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

We are official!

The Blue Ridge BBQ & Brew Festival has been proclaimed an official State Barbecue Championship by the Governor! Finally, a government decision we can get behind! Download the PDF here.

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

SCA logo SCA logo


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 Volunteers, Competitors and Brewers:

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*** 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!

KCBS: $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

SCA: $2,300 Cash Purse* Link

Judging Class, in West Jefferson!

Steak Payout

1st Place: $800
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $300
4th Place: $200
5th Place: $100
6th to 10th Place: $50

Wing Payout

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $75

*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

Designated Driver & General Admission is $5: Includes admission to the event on Sat., Aug. 31 from 12:00noon-5:00pm outside the brew tent, access to food vendors, and competition teams.

A Sample Admission is $30. Includes brew tent access, unlimited 5oz beer pours from breweries, and a tasting glass to take home
No one under 21 allowed in Brew tent area. Please no pets.

Only 220 VIP Tickets for $65 each will be available. Includes Sample Admission + access to VIP exclusive tent, 1st release samples, complementary food (VIP menu & tent delivery), early entrance, VIP parking & transport to event area, & consumption area & holding area for purchases.
Ticket sales end for VIP on Wednesday night. No one under 21 allowed in Brew tent area. Please no pets.

Sampling and General Admission tickets available at the gate. Sampling tickets will be $30 cash or $35 credit. General Admission tickets cash only. This is to ensure everyone gets into the Festival in a timely manner; thank you for understanding.

Check our Parking tab for more information. Ashe County Activity buses will run a shuttle loop.   $5 fee which benefits the Fire Department and the Ashe County High School.

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 • Hickory, NC
Pitmaster Scott Jarrett

Twisted Pair BBQ • Raleigh, NC
Pitmaster George DeMartz

Wolfs Revenge BBQ • Henrico, NC
2019 Memphis in May Cool Smoke Champion
Pitmaster Chiles Cridlin

Hickory Barbeque Company • Hickory, NC
Pitmaster Noel Kay

Q-Factor • Johnson City, TN
Pitmaster Mark Whitmore

Dirty Ol' Butt Slappers • Knoxville City, TN
Pitmaster Tom Greer

Big Money BBQ • Clayton, NC
Pitmaster Jeff Bradley

Doctor Cue NC • Raleigh, NC
Pitmaster Adam Beard

Lil Brothers BBQ • West Jefferson, NC
Pitmaster David Walls

Q Smoke • Dickson, TN
Pitmaster Tim Owings

Swig-n-Pig • Williamston, SC
Pitmaster Andrew Massey

The Sauce & All That Goes With It • Concord, NC
Pitmaster Martin Almond

Rubber Brisket • Chapel Hill, NC
Pitmaster Mark Johnson

Carolina Smoking John • Winston-Salem, NC
Pitmaster Johnny Young

Brother In Law BBQ • Fletcher, NC
Pitmaster Steven Pavis

270 Smokers • Lexington, VA
Pitmaster Terry West

Mcadoo Heights BBQ • Greensboro, NC
Pitmaster Sean Sewell

New Entries!

Smoke Central BBQ • Lake City. SC
Pitmaster Jason Singletary

Under the Radar • Kingsport. TN
Pitmaster Allen Clem

Muttley Crew BBQ • Apex, NC
Pitmaster Shannon Turner

Southern Q • Zebulon, NC
Pitmaster Mat Griner

Smoke Monster BBQ • Asheboro, NC
Pitmaster Justin Hughey

Smoke on This • Knoxville, TN
Pitmaster Jackie Price

Hicks Wood BBQ • Sherrills's Ford', NC
Pitmaster Robert Mankin

Outlaw BBQ • Ronda, NC
Pitmaster Steve Shumate


SCA Judging Class, West Jefferson August 24
KCBS Judges Confirmed

Steve Amos, Alexis, NC
Mike Angelo, Smyrna, GA
Jason Baumgardner, Galax, VA
Frank Beard, Asheville, NC
Cathy Blazier, NC
George Blazier, NC
Donald Borzilleri, Milton, GA
John Boyajian, Ninety Six, SC
Joyce Carlough, Raleigh, NC
Jim Dienhart, Harrisburg, NC
Carol Dienhart, Harrisburg, NC
Mack Hester, Asheboro, NC
Pam Hester, Asheboro, NC
Mark Hylton, Stuart, VA
Shawn Lynaugh, Cherryville, NC
Linda Miller, Lincolnton, NC
Keith Nunnery, Henderson, NC
Brian Snavely, Greer, SC
Phyllis Williams, North Wilkesboro, NC
Marsha Wise, Clemmons, NC
Roger Wise, Clemmons, NC
Dale Wasson, Cumming, GA
Gene Armstrong
Joe and Charlotte Cario

SCA Judges Confirmed


Table Captain and Volunteer Roster

Thanks, folks!

Don Carlough, Raleigh, NC
Blake Curtis Hayes, North Wilkesboro, NC
Laurie Hayes, North Wilkesboro, NC
Kathy Lewis, Gastonia, NC
Angela Morris, Hillsborough, NC
Thomas Morris, Hillsborough, NC
Greg Cross, Wise, VA
Mark Gantt, Conover, NC
Edward(Rooster) Hill, Charlotte, NC
Bryan Stewart, Charlotte, NC
David Henderson, Glade Valley, NC
Kari Henderson, Glade Valley, NC
Ernie Hiers, Vilas, NC
Gordon Hubbell, Lincolnton, NC
Don Rogers, Raleigh, NC

...and many more!



Appalachian Mountain BreweryAss Clown Brewing CoBeech Mountain BrewingBhramari BrewiingBlowing Rock BrewingBoondocks BrewingBooneshine Brewing Co.Cavendish Brewing Co.Crystal Coast BrewingD9 Brewing CoDeep River Brewing CoEleven Lakes BrewingFoothills Brewing Co.Granite Falls BrewingKettell BeerworksLaconia AleworksLost Province BrewingMica Town BrewingMolley ChomperMother Earth BrewingNew River BrewingPisgah Brewing CoPreyer Brewing CoPrimal BreweryRed Oak BreweryRusty Bull BrewingSkull Camp BrewingSweeten Creek BrewingThe Duck-Rabbit BreweryUnknown BrewingUpCountry Brewing


Call Family Distillery Copper Barrel Doc PortersFair Game Beverage Co Foothills Distillery Holman Distillery Mayberry Spirits Pinetop Distillery Southern Distilling Co Southern Grace Distillery Warehouse Distillery


Associated Brands
Carolina Heritage Vineyard Duplin Winery Round PeakStardust Cellars

Food Vendors

Boondocks CateringSmoke ThisKalman's Bon Appetit



New River Inn, Glendale Springs
Jefferson Landing, Jefferson
Holiday Inn, West Jefferson


Healing Springs, Crumpler
Holding Rooms
Days Inn, Jefferson
Nations Inn, West Jefferson
Holiday Inn Express, Wilkesboro
Days Inn , Wilkesboro

- Special Rates: mention you are with the BBQ Festival

Hampton Inn, Wilkesboro
Raccoon Holler, Glendale Springs

Parking and Traffic Flow at the Event:

$5 fee which benefits the Fire Department and the Ashe County High School.

Southbound Traffic on 16 will be re-routed along Reno and Bare Road during the event. Multiple parking areas will be prepared, and overflow parking directed to the next as one fills up. Parking for motorcycles will be designated along Hwy 16. Ashe County Activity buses will run a shuttle loop.  

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

Directions on Google Maps:

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

Our Sponsors

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 - Boondocks Brewing, Tap Room and Restaurant

Platinum Partners

Ingles Market

Gold Partners

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

Silver Partners

Guardian Insurance Agency
Sheets Brothers

KCBS - Kansas City 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

Boonedocks Brewing
Jefferson Landing / Jeremy's Lodge
Cross Roads Harley Davidson

Gold Partners

New River Inn and Cabins
Smoky Mountain Barbecue
Scott Brothers Heating & Air

Silver Partners

Reeves DiVenere Wright
Ameriprise Financial
Glenn's Car Care
Enchanted Farm Antiques
Hole-Lotta Doughnuts
Valencia's Graphics
Weaver's Equipment, Inc.

Bronze Partners

Parson's Farms
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.

OVAAT ( One Vet At A Time), an organization built on the belief that it takes a community to hold each other accountable and lift up our brothers and sisters. OVAAT is dedicated to delivering the tools needed for our service members integration back into society and thereafter. We are also committed to providing the proper resources to individuals that are reaching out, to veterans and their families, and anyone affiliated with the military lifestyle