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Competition Barbecue is coming to West Jefferson, NC for Labor Day weekend, 2019 at the Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center!

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) out of Houston, Texas, as well as the Ashe Brew Club.

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The biggest barbeque competition in this area was the Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival, once held in Tryon, NC. That festival is now discontinued, and it is our hope this one will replace it.

Date: Aug. 30-31, and that same weekend every year for the next three or four years.

Event Coordinator: James E. Killian • 828-612-9550 • Email

Application Forms for Competitors and Brewers:

*** KCBS & SCA INFO***

Professional Cook Team Application  Right-click to download:

Brewer/Distiller Application  Right-click to download:

Volunteer Information  Right-click to download:

Click here for SCA RegistrationKCBS Members Link

IMPORTANT! These forms are designed to use Adobe Acrobat. If email button does not work, save completed form and attach to an email to Info@BlueRidgeBBQBrewfest.com


Blue Ridge BBQ & Brew Festival could not happen without the support of sponsors and donors. We value greatly and take our responsibility very seriously to make sure that your generosity and support is known to our attendees and the general public at large by displaying your names and logos on our marketing material, advertisements, promotional items and social media. We've developed a number of sponsorship amounts that offer a variety of valuable benefits that help keep our sponsor partnerships long lasting. We're always happy to listen to your ideas and work with you to tailor a package that exactly fits your needs.


Friday: 3:00 to 5:00 pm: SCA cookoff followed by awards at 5:30 pm, with a major concert that night at the Blue Ridge Theater (check the BRT&E Schedule page for details)
Saturday: 11:00am to 4:30pm: KCBS competition event: followed by awards at 5:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00am to 5:00pm: Approx. 30 microbreweries will be set up on the grounds, as well as 10 distilleries and 4 wineries: Taste test the beverages along with the barbeque. You may make purchases from the microbreweries, as well.

Prizes: KCBS awards total $7,500! SCA awards total $2,500!

$7,500 Cash Purse*

Grand Champion: $1800
Reserve Grand Champion $800

Each Category:
Chicken • Ribs • Pork • Brisket

1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200
4th Place: $100
5th Place: $75
6th Place: $50
7th Place: $50
8th Place: $50
9th Place: $50
10th Place: $50

*We are required to file 1099 forms with the Internal Revenue Service for the 2019 Tax year for all teams receiving more than $600 in cash/prizes. Each team will be required to complete the 1099 forms prior to receiving funds.

BBQ will be  for sale from vendors that are competing also with BBQ plates along with other types of food- hotdogs, burgers, etc. We will have various food trucks, one from Boondocks in West Jefferson.

Get Tickets

Admission to the KBS Competiton competition is $5: but there will be a $30 fee available online for a beer "sampling" glass.only 220 VIP Tickets at $65 each will be available

Parking will be at the Ashe County High School, with a shuttle running every 15 minutes:  $5 fee.

This is not a money-making event for the theater. In fact, a percent of Brew proceeds will go to charity. It's going to cost a lot of money to put this thing on and we are going to need sponsors in Ashe and surrounding areas to get behind and support it.
We're also going to need volunteers. Anyone who has an interest in helping out with this, becoming a sponsor, or a vendor, should contact volunteers@blueridgebbqbrewfest.com.

Confirmed Cook Teams

Smoke This
Pitmaster Scott Jarrett

Twisted Pair BBQ
Pitmaster George DeMartz

Wolfs Revenge BBQ
2019 Memphis in May Cool Smoke Champion
Pitmaster Chiles Cridlin

Hickory Barbeque Company
Pitmaster Noel Kay

Pitmaster Mark Whitmore

Dirty Ol' Butt Slappers
Pitmaster Tom Greer

Big Money BBQ
Pitmaster Jeff Bradley

Doctor Cue NC
Pitmaster Adam Beard

Lil Brothers BBQ
Pitmaster David Walls

Q Smoke
Pitmaster Tim Owings

Pitmaster Andrew Massey

The Sauce & All That Goes With It
Pitmaster Martin Almond

Rubber Brisket
Pitmaster Mark Johnson

Carolina Smoking John
Pitmaster Johnny Young

Brother In Law BBQ
Pitmaster Steven Pavis

270 Smokers
Pitmaster Terry West

Out-Law BBQ
Pitmaster Mr Law

Mcadoo Heights BBQ
Pitmaster Shannon Turner


Redneck Scientific
Pitmaster Jerry Stephenson

Old Colony Smokehouse
Pitmaster Adam Hughes

Palmetto Pitmaster s
Pitmaster Chris Brown

Pitmaster Tim Tate



Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Ass Clown Brewing Co
Beech Mountain Brewing
Blowing Rock Brewing
Boondocks Brewing
Deep River Brewing Co
Foothills Brewing Company
Granite Falls Brewing
Kettell Beerworks
Laconia Aleworks
Lost Province
Mad Company
Mica Town Brewing
Molley Chomper
Mother Earth Brewing
New River Brewing
Pisgah Brewery Co
Preyer Brewing Co
Primal Brewery
Red Oak Brewery
Skull Camp Brewing
Sweeten Creek Brewing
The Duck-Rabbit Brewery
Unknown Brewing
UpCountry Brewing

This list may change...


5 Mile Mountain Distillery
Copper Barrel
Doc Porters'
Fair Game Beverage Co
Foothills Distillery
Holman Distillery
Mayberry Spirits
South Mountain Distillery
Southern Distilling Co
Southern Grace Distillery
Warehouse Distillery


Carolina Heritage Vineyard
Duplin Winery
Elkin Creek Vineyard
Round Peak
Thistle Meadow
Westbend Vineyards


on Google Maps:

Blue Ridge Theater and Event Center
9331 NC Highway 16 N • West Jefferson, NC 28694 • (336) 982-4888

Our Sponsors /

We Support...

The Blue Ridge BBQ & Brew Festival couldn't happen without our great sponsors. We'd like to thank the Title Sponsors for The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition we're having Labor Day weekend. We are a 501C3 Non-profit

SCA - Steak Cookoff Association Sponsors

Title and Main Stage

Gary Brown - Boondock Brewing
Boondock Restaurant and Tap Room

Platinum Partners

Ingles Market

Gold Partners

Holiday Inn Express
Associated Brands
Jefferson Rent-All
Mastercraft Log Homes
First Citizen's Bank
Antques on Main

Silver Partners

Guardian Insurance Agency
Sheet Brothers

KCBS Kansas Barbeque Society

Title and Main Stage Sponsor

Steve Doby - Doby's Well Drilling

Title Sponsors

David Miller - Miller's Insurance Agency
Michael Vannoy - Dr Pepper Bottling Company
Mark and Eddie Vannoy - Vannoy Construction

Platinum Partners

Boonedock Brewing
Jefferson Landing / Jeremy's Lodge
Cross Toads Harley Davidson

Gold Partners

New River Inn and Cabins
Smoky Mountain Barbeque
Scott Brothers Heating & Air
Barr's Fiddle Shop
Mountain Kubota

Silver Partners

Reeves Divenere Wright
Ameriprise Financial
Glenn's Car Care
Enchanted Farm Antiques
Hole-Lotta Doughnuts
Valencia's Graphics

Bronze Partners

Parson's Farms
Wesaver's Equipment
Days Inn

The Festival Supports...

We are so blessed to be given the ability to help raise money for one of our local charities, Camp New Hope, here in Glendale Springs, NC.

Camp New Hope's mission is that every child who enters the gate of Camp New Hope will experience a life-changing moment. That they will have a renewed hope for the future, knowing miracles happen every day. That when they leave they will be revived spiritually, mentally, and physically. Most importantly, they will realize just how special they are, because we will never be the same as having been touched by their lives.

Learn more about Camp New Hope at www.CampNewHopeNC.com and help support their mission by donation or coming to join us Labor Day weekend for the Blue Ridge BBQ & Brew Festival.