2017 Pro Teams Competition

The 2017 Western NC BBQ Festival “Smokin’ in the Valley” is a KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) sanctioned event and will adhere to those guidelines. KCBS representatives will be onsite.


The contest consists of four KCBS categories which are required in order to qualify for the Grand Championship. Judging begins at noon on Saturday using the blind judging technique. We strongly encourage you to also compete in the Friday night Ancillary categories — Anything Butt Meat and Anything Butt Dessert. Our Sponsors enjoy participating as VIP Judges! Without our Sponsors, we could not hold this event each year.

North Carolina Teams can participate in the NC Governor’s competition. Top scoring team from NC will take away a beautiful trophy — presented by someone from the Governor’s office  — along with $250

Saturday after the Competition Categories will be a People’s Choice and a chance for the public to be the judge of their favorite 2015 Professional team.  By far the best of the Braggin’ Rights, here! A trophy and $250 in prize money.


  • Poultry (Chicken Only)
  • Pork Ribs
  • Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt –(over 5 lbs)
  • Beef Brisket


GRAND CHAMPION $2,000 plus trophy
Reserve Grand Champion$1,000 plus trophy
First Place $750 plus award
Second Place $400 plus award
Third Place $300 plus award
Fourth Place $200 plus award
Fifth Place $100 plus award
Sixth Place $ 50 plus award
Seventh – Tenth Place Ribbon



NC Governor’s Trophy $250  plus trophy (open to NC teams only)
Maggie’s Best (People’s Choice)  $250 plus trophy

Friday Contests

These are judged Friday evening and are not included in calculations for Grand Champion.

“Anything Butt Dessert”   $150 plus award

“Anything Butt Meat”      $150 plus award

Teams may also compete in the Friday evening People’s Choice (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) by filling out the Wine and Swine Application. Prize: $250 and trophy.



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