As a public service to porkaholics everywhere, the BBQ Jew maintains this list of upcoming barbecue events (festivals, cooking competitions and more) in North Carolina.  Please send us an email or post a comment if you have an event you’d like listed–the only cost to you is the possibility that your event will receive a visit by Porky LeSwine.

April 4 & 5, 2014: Newport Pig Pickin’ Contest (Newport, “The Town with Old Fashioned Courtesy”)

April 12. 2014: Pig in the Park (Goldsboro)

April 11 & 12, 2014: Pigskin Pig-Out Contest (Greenville)

April 18 & 19, 2014: Kings Mountain Firehouse Barbeque Cookoff (Kings Mountain)

TBD: Wolfpack Club BBQ Bowl (Raleigh)

April 26, 2014: North Carolina Cuegrass Festival (Raleigh)

TBD: Henderson County Boyd BBQ Expo (Hendersonville)

April 25 & 26, 2014:  BBQ Capital Cook-off (Lexington)

May 2 & 3, 2014: Wil King Hog Happenin’ (Kinston)

May 2 & 3, 2014: The Ham & Yam Festival (Smithfield)

TBD: Beach, Blues & BBQ (Monroe)

TBD: Edenton Hog Fest (Edenton)

TBD: Carthage Buggy Festival BBQ Cookoff (Carthage)

TBD: Bar-B-Que Festival at Salisbury Cultural Arts Festival (Salisbury, one of NC’s original BBQ towns)

May 17, 2014: Roanoke-Chowan Pork-Fest (Murfreesboro).

May 17, 2014: Carolina Pig Jig (Raleigh)

June 5-8, 2014: Texas Pete Twin City RibFest (Winston-Salem, not Minneapolis-St.Paul)

June 6 & 7, 2014: Hog Happenin’ (Lincolnton)

June 7 & 8, 2014: Cape Fear BBQ Festival (Burgaw)

June 14, 2014: Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour (Asheville)

June 13 & 14, 2014: Blue Ridge BBQ Festival (Tryon)

June 21, 2014: Hillsborough Hog Day (Hillsborough, how’d you guess?)

TBD: Peak City Pig Fest (Apex)

July 11-13, 2014: Carolina Mountain Ribfest (Fletcher)

July 25 & 26, 2014: Western NC BBQ Festival (Maggie Valley)

August 1 & 2, 2014: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Cary)

August 8 & 9, 2014: Mountain High BBQ and Music Festival (Franklin)

September 5-7, 2014: East West BBQ Fest (Greensboro, which is squarely in the west as NC BBQ geography goes)

September 12 & 13, 2014: Hollerin’ Heritage Festival BBQ Cook Off (Dunn)

TBD: Onslow County Shrine Pig Cookin’ (Jacksonville)

September 19 & 20, 2014: Biker Blues & BBQ Rally and BBQ Classic (Salisbury)

September 26 & 27, 2014: Mayberry Days Barbecue Cook-Off (Mount Airy, right Gomer?)

October 10 & 11, 2014: Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down (Rocky Mount)

TBD: Pork Jam BBQ Festival (Pelham)

TBD: Future Legends of BBQ Festival (Flat Rock)

TBD: Vander Pig Cook Off (Fayetteville)

October 23, 2014: Mallard Creek Barbecue (Charlotte) Motto: “If you like our barbecue, you’ll LOVE our Church!”

October 25, 2014: The Barbecue Festival (Lexington)

October 31 & November 1, 2014: Hog Happnin’ (Shelby)

TBD: When Pigs Fly (Fayetteville)

27 Responses

  1. Do Porky LeSwine, the Rib Rabbi and your readers have any interest in a walking food tour? We started one in downtown Raleigh last Spring and are about to expand to the Chapel Hill & Carrboro area. Durham is next.

  2. Leigh,

    We like food and we believe walking is a good excuse for eating more food. Please feel free to post a link or whatever other info you have to share in the comments section, and we’ll be happy to try and spread the good word. Now if only there were more BBQ joints in walking distance of each other…

  3. I know you’ve got this on your site, but here is a blurb from the local paper. (Neuse BBQ Fest)

  4. Are you all going to do a report on Hillsborough Hog Day?

  5. Small notice in N/O

    Pig Pickin’ and Beer

  6. Pork Jam 2010 BBQ Festival

    Pork Jam 2010 BBQ festival will kick off Saturday October 9th starting at 10am – 7pm. Located at 4895 Old US 29 Pelham, N.C. (about 45 mins north of Greensboro), it benefits the community of Pelham by supporting the Pelham Volunteer Fire Department. We will have art/ Crafters (over 50 in ’08 and ’09), Kids games/rides, face painting, hay rides, clowns, special appearances, giveaways/door prizes, live bands performing all day (Gospel, Rock, Country, Beach, Bluegrass, etc….). If that was not enough we will be serving our famous BBQ and stew all day made fresh by the volunteer firemen.
    This will be one event you will not want to miss! Free admission and parking (Handicap parking available), If you are interested in being a vendor please email us at We expect 2,000 in attendance

  7. Saw this on the N/O food blog Mouthful today.

  8. Thanks, burgeoningfoodie, I’ll post something on this.

  9. Sunday, June 27th Tyler’s 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival at the Tyler’s in Carrboro.

  10. […] where the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival will be taking place.  See this article or the events page for more […]

  11. Our 3rd 2010 NCBS BBQ Boot Camp& Judging Class will be held October 1&2, 2010 at the Events Center in Halyburton Park, Wilmington, NC. See for more about this 58-acre Nature Preserve in the heart of Wilmington. The Park is located at 4099 S. 17th St. and is only a few miles from the river front shops and a short trip to the beaches.

    Camp cost is $395 p/p for male/female adults (limit 30 adults) and includes the cook-out and mixer Friday night, breakfast, lunch and THE Party Saturday night, time with the Pit Masters and classes on Saturday plus hat/shirt/apron. Spouse or guest may attend THE Party with a camper for an additional $25 fee. Camp cost for male/female teens ages 15-18 (limit 10 teens) is $30. Teens may attend camp Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    BBQ Boot Camp and NCBS Certified BBQ Judging Classes are offered first to NCBS members. Address any questions to Jim Early (336)765-6227 or email

  12. While this is Atlanta, it is not a bad drive for a weekend if you are devoted.

    What’s happening this month
    Search: Big Pig Jig
    Georgia’s largest and oldest barbecue competition (Nov. 5 & 6) attracts 20,000 hungry spectators to watch more than 100 teams compete at cooking up pork shoulders and rib, kettles of Brunswick stew, barbecue sauce and barbecued chicken. Then, they eat. Competition barbecue cost $5 per serving while it lasts. The event began in 1982, and today includes a major arts and crafts festival plus a boisterous battle of the bands.

  13. Hey Porky, here are a couple more to add to your list:

    April 8-9, “Pig in the Park” – Goldsboro, NC

    April 15-16, “28th Annual Pigskin Pig-Out Contest” – Greenville, NC

    September 9-10, “4th Annual Onslow County Shrine Pig Cookin'” – Jacksonville, NC

  14. Thanks BBQ.Tom

  15. Hey you may want to add the newly sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society event down in Pittsboro.

  16. I think you have a bad listing for the ECU one
    April 16 & 17, 2012: Pigskin Pig-Out Contest (Greenville)
    The link you posted goes to the 2010 Pig-Out

    The correct date is April 14 and 15


  17. Thanks for the correction, PBBQ, I’ve updated the events page with that info.

  18. Anyone else think the BBQ Festival in Lexington is over-rated? As a huge NC BBQ fan, this was on top of my ‘to-do’ list for a couple of years. Went last year (even took the ‘BBQ Train’)’. Huge disappointment! The BBQ was good, but there was only 1 option…the ‘collaboration’ of Lexington joints. Also, there weren’t many BBQ-related souvenirs, t-shirts, pork goodies, hats, anything. To me, it was like a small town street festival that happened to have a BBQ stand. Anyone else disappointed? How can I be a huge NC BBQ fan and not like this festival?

  19. Wanting to do a week long BBQ crawl next spring in North Carolina. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

  20. Kim, a grand idea for sure. My tips are twofold: 1) see The Joints section of this site and focus on Grade A restaurants 2) study this link The trail is great, although it never lists more than 2 joints in one town, which ignores several great places in Lexington, NC. Let me know where you end up.

  21. May 31st in the beautiful Pass Christian Harbor! Backyard BBQ Challenge

  22. Remarkable! Its in fact amazing piece of writing, I have got
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