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Pork & Brew



JULY 2-4, 2016

The 13th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 2nd – 4th. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will be returning to the event, showcasing a petting zoo and pig races throughout the weekend.

The 13th Annual Pork & Brew, hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, will feature an indoor/outdoor format, ensuring the 20,000 expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This is quite possibly the best way to spend your 4th of July weekend this summer in New Mexico. Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts, burn off some calories by dancing to live music and even take the kids for a face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests twice daily.

General Admission: $6, 65+ $4; Kids 4-12 $4; Kids 3 & Under; Free
Times: Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3 - 11am - 8pm and Monday, July 4, 11am - 5pm

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Santa Ana Star Center - Map & Directions


Indoor PandB


More Event Info
The Pork & Brew is hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a fully sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society event.  With close to 20,000 in attendance each year, Pork & Brew has become one of the largest events in New Mexico. The Grand Champion will qualify to participate at The American Royal in Kansas City, MO, The Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN and the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Fl.     

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BBQ Bucks
What are BBQ Bucks?  BBQ Bucks are the official currency of Pork & Brew.  BBQ Bucks must be purchased day of the event at the admission gates or main box offices windows.  You may purchase in any amount starting at $1.  Food samples start at just $1 and complete meals typically cost $8 - $10.  

Official Host Hotel
Comfort Inn 
Call (505) 892-5998 to book!  
You must mention Pork & Brew to receive the discounted rate.

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Participants and Vendors

Go to for participation details.

View 2015 competition results here!

No pets allowed, service animals only. 
Alcoholic beverages purchased inside must be consumed inside. (NM State Liquor License Law) 
Alcoholic beverages purchased outside must be consumed outside. (NM State Liquor License Law)

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