BBQ Contest 2023

BBQ Contest 2023

Welcome to your online HUB for everything related to our 8th Annual BBQ Contest! ABC Mississippi is excited to host everyone on Friday, October 27, 2023, for this fun event at ABC Mississippi headquarters in Pearl. All registration options are noted below and you click the blue button to register. The deadline for confirmed availability of t-shirts is October 6 and the deadline to register is October 13, 2023. To register for BBQ, click here. To sign up to be a judge, click here. To register to play cornhole, click here.

8th Annual BBQ Contest
Benefiting Hope Village for Children
Friday, October 27, 2023
5165 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, Mississippi 39208


  • PLATINUM PIG SPONSOR   This $500 sponsorship includes one 4-person team, 4 t-shirts, 4 hats, and signage.
  • GOLDEN CHICKEN SPONSOR   This $350 sponsorship includes one 4-person team, 4 t-shirts and signage. 
  • SILVER SOW SPONSOR   This $250 sponsorship includes 4 t-shirts and signage. No team included.
  • BRONZE BOAR SPONSOR   This $100 sponsorship includes signage only. No team included. Perfect for those just wanting a tent!
  • TEAM ENTRY FEE   This $300 fee includes the participation of one team of 4 people. Includes t-shirts.




Contest Rules

  • The ABC Mississippi BBQ contest is not a professional contest and does not have professional judges. The contest is purely for fundraising and fun. No professional cooking teams are permitted. 
  • A team registration covers four (4) participants. 
  • There will be three (3) judges in each food category. Teams must bring enough food for judges only. All leftover foods may either be distributed to the crowd or boxed for The Lord's Supper organization to feed the homeless. Please ask ABC Mississippi team members for to-go boxes.
  • All teams will be provided with a registration packet (4 t-shirts, team number, pre-numbered judging containers, and rules).
  • All cooking locations are on a first-come, first-serve basis (1 and 1/2 parking space). Advance setup is permitted but no security will be provided.
  • Teams must provide all desired grilling items including food, grills, grilling utensils, tables, chairs, tents, sampling dishes for the crowd, judging box for crowd favorites, and disposal of all used coals and cooking debris.
  • Teams must provide any additional desired company or team-related signage.
  • Coolers are permitted. 
  • Garnishment is optional but not required.
  • Appetizers are optional and for crowd sampling only.
  • Pork butts & shoulders are accepted and can be marinated the night before. 
  • Pork ribs & chicken must be prepared onsite.
  • Each team must submit food for three (3) judges (per category) in containers with the official team number affixed.
  • All food will be scored by judges based on appearance, taste/flavor, and tenderness.
  • To maintain anonymity, all judging will be number-based. 
  • No refunds will be issued for any entry fees.


The following highlights the agenda for our BBQ Contest. Participants can start cooking as early as they'd like to, however, there is no security onsite.


6:00 am to 6:15 am Gates Open *teams may arrive earlier, however, there is no security on site.
6:15 am to 6:30 am Registration Packet Pickup: Inside MCEF Training Center
6:00 am to 12:00 pm Cooking 
10:00 am Gates Open to Public
10:00 am to 12:00 pm YP Cornhole Tournament | Register
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Rib Category Judging
1:30 pm  to 2:00 pm Chicken Category Judging
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Pork Shoulder/Butt Judging
3:00 pm Winners Announced