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 8/22

Saturday is the Steak Cookoff Association.  Teams will compete in two different categories.

  • Steak
  • Apple Dessert

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

View NEBS results here

Sunday 8/23

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

View KCBS results here

2022 Team List


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