Team information for the 2019 Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival 10/18-19 in Nelsonville, Ohio

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Dear Competition Barbecue Team,

Thank you for entering the 2019 Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival. The Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor this annual festival being held on October 18th and 19th on the historic Nelsonville Public Square.

The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Your professional competitive BBQ team and teams from around the country will be competing in the following categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket. They will be competing for $7,000 in total cash prizes with the Grand Champion bringing home $2,500.

Judging will be held at the Nelsonville Elks Lodge located at 53 Rocky Boot Way.

Important Events:

Friday, October 18th Saturday, October 19th
Steak Competition
3pm Cooks Meeting – 7pm Turn In @ The Elks Lodge
12:00 Noon – Chicken Turn In
12:30 p.m.   – Ribs Turn In
BBQ Cooks Meeting @ The Elks Lodge
1:00 p.m.   – Pork Turn In
1:30 p.m.   – Brisket Turn In

Information on the festival and daily entertainment is available at the festival’s website You can also follow the competition on Facebook and Twitter. If you need lodging, please consult the following Websites for lodging information;

Athens County Visitors Bureau – Where to Stay –

Hocking Hills Tourism Association – Where to Stay –

Please RSVP if you will be attending this year’s event. Thank you for your time and dedication to BBQ!!!

Some important safety and housekeeping information.

  1. Team placement will NOT BEGIN BEFORE 9:00am FRIDAY!
  2. Electricity for all teams is 110v/15a. There is no 220v available.
  3. Bring an extension cord, electric adapters, a hose, and a hose “Y” connector.
  4. All teams and vendors must comply with the Ohio Fire Code.
    • A fire extinguisher (A or ABC) is required at the cooking site. It must have a current year inspection tag.
    • All LP fuel tanks in use or storage must be secured with cable or chain only.
  5. When occupying your assigned space, you must be completely within the space boundaries. This is especially important with spaces 13-17 and 20-24.


Team Placement Information and Maps

Author: ohiosmokedmeat

A KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition. BBQ is back on the Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio October 16 & 17, 2020. Check out Nelsonville and experience Ohio Barbecue at its finest.

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