Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship

October 2 - 3, 2020 IBMA Bluegrass Festival Raleigh

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, blind-taste judging and a people’s choice award.

For years, people have asked to try the barbecue of the winning pig. Now you can purchase a wristband and try all of the pigs and vote for your favorite.

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.


Qualified cooks:
Registration will open this summer.

Kevin Peterson (State Championship)
Chris Fineran (State Championship)
Billy Narron (State Championship)
David Hoffman (BBQ for Paws)
David Murray (BBQ for Paws)
Dru McDaniel (Vander Pig Cookoff)
John Kearney (Vander Pig Cookoff)
Timothy Carroll (Vander Pig Cookoff)
Jason Williamson (Smoke on the Water)
DJ Stox (Smoke on the Water)
Wesley Bowers (American Legion 116)
Kevin Wooten (American Legion 116)
Jason Baker (Clayton Squealin’ on the Square)
John Kantenwein (Pork & Beats Festival)
Timothy Mills (Pork & Beats Festival)
David Grandy (Barbecue Summit Cookoff)


Jen Kendrick