BBQ Connection LLC

Championship BBQ Catering at it's BEST!

Charlottesville, VA.

Only ChampionshipBBQ Catering Company!!!!!!
We are a Championship BBQ Catering Company (period!). BBQ Connection LLC  the BestChampionship onsite BBQ Catering Company in the area. Our Pit Master has spent the last 10 Ten years competing for throughout the country and perfecting his art.  The Pigs on the Run BBQCompetition team have won over a 100 top ten trophies in the country and recently finished in the Top 50 in the country in BBQ! We live and breathe BBQ!

Our pit masters do not just cook the area's best BBQ; they create a BBQ experience! From the smells in the air to the many trophies won.  The BBQ ConnectionCatering Company brings more to the table than just great food.  We cook fresh on site Traditional Barbecue, not that "stuff" that has been reheated or prepared off site days before your event.

Over 100 years of traditional artisan outdoor cooking, passed down from generation to generation in the backwoods of Va.

We also cater in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro VA. and all over the country! A travel fee will be assessed outside Charlottesville area.

 A proven winner: 4 x Grand Championships, 5 x state championships, Invited to the American Royal and the Jack Daniels twice. Over 100 top ten awards

We'll respond with a free, no-obligation job estimate and ideas that come from years (and thousands of miles) of experience!
 If you desire a truly memorable meal to which nothing else will compare, please give   Teresa call at 434 842 2000.

Charlotteville's BEST Championship BBQ!


Why Choose the BBQ Connection LLCChampionship Catering Company ?

We are BBQ Pit Masters! Please view Discovery Channel's new hit show BBQ Pit Masters to get a greater understanding of our passion and what we do at BBQ competitions.


The Oldest continuous BBQ Competition team in Virginia !

Over 100 Top ten trophies in competition BBQ !

Certified BBQ Judge

Nationally and locally published BBQ author

KCBS Contest Organizer

Championship BBQ Pit Master!

Four time VA State Championships

Featured on Good Morning Charlottesville for 7 years!

Top 50 in the USA at the Sam's Club National BBQ Championship 2011

Catering for over 30 years!

One of the Top BBQ Caterers in Charlottesville area

West VA State Champions, New Jersey State Champions, Best BBQ Sauce in NC x2

Purist and Traditionalist!!!!

Don"t take our word for it !

Customer Testimonials


Over a year after our wedding, people still rave about the food. We've been to many events catered in Charlottesville by more expensive vendors, and nothing compares to what Teresa and John provided for us. They can go as fancy as you want, but their perfectly cooked basics (ribs, chicken, and asparagus especially!) blew us away. They were wonderfully accommodating for our vegetarian guests as well. Their catering staff was professional, courteous, and left our venue spotless (and our venue coordinator very happy). The personal touches and the face-to-face interactions in particular really drove home the difference between a one-time catering company and a company that cares about you and about their offerings.



Jon and Teresa at The BBQ Connection are such kind people... not to mention, they make amazing BBQ! From our first meeting, they were extremely helpful in envisioning my reception meal and thinking through details with me. Since I was trying to cut costs in order to have a larger guest list, they made suggestions for ways to save money and were extremely flexible in working with me to find other vendors or ways to get my linens, tableware, and other rentals. Guests at our wedding were raving about the BBQ afterwards - everyone left very full and happy, and there was plenty of food left over for friends and family. This is a family business and I felt like they treated me like family, so it was wonderful to have them as part of my wedding day.



John and Theresa of BBQ Connection provide absolutely top drawer wedding catering. The food, the service, all the extra details that made it special were completely wonderful. They are professional and so easy to work with, before, during, and after. Their food is not only supremely delicious but beautiful as well as beautifully served. We are so lucky they could do our wedding. We would have them over and over again. Best barbecue anywhere, hands down!

Bonnie and John

Great BBQ chicken!
— P!nk. A National recording artist ( AKA Alecia Beth More )
The BBQ Man ( John Atkins) is a regular staple on GMA.
— Wcav Channel 19 Good Morning Charlottesville's Bo Sykes
Awesome BBQ John !
— Henry Hager and Jenna Bush Hager 2008 Pig pickin for Darden Graduate School of Business students.
I had some of your BBQ at the recent wine festival at the Viette’s farm (Day Lilly 2008) and have told all of my friends and family that it was the best I have ever had. Will you be near Smithfield VA anytime soon? When and where is your next event.
— Thanks Wendell
Your company is fantastic! MY sister and I truly enjoyed your BBQ - it was the best I have had & it just melted in our mouths!!! We just ate it at the Daylily Wine Festival in VA.??Had a great time celebrating my sisters 50th there! from, Balto., MD? John.....the party was a huge success, and everyone thought the food was awesome!
— B
John, You are outstanding. I have thrown many a party, and had many a good caterer, but never have I worked with someone so easy to work with who produces the rave compliments that you did. I will gladly hire you to do a party any time the need arises. But before you ascend to cult like status, I just want everyone to know that I knew you “when”. Absolutely phenomenal pork, turkey, everything…I am proud to know that our party was the first to eat all your buns… I never even got a brownie, but I understand that while not smoked like the rest of our dinner, they were the best brownies ever. Thank you for everything. If you even need testimonials for press releases etc… know that I will give you the best of reviews and make sure that every reader knows that I grew up on the best that Wilson, NC has to offer.
— Keith Davis of Party Parade
Don’t miss the superman of barbecue, John Atkins of The Barbecue Connection, on Saturday at 11 a.m., when he gives pointers on creating the perfect barbecue right in your own back yard. Quote taken from a Staunton News leader for a lecture at the Day Lilly Festival 2007 by Theresa Curry TNV Correspondent. Wednesday, July 18, 2007
— Theresa Curry TNV Correspondent
John Atkins is the chief and chef of the Barbecue Connection. I have worked with him in the capacity of the University of Virginia Medical Center where he has been a very reliable and helpful operating room technician. It was an easy decision to have John cater several functions for the Orthopedic Department including an annual picnic and several journal clubs. The service that John provides as a caterer and as a chef is outstanding. His cooking and prep team have won national awards and he is now an instructor for barbecue style cooking. He, his wife Theresa, and those that work with him are all quality individuals who produce a good product and deliver in a timely fashion at a reasonable cost. ??In summary, I highly recommend John Atkins and his catering for most any type of function.
— Shepard R. Hurwitz, M.D. SRH/dbh
Jen and Jim’s Wedding
Prince Michel Vineyard, Leon, VA | May, 2009 | Caterers

”People RAVED about a wedding without the traditional bland meat and rubber chicken. They were great, worked so hard and the food was delicious!
— Jen and Jim
“We wanted something different and it was a huge hit! THEY ARE NOT A CATERER - they are championship bar-b-quers! Anyone can do dry beef and rubbery chicken, but slow roasted bar-b-que? The BEST wedding food anyone had ever had. John and team worked their tails off making sure everything went off without a hitch! Professional and hard working, hands down the best food we ever had at a wedding. Huge raves for the salmon app and the beef brisket.”
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Hope to see you at this years “Green and Gold” party.......I will push for more shrimp on the barbie!!! Thanks for a job well done!
Teresa and John are amazing — I can assure you that their food is beyond amazing but more importantly, they have more heart and care more about their customers being happy than I have ever encountered. Their staff (which is also a good indicator of how well John and Teresa others) is what you would expect from a top catering company — But the big difference is the fact that BBQ connection prepares food that is way better than any catering company could ever produce!

My husband Ryan is from Texas (as he would say “home of real BBQ”) and he was sold immediately after our tasting (and we did tastings at 5 places!) - My parents were also involved since we live in NYC and John and Teresa personally invited them to a tasting and class.

Our expectations for quality and service are very high (especially since we moved to NYC) so rest assured ..I would not offer to be a referral unless I felt this way about John & Teresa & BBQ connection.

And if you want to make your guests happy - BBQ connection will please them beyond a doubt! Our friends are still talking about our wedding and how amazing the food was — it is of course no surprise to us!
— Jen Votaw
member since 2005

member since 2005