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Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Each Fall, the best whole hog barbecue chefs in North Carolina square off to become our state champion. The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship is the culmination of a qualifying series that includes more than 25 N.C. Pork Council-sanctioned local barbecue competitions.

The State Championship will return to Downtown Raleigh as part of the International Blue Grass Festival.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to purchase a wristband to sample directly from each cook and help select a people’s choice winner.

The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship is the culmination of a series of barbecue cook-offs held throughout the state using North Carolina Pork Council-sanctioned rules. The winner of each local cook-off is invited to the state championship to compete for coveted trophies and cash prizes, not to mention bragging rights. In addition to the on-site culinary trophy for best whole hog barbecue, there are also trophies for best sauce, crispy skin and a blind-taste judging.

Proceeds from the wristband sales will be donated to the InterFaith Food Shuttle and the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to bluegrass professionals experiencing financial emergencies.

Ticket information coming soon.



September 28, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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NC Pork Council


Downtown Raleigh
15 W Lenoir St
Raleigh, 27601 United States
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