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Bear Mountain BBQ’s

Family Full of Flavor Contest

Win an all expenses paid family reunion

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We are on a hunt to find the tastiest recipe to serve at a family gathering!

How it Works

We're celebrating family, flavor, food and our new pellet collection —available exclusively at Walmart—with the Family Full of Flavor Contest. To enter, you need to share a recipe, but we're not just looking for any recipe. We want one steeped in family history! Share a recipe you love that has meaning to your family, perhaps one that’s been passed down for generations!

The contest kicks off on March 25. You must submit your recipe(s) by midnight EST on April 19. You are allowed one recipe per category. Categories include appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts.

Three finalists will be announced on April 22, and everyone can vote on their favorite of the three. The winner will be announced on May 1 and will win an all-expense paid family reunion outfitted by Walmart and Bear Mountain BBQ (a $5,000 gift card to Walmart).

Our Judges

This contest will be hosted by Merry Graham, an award-winning celebrity home chef and grandmother, and Jennifer Plemmons, a southern influencer and grilling mom who still lives on her family’s land in Georgia.

Merry, Jennifer and the Bear Mountain team will review all of the recipes and select three finalists. Voting will then open so everyone can select their favorite recipe.

Throughout the contest, Merry and Jennifer will be sharing their own flavorful stories and favorite recipes they make for their family gatherings.

Then, peek inside the kitchens of the judges when Merry and Jennifer cook and judge the three finalists’ recipes on social media.

What You Need To Know

01

The recipe does NOT need to be made for the pellet grill. However, it does need to be cooked, grilled or baked in some way.

02

Give us as much detail as possible about your recipe.

03

You must be 18 years or older and live in the continental U.S. to enter.

Contest Period

Contest starts on March 25

Recipe submissions must be in by midnight EST on April 19

Three finalists announced on April 22

Second round of contest starts on April 22

Vote on the three finalists from April 22 to midnight EST on April 30

Winner and runner ups announced on May 1

How to enter?

01

Go to BearMountainBBQ.com, click on the contest link and then click on the “enter here” button. This will bring you to the submission page.

02

Give us as much detail as possible about your recipe. If you have an image of the dish, we'd love to see it, but it's not required.

Dishes will be scored equally on:

Taste (33%)

The key to every good recipe is the taste. Is the dish flavorful? Balanced? Will everyone in the family like it? Would you want to make this recipe again because it just tastes that good?

Ease to prepare (33%)

Family time can get busy, so recipes shouldn’t get too complex. Are the ingredients in your dish easy to find at the grocery store? Is it easy to make?

Serve and eat at a family reunion (33%)

Is it easy to increase the size of this dish for bigger groups? Does the recipe have an interesting story? Does it have a history? Will it inspire others to make again?

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Each submitted recipe must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity.  All entries become the physical property of the sponsor (Bear Mountain BBQ)  and will not be returned. By submitting a recipe for this Contest, you grant Sponsor, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and licensees unrestricted use of the submitted entry, which includes the right to publish your recipe and any other information provided worldwide without time limitation, and the right to include your name and hometown (e.g., city and state) in connection therewith. Sponsor reserves the right to edit, modify, translate, reproduce and distribute the submitted material and in any manner as it deems appropriate. Sponsor tests selected recipes and reserves the right to alter them as it deems appropriate. Sponsor may contact you via phone or email regarding your submission. If you’re having any problems with the submission form, please email onlinestore@bearmountainbbq.com or call 800-421-8960 (Hours: 8AM-5PM M-F EST).

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contest rules

General Reunion Contest Rules

We are on a hunt to find the tastiest recipe to serve at a family gathering! And we don’t want just any recipe. We want one steeped in family history! Submit a recipe you love that has meaning to your family, perhaps one that’s been passed down for generations! The recipe does NOT need to be made for the pellet grill. However, it does need to be cooked, grilled, or baked in some way. The winner with the best recipe will be gifted an all-expense paid family reunion outfitted by Walmart and Bear Mountain BBQ (a $5,000 gift card to Walmart)!

Contest Period
  • Contest starts on March 25
  • Recipe submissions must be in by midnight EST on April 19
  • Three finalists announced on April 22
  • Second round of contest starts on April 22
  • People can vote on the three finalists from April 22 to Midnight EST on April 30
  • Winner and runner ups announced on May 1
Who Can Enter?
  • You must live in the continental U.S.
  • You must live in the continental U.S.
How to Enter?
  • Go to BearMountainBBQ.com, click on the contest link and then click on the “enter here” button. This will bring you to the submission page.
  • You are allowed one recipe entry per category. Categories include appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts. Make us drool!
Required Information to Enter the Contest
  • Name
  • Contact info
  • Social media handle (if applicable)
  • Recipe
  1. Description or inspiration for recipe (150 words or less) Description of where the recipe comes from (150 words or less)
  2. Description of where the recipe comes from (150 words or less)
  3. Recipe title
  4. Prep Time
  5. Cook time
  6. How many the recipe serves
  7. Ingredients
  • Even if you do not use a grill, or pellets, in your recipe, you will choose which pellets would make your dish even tastier. (You will choose between the five new blends— Chef’s Choice, Butcher’s Blend, Chophouse, Smoky Apple Whiskey and Maple Bourbon Pecan – available exclusively at Walmart).

The Judges
  • Merry Graham: an award-winning celebrity home chef and grandmother
  • Jennifer Plemmons: a southern influencer and grilling mom
  • The Bear Mountain BBQ team: A group of flavor obsessed grillers who are always hungry for a new recipe!
  • Each judge will review all of the entries and help select three finalists. Those finalists will be announced on April 22 via the Bear Mountain BBQ website and on social media platforms. If you are a finalist, we will ask you to share a family photo with us, which we will include online.
  • Dishes will be scored equally on:
  1. Appearance (25%): How does this dish present on a platter or a baking dish? Does it look appetizing? Is it drool worthy before you taste or smell it?
  2. Taste (25%): Key to every good recipe is the taste. Is the dish flavorful? Balanced? Will everyone in the family like it? Would you want to make this recipe again because it just tastes that good? 
  3. Ease to prepare (25%): Family time can get busy, so recipes shouldn’t get too complex. Are the ingredients in your dish easy to find at the grocery store? Is it easy to make? 
  4. Serve and eat at a family reunion (25%): Is it easy to increase the size of this dish for bigger groups? Does the recipe have an interesting story? Does it have a history? Will it inspire others to make again?
Voting for the Winner 
  • From April 22-30, you can go online to BearMountainBBQ.com, check out the three recipes, and vote on your favorite. 
  • If you vote for your favorite recipe and sign up for our Bear Mountain newsletter, you will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes from Bear Mountain pellets and swag to Walmart gift cards.
  • You are allowed to vote once per day. Each vote gets you an entry into the raffle. 
  • Peek inside the kitchens of the judges when Merry and Jennifer cook and judge the three finalists’ recipes on social media. Follow along @BearMountainBBQ to see what sets a winning dish apart.
  • On May 1, we will announce the winner and the runner ups. 
  • The winning entry will be gifted an all-expense paid family reunion outfitted by Walmart and Bear Mountain BBQ (a $5,000 gift card to Walmart)! The other two finalists will win a year's supply of pellets and their recipes will be featured in a newsletter, in social posts and on BearMountainBBQ.com.