The 21st annual Smoked Meat Festival is now over. Competition results will be posted soon.
The Nelsonville city streets will remain closed this evening for equipment removal and clean up. Thank you to all the team’s that participated as well as all the vendors and visitors that came in.
The competition and BBQ are in full swing today! The competitors will be turning in their entries until 1:30 this afternoon stop phrase be patient and understanding with them.
The competition awards ceremony will be at the stage on Washington St at about 3:00 pm.
After the competition vendors will be open until sold out.
Beer sales on the square will stop at 11:00 tonight.
Multiple brewing on Washington St will be open until 1:00 am and The Mine will be open until 2:30 am.
The city streets will reopen by 11:0 Sunday morning.
Thank You! to all the local business and sponsors who have been involved this year.
Michael Redecker will be coordinating the team placement, vendor placement and daily operations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. When you arrive in Nelsonville please contact him at the numbers below for assistance getting to the correct space. If you need assistance with things other than on-site issues please continue to use the email and phone numbers for Amy.
Michael’s numbers are: (740) 300-0256 or (740) 590-0571
21st Annual Official Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival-State Championship October 20 and 21, 2017
The 2017 Event Schedule
Friday, October 20
- 10:00 am – Check-in, registration and meat inspection-Vending Area, Hocking Street
- 1:00 pm – Hocking Valley Scenic Railway-Fall Foliage Train, (www.hvsry.org)
- 4:00 pm – Cooks meeting – Elks Lodge, 53 Hocking Street
- Noon – 10:00 pm – Vendors Open, Elks Parking Lot, W. Washington St.
- 4:00 pm – ? – Local Music Entertainment (stage behind Library on W. Columbus St.)
- 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Wine Train by Stuart’s Opera House, https://stuartsoperahouse.org/index.php/event/fall-wine-express-on-the-hocking-valley-scenic-railway/
- 9:00 pm – BBQ Contest Registration Closes
Saturday, October 21
- 7:30 am – Team Breakfast – Will be delivered to the teams at their site
- 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Nelsonville Farmers Market – Vending area, Fayette Street
- 10:30 am – Judges Check In – Elks Lodge, 53 Hocking Street
- 11:00 am – Judge’s Meeting – Elks Lodge, 53 Hocking Street
- 11:30 am – 2:30 pm – Vendors area, Elks Parking Lot, W. Washington St.
- 1:00 pm – Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Halloween Train Ride (http://www.hvsry.org)
- 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – Vendors Open
JUDGING – Elks Lodge, 53 Hocking Street – not open to the public
- 12:00 noon – Chicken
- 12:30 pm – Ribs
- 1:00 pm – Pork
- 1:30 pm – Brisket
- 3:00 pm (Approximately) – Awards Ceremony – Main Stage, Elks Lodge, 53 Hocking Street (stage is behind the building, follow the sidewalk to the right of the main entrance)
I have been busy trying to update some important information on the website for this year’s event. Changes have been made to the schedule of events and list of registered teams and our wonderful judges.
Judges, if you have previously registered to be a judge and have not been contacted recently or do not see your name on the list please contact us and let us know.
Judges check in begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the Judges Meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. sharp. The judging and meeting will be held at the Nelsonville Elks Lodge.
The schedule of events may have additional events added tomorrow so be sure to check back in.
Here is the text version of the PDF file that was posted earlier. This list is current as of 10/15. We will be updating the list whenever there is a change. I apologize if any of the teams are misspelled.
|West Columbus Street
||Elitist Swine BBQ
||Rocky Fork BBQ
||Burning Pig BBQ
||Bogey Smoke BBQ
||Circle L BBQ
||Friday Night Smoke
||Charlie Que BBQ
||The 5V BBQ
|Nelsonville Public Square
||Sucka Bone BBQ
||Double E Smokers
||Brotha K’s BBQ
||Elegantly Violent BBQ
||Ale Yeah BBQ
||Convicted Pig BBQ
||High on the Hog BBQ
||Stacked Racks BBQ Co.
||Outlaw Attitude BBQ
||Brutus & Co. BBQ
||Fatheads Brewing & Smokehouse
||Joe’s Smoke Hole BBQ
||Smoke Rider BBQ
||Tire Smoke BBQ
|Rocky Boot Way (formerly Hocking Street)
||Big Daddy Dove’s BBQ
|| Spittin’ Feathers BBQ
|Rocky Boots Employee Parking Lots
||Smitty Real Pit
||Peace Love Smokyness
||Hee Haw BBQ
The Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival is less than a week away. Sorry we have been behind on getting current information out. Below is a list of all teams that are currently registered. We have also included several maps of the downtown Nelsonville area that show space numbers. Please note that these are not scale maps and not all spaces are shown to actual size.
Make sure if you need electric to bring adequate grounded extension cords (only 20A service is available). Teams will not be able to set up until Friday at NOON.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
The PDF below shows the general layout of the competition and street locations.
W. Columbus St. 1-8
Rocky Boot Way 46-52
Public Square 17-31
Columbus St. 46-50
The Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the “Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival”, on the 3rd weekend of October, on the historic Nelsonville Public Square.
The “Ohio and Smoked Meat and Barbeque Festival” originated in 1996 as the first official state of Ohio championship for smoked meat and BBQ, proclaimed by the governor of Ohio. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Professional competitive BBQ teams from around the world will be competing in the following categories; chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs and beef brisket. The teams will be competing for $10,000 in total cash prizes with the Grand Champion bringing home $2500.
The BARBECUE SPIRIT is alive and well in Nelsonville, but needs your help in continuing the quality competition and family event it has always been. All funds raised are used to directly support the event with funds for event operation and prize money.
With your support this event will be able to continue to be an outstanding autumn event in Southeast Ohio. So please make a donation and then come on down to the Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio the 3rd weekend of October and experience Ohio Barbecue at its finest.
Help spread the word!
Click on the link below to help our gofundme campaign!
The Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 21st Annual “Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival”, on October 20th and 21st, on the historic Nelsonville Public Square.
The “Ohio and Smoked Meat and Barbeque Festival” originated in 1996 as the first official state of Ohio championship for smoked meat and BBQ, proclaimed by the governor of Ohio. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Professional competitive BBQ teams from around the world will be competing in the following categories; chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs and beef brisket.
Teams will be cooking on both the 20th and the 21st, with judging on the afternoon of the 21st. The teams will be competing for $10,000 in total cash prizes with the Grand Champion bringing home $2500.
Information on the festival and daily entertainment is available at the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, http://www.nelsonvillechamber.com, or the festival’s website http://www.ohiobbq.org. You can also follow the competition on Facebook and Twitter.
2017 is a year that is sure to prove the BARBECUE SPIRIT is alive and well in Nelsonville. So, come on down to the Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio October 20 & 21, 2017 and experience Ohio Barbecue at its finest.
Thank you to the 37 competitive BBQ teams from across the country that took part in the 2016 Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival 10/14 – 15. It was a beautiful weekend and a great competition.
Congratulations to Grey Street BBQ from Avon, Indiana for winning grand champion.
Congratulations to Historic BBQ from Lebanon, Ohio for winning reserve grand champion and top Ohio team.
We have posted all completion results below so that they can be downloaded;