Our New Sponsor


cw09_clean_logoIt’s been finalized.  Cabo Wabo and Cabo Wabo Tequila will be the newest sponsor for The Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival!

As part of this sponsorship with Cabo Wabo there will be 2 additional contests this year.  These will be Friday evening events.

The first will be the Margarita Masters CaboRita competition.  Create your own special and unique margarita using Cabo Wabo Tequlia.

The second will be a Cabo Infused Grilled recipe competition.  Wow us with your own grilled recipe that uses Cabo Wabo Tequila.

Both of these will be open to all contestants.  The cost will be $35 and will allow you to enter both Cabo sponsored contests.  Each team will be provided one bottle of Cabo Wabo Blanco to use in the contest.  The head cook of each team must be at least 21 years of age.  First Prize for each category will be $250!

Applications will be separate from the KCBS entry form and will be available soon as well as the specific contest rules.


2018 Ohio Smoked Meat Applications are here!

Applications for the 2018 competition and vending are now available and are at the bottom of this post.  Please download the form and provide all necessary information.  For vendors, we need all 3 pages returned.  For teams, we only need the first page filled out and sent in.

Please read the forms carefully as there have been changes to both forms this year in an effort to make things more clearly stated.

We are currently working on final negotiations with a new sponsor who wants to bring some incredibly fun things to the competition this year.  As soon as everything is finalized we will be making an announcement.

Because of these potential changes we have not finalized the map and available space numbers yet.  We will be getting those out as soon as we get them done.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in October!

2018 Team Entry Form

2018 Vendor Contract



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.

Saturday Schedule

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.

On-site contact numbers

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

2017 Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival Schedule of Events

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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)