BBQ Contest

Barbecue is growing in the Northeast. The proof is in the numbers. More teams are competing and festival attendance grows every year. Last year 50 teams fired up their cookers and the crowd grew to over 16,000. This year’s goal is for 60 teams to pit their barbecue skills against some sharp competition for bragging rights and a portion of the prize money. Limiting to 60 teams will mean a better contest atmosphere so we can take care of contestants. Our event is a NY State Championship. For detailed information download both the Contest Application and the Cooks Info Sheet.

Empire State Barbecue Championship

Thanks to the unprecedented cooperation between competitions in New York State, the Hudson Valley Ribfest is proud to be a member of the Empire State Barbecue Championship.

The BBQ Brethren

If you’re looking for a great resource to learn more about BBQ, visit The BBQ Brethren blog. They’re an online community dedicated to the art of low and slow.


Saturday 8/19

Saturday is the New England Barbecue Society Grilling Contest. Teams will compete in four different categories.

  • Pizza
  • Wrapped in Bacon
  • Strip Steak
  • Apple Dessert

All NEBS entries will have OPEN GARNISH and STUFFING IS ALLOWED. NEBS Grilling Rules can be reviewed at

2016 Results

NEBS Grilling contest
  • Grilled Pizza, Wrapped in Bacon, Chicken Wings, Apple Desert
  • 25 Teams
  • Grand Champion: Good Smoke BBQ, East Rochester, NY
  • Reserve Grand Champion: The Outlaw BBQ
  • 1st Grilled Pizza, Tom Tom Bob A Que
  • 1st Wrapped in Bacon, Good Smoke BBQ
  • 1st Chicken Wings, Good Smoke BBQ
  • 1st Apple Desert, The Outlaw BBQ
Kid’s Que Grilling contest
  • Pork Chops Kids 14 and Under
  • 7 Teams
  • 1st Place Got Pork? Got Milk?
  • 2nd Place Holihan’s “Beer Me” BBQ JR
  • 3rd Place Lillibean BBQ
  • Followed by Little Strugglers, John John BBQ, Full Moon BBQ and Little Greenwitch Que Co.


View NEBS results here

Sunday 8/20

Sunday is the Kansas City Barbeque Society Contest. Teams will compete in four different categories.

  • Chicken
  • Pork Ribs
  • Pork Butt/Shoulder
  • Beef Brisket

All KCBS entries are governed by the 2015 KCBS Rules and Regulations. The 2015 Rules and Regulations can be reviewed at

2016 Results

KCBS BBQ Contest
  • 53 Teams
  • Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket
  • Grand Champion: Smokin Boys and Hot Grills, Canada
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Ack-Que
  • 1st Chicken, Ack-Que
  • 1st Pork Ribs, Checkered Flag 500 BBQ
  • 1st Pulled Pork, Dr. Pearl’s Medicinal Smoke BBQ Team
  • 1st Beef Brisket, Smokin Boys & Hot Grills

View KCBS results here

2017 Team List


Signup to be a judge for the 2017 Hudson Valley Ribfest starting February 1st, 2017.
*must be a registered KCBS Judge