It all started sixty-six years ago when some Eagleville ranchers donated a dwarf calf for a community BBQ using an old fashioned deep pit where the meat is buried over hot coals. Days before the annual event, the men of Eagleville venture into the Warner Mountains to cut mahogany wood that produces the hot coals needed to cook the meat.
Townspeople meet the evening before to season and wrap the meat and vegetables in paper and burlap. The menu consists of BBQ meat, potato salad, beans, salad, rolls and a secret BBQ sauce.
Dinner starts at 7:00pm when the pit crew uncovers the tasty roasted meat. The annual event is a fund raiser for the Eagleville Volunteer Fire Department.
Approximately 1,000 people descend upon our small community of 50 to 100 residents for the dinner. Families schedule reunions, old timers reconnect with old friends, and former neighbors as well as meet new friends. A free dance starts at 9:00pm and is held under the stars for BBQ attendees next to the picnic tables.
The Eagleville BBQ started in 1945 is always held the last Saturday of July.