Whole Hog Barbecue Championship

  • Dates: September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Presenting Organization: North Carolina Pork Council
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Admission: $10 in advance; $15 day-of


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. Ticket information coming soon!