Hudson Valley Rib Fest @ Ulster County Fairgrounds
Aug 14 – Aug 16 all-day

Barbecue is growing in the Northeast. The proof is in the numbers. More teams are competing and festival attendance grows every year. Last year 50 teams fired up their cookers and the crowd grew to over 16,000. 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 50 teams will mean a better contest atmosphere so we can take care of contestants. Our event is a NY State Championship. This event features a NEBS four category contest on Saturday and a traditional four category KCBS contest on Sunday. 

For detailed information download both the Contest Application and the Cooks Info Sheet, which can be downloaded here.

This event counts toward NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai Team of the Year.  


The Best Chef Competition @ waterfront park
Aug 29 – Aug 30 all-day

The City of New London is proud to host the state of Connecticut’s Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) state championship for the fifth year in a row. Barbecue and grilling enthusiasts throughout the country will compete for top recognition in the State. The winner of the event will qualify to compete in the American Royal Barbecue in Kansas City.

The Best BBQ Chef Competition, where barbecue and grilling enthusiasts throughout the country will compete for top recognition in the State. Enjoy a BBQ competition where you can interact with the chefs while taking in the aromas of their grills, watch food demos from local restaurants and absorb the sounds of live entertainment.

The Best BBQ Chef Competition Contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). KCBS 2015 contest rules will be in effect.


For more information go to the event website.

This event counts for the NEBS Classic Team of the Year

Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships @ Riverside Park
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day

Brisket, Pork, Ribs and Chicken — the best professional BBQers in New England will battle for the title of Grand Champion and the Peoples Choice Champion in this KCBS and World Food Championships sanctioned State Championship!

Our Grand Champion winner will also receive a Golden Ticket and a $1000 travel Stipend to the World Food Championships held 11/2015 in Orlando, Florida!!!

Join us on the eve of the contest for a mouthwatering culinary adventure of savory barbecue and thirst-quenching craft brews!

The Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championship will host up to 30 teams for two days of competition with proceeds benefiting Riverfront Recapture’s continuing effort to provide public parks with free recreational activity, events, and youth programs.

This event counts toward the NEBS Classic TOY