Barbecue dishes await at the fourth annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo on April 27, 2019, at Yellow Cab Tavern. CONTRIBUTED

Things are going to get messy at this year’s Dayton Barbecue Rodeo

While there’s no required attire, wearing white is not recommended at the fourth annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo.

Bibs are optional and wet napkins are highly recommended.

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More than a dozen food trucks will be serving smoking hot barbecue and competing for bragging rights at Yellow Cab on Saturday, April 27.


While supplies last, guests are welcome to eight pulled pork samples and a vote in the people’s choice contest.

The Barbecue Rodeo also includes an amateur competition where teams of aspiring entrepreneurs or backyard enthusiasts can have their barbecue evaluated by KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) standards. The winning team will receive a trophy and cash prize.

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This event is about so much more than BBQ, organizers said.

“Music has always been a big part of the Rodeo and this year we’re excited to welcome nationally touring act, The Ragbirds,” Jeff Stringer, Barbecue Rodeo organizer and owner of Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q said. “Three dollars gets you a day full of amazing music and a chance to taste some of the region’s best barbecue, hard to beat that! We really wanted there to be something for everyone. Barbecue is all about getting together with friends and enjoying a great day outside and that’s what we have planned for the 27th.”

More than a dozen food trucks will be serving up barbecue and battling for bragging rights at the fourth annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo at Yellow Cab Tavern. CONTRIBUTED

Food vendors include

• Charlie-Que BBQ

• Christian Bros Meat Company

• Bricky Barrels Smoked BBQ

• Here Little Piggy

• Smokinbeebeeq

• Mind your P's & Q's BBQ

• Smoking Barrels

• Southern Roots BBQ

• Creme de la Creme Cakery 

• Billie Gold Bubble Tea

• Blossom Donuts 

• Sauce vendors include MAD Sweet Heat, Grand-Dad’s Original and RiverBend Sauces.

The 2nd Annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo will be held April 8. SUBMITTED
Photo: Staff Writer


Local craft beer from Mother Stewart’s Brewery in Springfield will be available in addition to a full bar inside the Yellow Cab.


A live music lineup featuring three acts will be going all day long. 

• Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds — 1-2:15 p.m.

• Kyleen Downes Band — 2:30-4:05 p.m.

• The Ragbirds— 5-8 p.m.

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The Ragbirds will be the headline act for the fourth annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on April 27. CONTRIBUTED


WHAT: The Dayton Barbecue Rodeo 

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27

WHERE: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

COST: $3 admission at the door. Free for kids 12 and younger

INFO: Facebook