BBQ Cook-Off Information for North Carolina Events

North Carolina hosts several barbeque cook-offs each year. These competitions are held throughout the year and each has its own unique theme and meat preferences. Often times North Carolina BBQ Cook-Offs are tied in with other local events such as music festivals and community celebrations. To do well in these competitions it is important to pay close attention to the rules that the competition has, especially in regards to items that can get your entry disqualified or penalized.

You can find a great list of current North Carolina BBQ Events at, and you can find information about a couple of North Carolina events below.


The Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest is held each year in Newport, North Carolina around the end of March or the beginning of April. This cook-off offers cash and prizes, as well as offering a ceremonial crowning of the event’s King and Queen. The cash prizes will usually include a $1,000 first prize, a $500 second prize, a $400 third prize, a $300 fourth prize, a $200 fifth prize, and a $500 nth prize. The $500 nth prize will be awarded to the ranking number that matches the anniversary year of the competition. For exam the nth prize at the 28th Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest was awarded to the 28th place finalist. Each entrant will receive a twelve foot by fifteen foot cooking space, one parking permit, and one camper parking permit. You will need to display these permits properly, as well as comply with set up regulations and rules.

To enter this contest you will need to fill out and submit an official entry form, which is located at Along with your entry form you will also need to submit your $100 Sponsor Fee. On your registration you will need to indicate what heat source you will be using, if you have a tent, what size your tent is, if you will be sharing a tend, and if you have a camper. The deadline for submitting registrations is usually mid-March.

For more information about this event you can visit, or you can call them at 1-252-223-PIGS, or write to them at PO Box PIG, Newport, North Carolina 28570.


Another newer addition to the North Carolina BBQ circuit is the High Country Barbeque & Chili Cook-Off. This event is held in September over the Labor Day Weekend. This is a whole hog BBQ event, and it is the only category that will be offered. This competition is a people’s choice event, and entries will not be judged by panel judges. You are allowed to use any cooking method you want, you can camp at the site, and you can be a professional cook or a backyard barbequer. In addition to the BBQ competition this event will also include family entertainment, music, and beverages. The purpose of this event is to raise money for local charities.

If you want more information you can contact the High Country BBQ and Chili Cook-Off at:

High Country BBQ and Chili Cook-Off
197 New Market Centre
Boone, North Carolina 28607
(828) 266-1251 phone number
(828) 262-0054 fax number
(828) 266-1251 advertising department

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