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
  • Rib-Eye Steak
  • Apple Dessert


  • Sliders

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
  • 25 Teams
  • Grand Champion: Up in your Grill
  • Reserve Grand Champion: A Mazie Q
  • 1st Grilled Pizza, Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery
  • 1st Wrapped in Bacon, Greenwitch Que Co.
  • 1st Strip Steak, Up in Your Grill
  • 1st Apple Desert, The Chosen Bacon
Kid’s Que Grilling contest
  • Skirt Steak Kids 14 and Under
  • 7 Teams
  • 1st Place Full Moon Q
  • 2nd Place Got Pork? Got Milk?
  • 3rd Place Lillibean BBQ
  • Followed by Miss Charcoal, Maddie-Que, Hooshi Q and Bronx Bombers BBQ Jr.


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 2018 KCBS Rules and Regulations. The 2018 Rules and Regulations can be reviewed at

2018 Results

KCBS BBQ Contest
  • 59 Teams
  • Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket
  • Grand Champion: Blazin’ Buttz BBQ
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Pullin’ My Money Muscle
  • 1st Chicken, Team Eatapedia
  • 1st Pork Ribs, The Bearded One BBQ
  • 1st Pulled Pork, Three Dogs BBQ
  • 1st Beef Brisket, Rhode Hog BBQ

View KCBS results here

2019 Team List


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