BBQ Off the Bypass Takes a Time-Out

Angie Quaale thanks the community for 11 years of support

[Langley, BC] Angie Quaale, BBQ Off the Bypass competition producer, shares that she will not be producing the annual BBQ Off the Bypass in 2017.

After 11 successful years of gathering the community to taste and celebrate Low & Slow Southern Style BBQ, it is with mixed emotions that Quaale, owner of the Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store and cooking school in Langley, made the decision to take a break from the festival. 

Instead of producing BBQ Off the Bypass, Quaale will invest her energy and talents further into her store and its growing ready-to-eat and grab and go options, and she will continue the work she does to give back to the community. She will carry on her work in the Township of Langley and beyond, and continue to be a champion for eating local, supporting homegrown products.

Quaale is grateful to all of the competitors, sponsors, and the community for the amazing support, and looks forward to working with all of them in the future, in varying ways.


Started as a small parking lot pop-up event to draw attention to Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store, over the years the annual BBQ Off the Bypass has come to draw in thousands of people from not only Langley, but also Vancouver and the surrounding communities. 

Over the 11-year span of the competition, dozens of new pit masters, judges, and head judges have been trained, and thousands of fans emerged with a true appreciation for Low & Slow Southern Style BBQ. The competition also had a measurable impact on the community: BOTB has raised more than $75,000 for Fraser Valley charities.

The BBQ Off the Bypass was hosted and organized by the staff at Well Seasoned gourmet food store and cooking school in Langley. Owner Angie Quaale was introduced to competitive barbecuing in 2004 when she met BBQ evangelist and Canadian BBQ Champion Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk. Quaale figured the best way to join the quest for the ultimate BBQ was to host a competition. In 2005, she invited teams to travel Langley, BC from all over the Pacific Northwest and, as a result, the BBQ on the Bypass (its original name) was born.

The successful barbecue competition celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2016.


Angie Quaale shares, “The community surrounding BBQ off the Bypass can never be replicated, and I thank everybody who has taken part from the beginning, for their trust in me to create a successful competition and festival celebrating barbecue.” 

“I am very proud continue to produce the Barn Burner BBQ which takes place each spring in Chilliwack; and for those who need their barbeque fix, it’s a great way to start off the season. This family-friendly BBQ extravaganza is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Free-to-attend, donations will be accepted upon entry for a local charity, which changes each year, so we can help people in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey and surrounding communities. I hope to see you all there next spring.”


Media interested in speaking to Angie Quaale regarding BBQ, food trends, the Fraser Valley or her tough decision to close BBQ Off The Bypass, please contact Amy Chen 778-998-0036. 

Images of Angie Quaale available for download via Dropbox: 

Press Release: Langley Heats Up with 11th Annual BBQ off the Bypass

19 BBQ teams from USA and Canada to compete

NOTE TO MEDIA: Angie Quaale, BBQ champion, host and founder of BBQ *Off* the Bypass is available for interview and cooking demos. To book an interview, contact Amy Chen or 778-998-0036.

Photos of BOTB available for download:

When: Sunday, September 11, 10:00am-4:00pm

Where: Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store, 117-20353 64th Ave, Langley, BC

Fully-sanctioned BBQ competition with teams from Washington State, Montana, Saskatchewan, British Columbia.
BBQ categories: chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and Blackbox.
Free day of family fun with admission donations to benefit TinyKittens.
Great BC Bake Off also takes place with three competing categories for the public: fruit pie, butter tart and anything pie.
See press release for more information.

Free parking nearby on the street. Please allocate extra time to find parking. Map below.

10:00am- Event kicks-off at main stage with chef Dez as emcee.
11:00am- Chicken judging
12:00pm- Ribs judging & pie judging
1:00pm- Pork judging
2:00pm- Brisket judging
3:00pm- Blackbox Judging
4:00pm- Award presentation at main stage.

Map to the 11th Annual BBQ Off The Bypass in Langley, BC, Canada

They’re back!

The New Shackletons will be back at BOTB 2016!

Local band, The New Shackleton, returns to perform at #BOTB2016.

Local band, The New Shackleton, returns to perform at #BOTB2016.

We’re happy to confirm that the New Shackletons have confirmed that they will take the stage again for this year’s BBQ *Off* the Bypass. Get ready to rock!!

Press Release: Richmond Team Takes Home BBQ Championship

BBQ Community Expands with BBQ *Off* the Bypass

NOTE TO MEDIA: Angie Quaale, BBQ champion and host of BBQ *Off* the Bypass is available for interview and cooking demos. Please contact Amy Chen or 778-998-0036.

In Short:

The 10th annual BBQ *Off* the Bypass, presented in Langley by C&D Logistics was another year of success and fun. With 19 teams from all over the Pacific Northwest competed for the Grand Championship, which was captured by local Richmond, BC’s Hog Shack Cook House. Local residents, Sandra Sayer, Beth Watt and Colleen Hayes of Big Dog BBQ took home pie championships in their respective categories: Fruit Pie, Anything Pie, and Butter Tart. More details on results:

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The News:

A decade of smoking hot BBQ and community fun were celebrated at the 2015 BBQ *Off* the Bypass (BOTB), presented by C&D Logistics, on September 13th, 2015. The event also welcomed the 6th annual Great BC Bake-Off.

All proceeds from the event were donated to TinyKittens Society.

All proceeds from the event were donated to TinyKittens Society.

More than 5,000 meat lovers of all ages attended this free public event to enjoy free samples of delicious slow-cooked meat, purchased take home treats from vendors, and participated in free activities including face-painting, festival games and live performances by local band, The New Shackeltons.

Admission was by donation, with all proceeds collected ($6,809.95) to support Langley-based TinyKittens Society, a 100% volunteer-run animal rescue to promote the welfare of cats.

Already a beautiful and hot day, the energy at this year’s competition was even hotter as more than 19 teams from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Oregon, Washington and all over BC traveled to compete for the Grand Championship title and a cash prize of $10,000 shared by the winning teams.

Richmond's Hog Shack BBQ took home 10th Annual BBQ *Off* the Bypass championship.  (L to R): Scott Graham, John Lim Hing, Joel Whitmore

Richmond’s Hog Shack BBQ took home 10th Annual BBQ *Off* the Bypass championship.
(L to R): Scott Graham, John Lim Hing, Joel Whitmore

Visiting Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) head judges Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh led a local team of certified judges to judge a very close competition with Hog Shack Cook House taking home the Grand Championship, after achieving the highest total points in all four competition categories: chicken, ribs, pork shoulder (pulled pork) and beef brisket. With only 0.046 points behind, Lake House BBQ took home the title of Reserve Grand Champion (2nd place).

Surrey’s Stacked Racks BBQ was the winner of the Black Box competition with their turkey roll using this year’s mystery ingredients: JD Farms ground turkey, ginger and carob molasses.

An assortment of pies entered for the Great BC Bake-Off.   (Photo credit: Hanson Do, Nosh and Nibble)

An assortment of pies entered for the Great BC Bake-Off.
(Photo credit: Hanson Do, Nosh and Nibble)

In addition to the BBQ competition, the 6th annual Great BC Bake-Off also took place at this year’s event with 26 fresh, homemade pies entered in one of the three categories: fruit pie, butter tarts and an open category. It was a close competition with Sandra Sayer taking home the Fruit Pie championship with her Dutch Apple Jack Pie and Beth Watt winning the Anything Pie category with Corn Onion Galotte. Finally, last year’s pie winner, Colleen of Big Dog BBQ took home the Butter Tart category.

An additional prize for this year’s pie winners, Aldergrove’s Otter Co-Op will scale each first place winner’s recipes and bake them to sell at the store.

“As the interest in BBQ increases each year, we have more teams joining to cook, more judges to judge and more spectators to enjoy. BBQ *Off* the Bypass is more than a day event. It’s a community that brings people together to celebrate, share and support one another. I can’t wait to see what the 11th year will bring for us in 2016. See you there!” – Angie Quaale, BBQ champion and founder of BOTB.

For the full list of teams, partners and sponsors, please visit here.

Judging list for this year’s Black Box and Pie category are available online.

If you missed this year’s BBQ competition, mark your calendar for the 11th annual BBQ *Off* the Bypass competition in September 2016 at the Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store in Langley, BC.

About BBQ *Off* the Bypass

The annual BBQ *Off* the Bypass is a Langley BC-based BBQ competition and more. The event attracts the best competitive BBQ teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest for a sizzling competition in five categories: chicken, brisket, ribs, pork butt, and an open choice category. FREE to the public, the event features live music, interesting displays, tasty vendors and delicious FREE finger licking barbecue samples. The BBQ off the Bypass is also the site of the Great BC Bake Off, an annual amateur pie baking competition, open to the public.

The event is free to the public. Learn more at:

Still room in our Captain’s Class!

Our Judging Class (hosted by Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store) just filled up!

However, our Captain’s Class still has room and we’d love to have you:…/certified-bbq-table-captain-c…/

Call 604-530-1518 to reserve your spot now!

This class is being taught by Kelly & Kathleen McIntosh, KCBS Head Judges

In a barbecue competition, it is exciting being a judge. However, another very important position is needed to make the barbecue competition go on and that is a Table Captain. Table Captains present and pass out the meat to each of the judges. Table Captains need to know all of the rules that go along with this important task. Learn those rules in a KCBS certified class. The cost is $50 for both members of Kansas City Barbecue Society and non- members. Come on out and learn all that you need to know to participate in Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions!

More FAQ’s may be answered at:

Attendees will learn the art of judging KCBS BBQ.

Countdown to the BC Bake Off!

Summer heat is upon us and while we’re happy to stand in front of a hot grill, the idea of turning on the oven is about as desirable as a wet wool blanket. That being said, there is something great about patio party desserts, so we collected 10 great “no bake” desserts that require little to no oven time so you keep cool as the we count down to the 6th  Annual BC Bake Off hosted at this year’s BBQ *Off* the Bypass.

Visit us every Wednesday for a new recipe counting down to September 13th.

Wanna Judge? Certification Classes Announced

A Certified KCBS Instructor, will guide you through proper judging of competition quality BBQ in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. A KCBS judge evaluates BBQ using three specific criteria: appearance, taste and texture. KCBS sanctioned events always prefer to have 100% Certified BBQ Judges to ensure judging standards are upheld.

The classroom environment is professional and courteous, yet fun and entertaining. The class consists of about 50% instruction and 50% judging actual competition BBQ.

More FAQ’s may be answered at:

Attendees will learn the art of judging KCBS BBQ.


Certified BBQ Judging class with Head Judges Kelly & Kathleen McIntosh

SOLD OUT • SEPTEMBER 11 @ 6:00 PM9:30 PM | $115

Fees for this class are $90.00 for KCBS members and $115.00 for non KCBS members. Non-member fees include 1 year membership in KCBS

  • [SOLD OUT]

Certified BBQ Table Captain Class (aprox. 2 hours)

SEPTEMBER 12 @ 10:00 AM12:00 PM | $50