The Pitmaster & Pappy

An Exclusive Hangout Cook-Off Event

For the first time at the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off, there will be a one-of-a-kind culinary pairing experience hosted by 6x World BBQ Champion Pitmaster Chris Lilly and his good friend Chef Aarón Sánchez. Chef Lilly and his team are known for bringing home the gold from the world's most prestigious barbecue championships. Chef Sánchez is known for his modern spin on Latin favorites. Together, the two will create a world-class BBQ dinner menu paired with rare bourbons and wine, including the elusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, considered by many to be the best bourbon money can buy. This event will take place on Friday, November 1st at Picnic Beach from 6-8 PM.

Tickets are available for $200 and are extremely limited for this exclusive experience. Food and drink are included with your ticket.

AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PURCHASE ONLY. This is a separate ticketed event. Tickets do not include admission to Saturday’s Hangout Cook-Off (sold separately). Ages 21 and over event only.

Oysters are the highlight of this magnificent event, with more than 100,000 oysters prepared in the Raw, Cajun, and Rockefeller categories. In addition to featuring thousands of Alabama oysters, there will be oysters from all over the continent in the North American Raw Oyster Showcase. New for 2019, restaurants will feature a specialty dish to represent their culinary flair. These dishes will be available for all Hangout Cook-Off attendees!


Friday’s Kick-Off party is back and bigger than ever!

Sample some of the rarest spirits to reach the Gulf Coast. Bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle will be paired with high-end barbecue, prepared by some of the hottest pitmasters in the U.S. (Fox Bros BBQ, Jess Pryles, Pig Beach NYC Shane McBride, and Sam Jones BBQ). Rums like Matusalem will be paired with Carribean cuisine, and Mexican food will be paired with boutique tequilas including Avion 44. The craft beer village features All-American gourmet grilled food with the best burgers and hotdogs on the beach.

This year, we have added the Big Green Egg® tailgating experience, where “eggheads” and food lovers can sample culinary delicacies slow-cooked on these traditional kamado-style grills. Bring your appetites because this popular ceramic grill & charcoal smoker creates a unique taste that can’t be beat.


Live Music

Come dance, sing along, and hear the stories behind the music when the Jimmy Hall and the Muscle Shoals All-Stars come to Gulf Shores to celebrate 60 years of #1 hit records.

Caroline Jones, currently touring with Jimmy Buffet, will perform Saturday on the main stage. Her hit record “Gulf Coast Girl” written with Buffet, Kenny Chesney, and Mac McAnally went viral this summer with millions of views. Crawford & Power will kick off the party on Friday night followed by folk pop band Boy Named Banjo and others.


Food Stars’ Book Signings

Meet your favorite Celebrity Chefs at the Food Stars tent.


Cocktail Demos

Professional bottle spinners and award-winning mixologists will demonstrate the “bells and whistles” of cocktail making - fancy, traditional and everything in between!


Champagne Lounge

Sand in your toes, salty breeze on your cheeks and bubbly in your champagne glass.


Shucking Competition

If you blink you may miss this competition, featuring chefs, shuckers and amateurs. Judging takes longer than the shucking, which happens at lightning speed.


North American Raw Oyster Showcase

Stop by our exquisite raw bar and taste the best farmed oysters from across the continent with fresh varieties flown in the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Maritimes, British Columbia, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Think you’ve got skills to showcase your oyster recipes next to the pros? Then it’s time to put up or shuck up! For the first time ever, we are giving Gulf Coast foodies an opportunity to cook their favorite recipes for everyone to taste. Slots are limited, so register your team today and get ready to bring it. $1,000 and bragging rights will be awarded to the best team!