40th Annual Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest

April 6 - 7, 2018 Newport Town Park Newport, NC


  1. David Grandy
  2. Wesley Bowers
  3. Lee Meeks
  4. Morgan Garner II
  5. Edgar Hargis

The  Pig Cookin’ in Newport is a competition of 80+ cooks all trying to cook a perfect pig and use their secret sauce hoping to be judged  # 1. There is food, free entertainment, crafts, rides and fun for the whole family.

The cooks get their hogs Friday evening after the Chief Cooks meeting at 7:00pm and it is up to them and their strategy as to when they start cooking.  The judging will begin 8:00 Sat. morning.   The judges go to each tent site and have a list to follow as to what they are looking for in a cooked pig.  They mark their score sheets and all are tallied and the winners are announced around 1:00pm on Saturday.

After a pig is judged, it is taken to the chopping tent and workers there prepare it  for the barbecue plates that start selling Sat. at 11:00am.  The plates consists of chopped pork with our own barbecue sauce, eastern style, hushpuppies, baked beans and coleslaw.  We have 2 serving lines and a drive through on the main street to keep the process moving quickly.

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Jim Bristle