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 60 teams fired up their cookers and the crowd grew to over 6,000. 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 8/17

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

  • Pizza
  • Wrapped in Bacon
  • Potato Skins
  • Apple Dessert

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

2018 Results

NEBS Grilling contest
  • Grilled Pizza, Wrapped in Bacon, Strip Steak, Apple Desert
  • 22 Teams
  • Grand Champion: Ribs Within
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Rusty’s Smoke BBQ
  • 1st Grilled Pizza: Rusty’s Smoke BBQ
  • 1st Wrapped in Bacon: Chicken Chokers
  • 1st Rib-Eye Steak: Bronx Bombers BBQ
  • 1st Apple Desert: Mafia Dogs Get Lucky from Behind

View NEBS results here

Sunday 8/18

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 2019 KCBS Rules and Regulations. The 2019 Rules and Regulations can be reviewed at

2018 Results

KCBS BBQ Contest
  • 58 Teams
  • Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket
  • Grand Champion: Millers Backyard BBQ
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Rhone Hog BBQ
  • 1st Chicken: Top Gun BBq
  • 1st Pork Ribs: Not-A-Clue BBQ
  • 1st Pulled Pork: Millers Backyard BBQ
  • 1st Beef Brisket: Millers Backyard BBQ

View KCBS results here

2020 Team List


Signup to be a judge for the 2019 Hudson Valley Ribfest starting February 1st, 2019.
*must be a registered KCBS Judge