Please visit our Cook Off website!
In a city renowned for its heritage of slow cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood that is known world wide 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 is fierce and fun for everyone. Our 2011 event brought 54 competing teams and over 75 judges from across the United States. The 2012 event brought 55 teams, over 25,000 people and taping of the season finale of the national television show, Pitmasters. The 2013 competition brought 77 teams, the addition of the Smithfield Rib Series, and the Old North State Series. Our most recent Cook-off, which took place in April 2014, was our best yet and we expect next year’s Cook-off to be even better!