Smoking In The Foothills Barbecue Competition and Festival combines the fun of a family-friendly festival with the excitement of a sanctioned barbecue competition! Our two-day event offers live music, wood crafters' showcase, kids area, raffles, People’s Choice Pulled Pork & BBQ Wings Judging, cornhole tournament, and more!

Our Professional BBQ Competition is a North Carolina State Championship Event and a sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Competition! There are four categories of competition - Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork and Beef Brisket. With thousands of dollars in prize money at stake, KCBS judges and professional cook teams from across the country come to Downtown Lenoir for this hot competition!

It's a festival you WOODn't want to miss!

Thank You to

Our 2019 Sponsors!

Returning October 2021!

The 2020 Festival has been cancelled.