20th Annual Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival Scheduled for October 14 – 15, 2016

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The Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 20th Annual “Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival”, on October 14th and 15th 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 14th and the 15th with judging on the afternoon of the 15th. 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.

2016 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 14 & 15, 2016 and experience Ohio Barbecue at its finest.

2016 Smoked Meats Entry Form PDF

2016 Smoked Meats Entry Form Word

2016 Smoked Meats Judges Form PDF

2016 Smoked Meats Judges Form Word

2016 Awards Schedule PDF

Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival, Fri 10/16 Schedule of Events


Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival
Friday, October 16th

8:00 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

5:00 – 10:00 pm – Vendors Open

8:00 pm – Midnight – Elks Beer Garden and Food – Elks Lodge, 53 Hocking Street, $5 Cover Charge, must have a picture ID, DJ and Music

9:00 pm – BBQ Contest Registration Closes

BBQ Competition Etiquette for the Public

Weather forecast for Nelsonville BBQ Weekend, Sunny and Cool, Keep your fingers crossed!!!


National Weather Service Forecast for Nelsonville, Ohio, 10/16 – 17

Friday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Light northwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

Saturday – Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph

Keep your fingers crossed for BBQ weekend in Nelsonville.  Remember this is Ohio, give it a few minutes and the weather will change.


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The 19th  Annual Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival has reached its capacity for teams this year and are not accepting anymore teams.  Are available space has been limited because half of the Public Square is closed because of a large fire earlier this year.  The Eastern side of the Public Square is fenced off and filled with construction equipment.

Team space assignments are listed below;

2015 BBQ Team Spaces

Team Spaces Map