Sun BBQ Fest @ Mohegan Sun
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm

Get fired up for some finger-lickin’ fun during Sun BBQ Fest. Savor the flavors of the best barbeque around with festivities featuring live music, Sam Adams and Tito’s Vodka draft trailers, barbeque battles and so much more you can sink your teeth into!

Look here for team applications  and here for the team FAQ.

The event will count toward the NEBS Classic Team of the Year.


Smokin’ at the Ballpark BBQ Fest @ Old Orchard Beach Ballpark
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm
Great KCBS Barbecue Festival that is laid back and fun! State of Maine Championship to boot! Located at the best beach town in Maine. Lots of space and very accommodating to the BBQ Teams! Come have a little fun in Maine!

Just 40 minutes from the Maine border with New Hampshire.

Cook’s Packet

This contest counts toward the NEBS Classic Team of the Year.

Great Adirondack BBQ Festival @ Hiltebrant Recreation Center
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm

For The Best Grilling and Hardwood Smoking Competition in the Upstate NY, join us at

The Great Adirondack BBQ Festival

Savor the mouthwatering taste of homemade BBQ from exclusive original recipes showcased in four categories: Pork, Pork Ribs, Brisket and Chicken. Marvel at the Finest BBQ Cooks from across the nation.

Win Over $15,000 in Cash Prizes. Our judges are certified members of the prestigious Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).

Eligible for the NEBS Classic TOY.

Cook’s Packet

The Harpoon Brewery BBQ Festival @ Harpoon Brewery
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

Harpoon and NEBS are pleased to announce the 17th Annual BBQ Festival at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor Vermont. This is a KCBS Sanctioned State Championship for the State of Vermont.

This event will feature a NEBS cooking contest on Saturday the 29th, and a KCBS BBQ event on the 30th. Held on site at the Harpoon Brewery, beer and BBQ will be available. Unlike most BBQ contests, almost all of the BBQ teams are selling food at this event, so it’s a great way to try a variety of food prepared by competition teams.

This event is pending NEBS approval for the NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai Cup Team-of-the-Year programs.

Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:12 pm

The 13th annual Hudson Valley Ribfest features a Kids’s Q, NEBS Contest, and KCBS Contest.

Find the cook’s packet here.

This contest is eligible for the NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai Cup TOY races.

The Great Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest @ Fleischmanns Village Park
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm

This summer prepare to have your world and taste buds rocked at “The Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest 2017″ a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque Competition – a day filled with great eats, fantastic music, vendors, lots of prize money and of course…bragging rights!

There will be 3 separate competitions for everyone to enjoy…

1) The Professional Competition: Professional cook teams from all over the country will come to compete against each other for prize money and trophies. ​The Professional contest will be the standard four KCBS meats: Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket at the standard turn-in times, starting at 12 Noon on Saturday, August 26th.

2) The Backyard Teams: open to locals who fancy themselves gourmets of the grill compete for prize money and trophies. ​Backyard teams will compete with two meat categories, Chicken and Ribs.

3) Fire Company Throwdown: where our local fire companies (and maybe not so local) go head on head & hose to hose! The Fire Company teams will compete for prize money and a trophy with one meat category, Chicken.

This contest counts for the NEBS Classic Team of the Year.

Green Mountain BBQ Championship @ Abel Mountain Campground
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – Sep 10 @ 8:07 am

This is a combined KCBS and NEBS cooking contest that is also a qualifier for the World Food Championships for all four NEBS category winners, and the KCBS grand champion.   Unlike past Green Mountain events, this one is being held in a campground and not a large public space, so it’s more focused on the cook teams than the general public.

The four NEBS categories are Bacon, Recipe (chicken), Sandwich, and Dessert.

This contest counts for both the NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai cup TOY races.

Find the cook’s packet/application here.


Smoke on the Water New Jersey State Championship @ Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm

$15,000 prize money!

NJ State Championship

$1,000 people’s choice

$1,000 steak cook-off

Great amenities and VIP welcome party hosted by the Golden Nugget

This KCBS contest is eligible for the NEBS Classic Team of the Year race.

Great Maine Barbecue Challenge @ Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

Welcome to the Great Maine BBQ Challenge, as proclaimed by our governor as a State Championship and
a KCBS and NEBS sanctioned BBQ competition in the state of Maine in 2017.  The competition will be
held at Bass Park in Bangor, Maine.  Surrounded by the picturesque Penobscot River with beautiful
walking paths and easy access to downtown Bangor, the unique spirit of the Greater Bangor Region is
evident in its charming shops, delicious dining and world‐class performing arts.  The opportunity to
indulge in culture and nature will beckon you at every turn and it’s all within a very short drive.
The Great Maine BBQ Challenge will be a three‐day, pet friendly event.  Friday the excitement begins
with set up and preparation. Saturday will hold a NEBS competition followed by a KCBS
sanctioned contest on Sunday.

A big hit with the teams last year, now the event is a shorter drive for most of New England, and features a 20k prize pool, one of the largest in the region.   (3K NEBS, 17K KCBS)

Competitors: this event will count towards 2017 NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai TOY points.