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Saturday, September 16, 2023, 2:00 PM until Sunday, September 17, 2023, 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Otter River Sportsman’s Club
Otter River Sportsmans Club, Inc.
250 Lord Rd
Templeton, MA  01436

(978) 939-7375
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Andy King
Event Sponser
NEBS Contest & Kids Q
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Attendees pay for their own charges


📅 Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
📍 Location: Otter River Sportsman’s Club, 250 Lord Rd, Templeton, MA 01436
🌐 Website:
📧 Questions: Contact Andy King at

Calling all BBQ enthusiasts and grill masters! Join us for the sizzling and mouthwatering 2023 Otter River BBQ Cook-Off, presented by The Otter River Sportsman’s Club. Get ready for a flavor-packed day filled with friendly competition, fantastic food, and family fun!

Choose your specialty or take on both categories for a chance to be crowned the Grand Champion! Prepare your tastiest chicken wings and any style of pork rib you desire, be it Loin Back Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, Spareribs, or St. Louis Ribs. The Grand Champion title will be awarded based on the combined total scores from both categories.

Young grillers aged 16 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate in the Otter River "Junior Q" BBQ Cookoff. The contest will feature a special category - "Chef’s Choice." Anything the young cooks wish to enter is allowed, so let their creativity and skills shine! It's not just a contest; it's a valuable opportunity to teach children about safe cooking practices and the use of meat thermometers.

👨‍⚖️ BECOME A JUDGE! 👩‍⚖️
We are looking for passionate judges to ensure fair and delicious competition! The event is NEBS sanctioned, and judges will be accepted on a first-come basis. Categories for judging are Chicken Wings and Pork Ribs. We also need judges for the NEBS Kid’s Q Contest with the category being "Chef’s Choice." Help support the future of New England Barbecue and be a part of this amazing BBQ event.


Saturday, September 16, 2023:

  • 2:00 PM: Cooking teams may start setting up.
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Enjoy a live concert and a delectable BBQ buffet dinner by the Bastey Boys ($20 per person).
  • Midnight: Quiet hours begin.

Sunday, September 17, 2023:

  • 6:00 AM: Cooking teams may continue setup.
  • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Free coffee and homemade Finnish coffee bread for cooking teams.
  • 9:00 AM: Tailgate and Kid’s Q Cooks Meeting to clarify rules and distribute turn-in boxes.
  • 10:30 AM: Kid’s Q Judges Meeting.
  • 10:55 AM - 11:05 AM: Kid’s Q Chicken turn-in.
  • 12:30 PM: Tailgate Judges Meeting.
  • 12:55 PM - 1:05 PM: Chicken Wings turn-in.
  • 1:25 PM - 1:35 PM: Pork Ribs turn-in.

Approximately 3:30 PM: Awards ceremony.

Don't miss out on the smokin' hot fun at the 2023 Otter River BBQ Cook-Off! Mark your calendars for September 17th and get ready to indulge in the best BBQ flavors around. See you there! 🎊🔥🍖