Smoking In The Foothills Barbecue Competition & Festival

North Carolina State Championship Event

October 19th & 20th 2018, In Historic Downtown Lenoir, NC


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Thank you for your interest in our event. Please know that we do our best to let you know that we have received your application, but please realize it may be several weeks after you mail the application before your hear from us. 

We also realize that most of you would like to make travel plans as soon as possible. The selection of judges will take place as quickly as possible. 

Judging will take place on October 20, 2018. We observe the standard KCBS times: chicken 12:00, ribs 12:30, pork 1:00, brisket 1:30.

You should arrive and sign in 10:00-10:30. The KCBS reps will have a mandatory meeting at 11:00.

The awards ceremony is at 5 pm, and we encourage you to stay and support the teams.

There is lodging information listed under the Where to Stay link. 

You must show proof of current membership at the check-in, or you may not be allowed to judge if there are current members who are walk-ins and willing to judge. However, to save time at check-in, your certificate has been verified with the KCBS website. If you feel the info there is incorrect, contact

You may download the Judges Application below. 

If you have any questions please email Rachel Harper at:

Judges Information