RALEIGH, N.C.— For a third year, the leading whole hog cooking teams in North Carolina will soon battle hog to hog to determine the state’s pork barbecue cooking champion, as part of Raleigh’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.
The tasty cook-off, which culminates with barbecue being sold to the public, will be held downtown, allowing the public to watch the teams compete, beginning on the evening of Oct. 2 and culminating with judging on Oct. 3.
The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) sponsors and sanctions the championship hog cook-off, oversees team qualification and selects certified judges. Headquartered in Raleigh, the NCPC supports and represents the state’s pork-production industry.
In the six months prior to the October championship, local competitive cooking contests have attracted an estimated 100,000 barbecue lovers, mostly across Eastern North Carolina. Between 25-30 teams will be on-site in downtown Raleigh to showcase their expertise.
“It’s been a great year for the Whole Hog Barbecue Series, with delicious barbecue being cooked and sold, raising thousands of dollars for charities and organizations across North Carolina,” said Ann Edmondson, director of communications and marketing, NCPC. “Next week’s championship will showcase tough competitors who are ready to take the title of Champion. We hope World of Bluegrass Festival attendees will join us to watch the competition, and enjoy our barbecue experience events.”
There are three barbecue experience meals throughout the IBMA weekend, including two dinners, and a lunch benefitting the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS). Dinner experience tickets are $15 and can be purchased prior to the event at http://www.ncpork.org/events/nc-barbecue-experience/. IFFS will be selling championship sandwiches for $5 at Cabarrus Crossroads from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday.
Barbecue events during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Street Festival include:
For more details on visit www.wholehogbarbecue.com, www.ncpork.org, the Whole Hog Barbecue Facebook page or the NCPC Facebook page.
Content provided by the N.C. Pork Council, a statewide organization chartered in 1962 to support producers and allied industry partners within the North Carolina pork industry. Today, the pork industry provides almost 46,000 full-time jobs and adds $11 billion to North Carolina’s economy.