Get ready for an extravaganza of Santa Maria barbecue this weekend as the Family Care Network hosts its second annual Wild West BBQ Bash at Preisker Park in Santa Maria this Saturday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m.  This event is just another reason why they call Santa Maria “California’s BBQ Capital.”

That said, Santa Maria Style Barbecue won’t be the only sizzling treats served up on Saturday. Teams of barbecue experts from across the Santa Maria Valley and California will compete in six categories: chicken, beef brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder, “People’s Choice,” and of course, Santa Maria Style tri-tip.

The event is a benefit for foster and high-needs children and families on the Central Coast. Admission is free, and barbecue sampling tickets can be purchased for $2 apiece. Click here for more information.

The family-friendly festivities will include live music, cultural displays and children’s games. So bring the kids…and your appetite!