Attractions | Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle


Taste of Giant® Sampling Pavilion

Saturday & Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm
Don’t miss out on the Taste of Giant® Sampling Pavilion during your visit. Experience a full line of BBQ Season products and food provided by Giant Food. Free food while supplies last.

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Giant® Fresh Ideas Stage
Celebrity Chefs, Cooking Demonstrations, and Talent Shows

Saturday & Sunday 
Stop by our Giant® Fresh Ideas Stage located in the Giant® Sampling Pavilion for demonstrations and ideas on countless savory and healthy recipes.


Giant® Health & Wellness Tent

Saturday & Sunday
Don’t miss out on our exciting health and wellness presentations during this year’s event.

Giant® Chill Zone

Explore the Giant® Chill Zone featuring Giant® ChillZone cooling stations, free candy, beverage and ice cream samples while supplies last. Enjoy games and live sports action from the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor, Wizards, Redskins, and the Baltimore Brigade.

Giant® digital zone

Stop by and learn more about the digital innovations that Giant has to offer. Capture a memory at our photo booth, recharge your digital devices at our charging stations, or kick back and relax at our lounge area.

Giant’s® Corks to Caps Wine and Microbrew Tasting Tent

Saturday & Sunday
Quench your thirst and tickle your palate as you sample our featured wines and microbrews.

Budweiser Beverage Garden

Join us in the Budweiser Beverage Garden for a cold and refreshing libation.

This Year’s Celebrity Chefs

Myron Mixon

Known as “The winningest man in BBQ” Myron has won more than 180 BBQ grand championships and 1,700 BBQ trophies. Myron is best known as a BBQ Judge on the reality TV show “BBQ Pitmasters” on Destination America.  He is also author of several BBQ Cookbooks and creator of Myron Mixon Smokers.

Tuffy Stone

The Cool Smoke story began with Tuffy Stone in 1987. Tuffy began his cooking career as an apprentice with acclaimed French Chef Alain Vincey at La Maisonette Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. During the four years in Chef Vincey’s kitchen, Tuffy’s passion to learn and strong work ethic led him to be promoted to Sous Chef and Partner. After leaving to find new challenges, he spent the subsequent years honing his skills at some of the finest restaurants in Virginia and Florida.

In November of 1993, Tuffy and his wife Leslie opened A Sharper Palate Catering Company, which quickly became a premier caterer in Richmond, a caterer of choice for Richmond’s elite, including the Governor of Virginia. A Sharper Palate was voted the Best Catering Company by Richmond Magazine year after year.

In 2004, having loved and grown up around great barbecue, and, as a caterer, knowing its ability to satisfy large crowds, Tuffy began researching slow cooking methods involving a wood burning fire. The result, in Tuffy’s mind, was better tasting barbecue, so with the help of employees, friends and family, the Cool Smoke Team was born.

Special Attractions


Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous will host a qualifier event for its annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at this year’s Giant National Capital BARBECUE BATTLE®. The top male and female finishers will be eligible to compete in the event on July 4th.

Planter’s Mr. Peanut and the NUTmobile

The NUTmobile has hit the road for a year long adventure and will be making a special stop at this year’s BBQ Battle. So grab the kids, hop in the minivan and come on by to see Mr. Peanut and the NUTmobile. It’s not like we drove a giant peanut car 3,600 miles to see you guys or anything.

NBC Sports Washington 

Stop by the NBC Sports Washington booth and spin the #AuthenticFan wheel for your chance to receive some NBC Sports Washington gear!

The Oscar Mayer WienerMobile

We’re making big changes to our hot dogs. We removed the added nitrates and nitrites*, said goodbye to by-products, and got rid of all the artificial preservatives in our meat. So we’re spreading the news. Our Hotdoggers have set out on a mission across the country in the WienerMobile. And they’re taking the new ‘dogs with them. Stop by and visit us during this year’s exciting event.

Xfinity Booth

Stop by the Xfinity booth and experience the latest in high-speed internet and entertainment technology

Monument Sports Banner 2022

Monumental Sports

Join us at the Battle for a number of family fun exhibits and visitors from the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor, Wizards, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Brigade.

Live Entertainment, Music, Demonstrations, and Summer Flavors

Stop by and experience the sights, sounds, and smells from this year’s exciting line-up at the Pepsi Lays Sound Stage, Famous Daves Music Stage, and Monster 90\'s Block Party—coupled with the demos/celebrity chef appearances at the Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy Demonstration Stage. Don’t forget to stop by the Taste of Giant® Sampling Pavilion for your free samples and a taste summer.