BBQ Competition



The top cookers from all over the state compete in this sanctioned event of the NC Pork Council.

Throughout the event, we welcome you to walk around the competitors, see their cookers and ask questions. But please respect them by not opening a closed tent.

On Friday, you can watch them receive and prepare their pigs. Early Saturday morning is a great time to see the finished product and witness the official judging by the NC Pork Council. See the video above.

The competitors also submit a sample for a blind taste taste.

Then all the barbeque is collected for your consumption. Plates and are available. Proceeds got to local charities.


We are limited to 25 teams this year - first come, first served. Deadline to apply is October 28, 2022'.

2022 PB Contest rules - please download for rules pertaining to Barbeque Cook-off and Best BBQ Sauce Competition. Cook-off teams may enter one sauce in the competition.
2022 PB Cook Off team registration - all entry forms need to received by Friday, October 28.


Sponsored by Cape Fear Distillery

PRIZES AWARDED: 1st place - $200, 2nd place - $100, 3rd place - $50

Not everyone can cook a hog, but everyone has their favorite BBQ sauce.    Pull out your favorite recipe or ask your grandma for hers.  Join the fun at the 2022 Pork and Beats Festival and enter your sauce in the Best BBQ Sauce competition which will be judged on Friday night, November 4th.  There will be trophies and cash prizes for the top three sauces.  Also, you will have bragging rights until next year.

See the above rules for entering a sauce in the competition. Deadline to enter a sauce is 5:00pm on Friday, November 4, 2022. Entries must be submitted in the designated container. Containers are provided once an entry form is received.

2022 PB Best BBQ Sauce registration