Whole Hog Barbecue Championship
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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-certified local barbecue competitions statewide.
This year, the State Championship will return to Downtown Raleigh as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.
Judging will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 1 with winners announced around 12:00 PM. You can watch all the Championship action at 1 E. Lenoir Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Entry Form Letter to Cooks Rules and Regulations
Saturday, October 1, Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass with the flavors of championship barbecue on Saturday. Following the judging of the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship, all of the award-winning barbecue will be collected, chopped and sold for lunch. Festival goers can purchase championship barbecue sandwiches for $5 on Cabarrus Street next to the Convention Center, as well as from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s food truck next to the Performing Arts Center. Proceeds benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. -