Contest Information

General Information

When : April 27-28th, 2018

Friday 5pm – 10:30pm
Saturday 10am – 7:30pm

Where: Historic Uptown Lexington, 207 East 3rd Avenue


About the Competition:

In a city renowned for its heritage of slow cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood that is known worldwide as Lexington-style barbecue, it seems logical that a barbecue cook-off would take place on our streets!

Experience the excitement of international teams competing in Lexington’s acclaimed BBQ Capital Cook-off.  The competition – with a prize purse of $15,900 – is fierce and fun for everyone.

Come Friday night at 6 pm to watch things get started, and stay over through Saturday to enjoy the final awards and all the entertainment.

While the teams serve up their best ribs, chicken, brisket and pork at this KCBS sanctioned event, you can sample all sorts of other treats from local and regional barbecue eateries.

Don’t forget you’ll be in the heart of Lexington, North Carolina and can visit our 15 barbecue restaurants, where the renowned heritage of slow-cooking pork shoulders over hickory is still alive and well.

Then, of course, there are the unique shops within walking distance that bring the best of the past into the present – you’ll love the charm of their individuality.

And just minutes away by car are the national treasures of Childress Vineyards, The Bob Timberlake Gallery and the RCR Racing Museum.


For a complete list of Contest Rules Click Here.


For a list of Things to Do and Places to Stay in Lexington Click Here.