Professional Barbeque Competition
Sanctioned by the Whole Hog Barbecue Series
Thank you to all who participated in 2021. We’ll be back in March 2022! Stay tuned for more details!
From March through September, in towns peppered throughout North Carolina and Virginia, some of the best barbeque cooks in the nation come together between 15 and 20 times a year to strut their stuff in the Whole Hog Barbecue Series cooking contests. Duplin County’s Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival is one of these sanctioned contests.
The barbeque chefs who qualify at our festival and the other local events then square off in October for the grand prize: the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship.
All of the events are approved and sanctioned by the NC Pork Council. The Whole Hog Barbecue Series celebrates the history and artistry of whole hog cooking, supports communities and nonprofits, and is proud to have a wide and growing fan base in North Carolina. The Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival is proud to be part of this multi-state event.
We would also like to extend a special thank you to Smithfield. They are a proud sponsor of the Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival and provide the whole hogs to our cook teams.
First Place Prize – $500. Second Place Prize – $300. Third Place Price – $200.
2021 Professional Champions
Best of the Best Barbeque Competition
Next year, in March of 2022, you can sample this mouthwatering barbecue at the festival!
To sample and vote on the Best of the Best you can purchase a $5 Sampling Ticket. Sampling ticket sales are from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. Tasting is from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and you’ll be able to sample the BBQ and sauce of the teams that choose to compete. Then you can vote on who is the Best of the Best!
Limited to 20 teams.
2021 Best of the Best Champion
Lynwood Harper with Pork Stars
Vinegar, ketchup or mustard based? What’s your favorite? Everyone has an opinion, so let’s see whose sauce is the best! Enter your sweet, hot, mild, spicy or whatever kind of BBQ sauce it might be into the Blue, Brew & ‘Que Sauce Contest!
Sauce contestants must also be entered in either the Professional or the Best Of The Best Competition.
2021 Sauce Master Champion
Randy Knowles with Defiant Spirits
We know, your mouth is already watering, so how can you try some of this delicious ‘que? Purchase a BBQ Plate for $7 at the festival and you’ll receive BBQ, Slaw & Hushpuppies. The BBQ is mixed meat from the different cook teams with one chosen vinegar-based sauce.
OR you can purchase a $5 Sampling Ticket for our Best of the Best competition. Sampling ticket sales are from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm the day of the festival. Tasting is from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and you’ll be able to sample the BBQ and sauce of the teams that choose to compete. Then you can vote on who is the Best of the Best! Our suggestion? Do BOTH – Sample for Lunch, BBQ Plate for Dinner!
2021 Cook Teams
- Baker Boys BBQ
- Lazy Days
- Defiant Spirits
- Beach Boys BBQ
- Whole Hog BBQ
- Backwoods BBQ
- Wicked Pig
- Down East BBQ
- Pickin’ & Grillin’ BBQ
- Showtime’s Legit BBQ
- Pork Stars
- Yabotit Cue
- Mr. Curley’s Que Crew
- It’s ‘Quetime BBQ
- Grilling Palms BBQ
- J-3 BBQ
- All Fired Up
- Robert Hall BBQ
- Fired Up BBQ
- High Caliber Que
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