

Strike a Pose

Back for 2017, the 2nd Annual Big Gig BBQ is Sunday September 3, from noon – 7pm. FREE admission and FREE Parking. Don't forget to get a selfie with the big pig! Grab your friends and unleash your biggest smiles, flex your muscles, and remember not to be serious! Have fun and create memories at the Big Gig BBQ.