GRAND CHAMPIONS
2013 - Fatbacks BBQ
& Rib Shack
2012 - Sauced! BBQ
2011 - Beer Meets Grill
2010 - Grog N Hogs
2009 - Iron Pig BBQ
2008 - Screamin Nite
Hog BBQ

Parks & Recreation


Grand Champion
Trophy

October 10 & 11 in Downtown Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount is hosting a National Barbecue Cookoff!
This year will mark the 7th year of the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down®. It is an official North Carolina State Barbecue Championship, and is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. It is sponsored by the Rocky Mount Parks & Recreation Special Events Division.

The event is a professional cooking competition based on KCBS categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork & beef brisket). Awards include Grand Champion, Reserved Grand Champion, and People's Choice Award. Cash awards, trophies and plaques awarded up to 10th place in each category. There will be 58 opportunities to win.

KCBS representatives will be present and judging starts at noon on Saturday, October 11, using the blind judging technique. The cookoff will be held on October 10 & 11 as a part of the Kick Off Party including the Kick Off Concert held in downtown Rocky Mount. There will be plenty of delicious food & beverages and great entertainment. This is a party you don't want to miss! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and come have some fun with your friends and neighbors.

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Cook Teams & Judges - If you are interested in participating in the barbecue cookoff, visit our Applications & Forms page.


What People are Saying About This Event:


"I'm getting excited about returning to my home town for a contest. (Since Bob Melton's was my first barbecue, I'm still bias to eastern NC cue.) In fact, you'll have two judges returning home."

Dennis Daniels
Northport , Alabama


"Your trophy from last year is still the most beautiful one I have, but this one is amazing! We can't wait for your contest in October!!!"

Nelson Colwell
Old Dominion Smokehouse
Chesapeake, Virginia


Rocky Mount Parks & Recreation
Down East Festival
P.O. Box 1180
Rocky Mount, NC 27802
252-972-1159
leigh.white@rockymountnc.gov

Come join the cook-off and compete for the right to be known as the
Eastern Carolina Grand Champion!

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