Public Tasting

Waxhaw Grill'n & Chill'n BBQ Cook-off Public Tasting Event

On Friday morning, 30 professional BBQ teams will descend on downtown Waxhaw bringing with them grills, chicken, beef brisket, ribs and pork butts. They will be firing up their grills Friday night, and cooking all night long. Over 45 certified Kansas City BBQ Society judges will be in town Saturday morning to put their palettes to the test and choose the best BBQ cooks.

Then at 1:30 pm, YOU get to be the judge! Join us for the Public Tasting. Over half of the teams will put out ribs and pork butt for you to taste. Then YOU GET TO VOTE for the best BBQ and the best RIBS along with a panel of celebrity judges.

Here is what you need to know.

What is the BBQ public tasting event?

After the BBQ teams have completed the KCBS sanctioned contest, many BBQ teams offer a sampling of their BBQ to the public to assist the local community in promoting the event, and to help recoup the costs of putting on the event. BBQ teams serve a sample of their BBQ and pork ribs. The Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off public tasting portion of the event is put on by the Town of Waxhaw with the assistance of a local charitable organization. All proceeds from the public tasting are given to the local charitable organization for assistance with team arrival and setup on Friday, judge check-in on Saturday morning, public tasting ticket sales, and the public tasting set-up, staffing and clean-up on Saturday afternoon. It takes in excess of 50 volunteers to assist with hosting the event and the Town of Waxhaw would not be able to host the festival if it were not for the assistance of these volunteers.

Selection of Charitable Organization

A local charitable organization is picked based on submissions to the Town of Waxhaw Events Division on an annual basis. The ability to provide a sufficient volunteer base to support the event is a priority consideration. If at all possible, the same charitable organization will not be chosen during two consecutive years.

What are the hours of the Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off Public Tasting Event?

Saturday, October 8, 2016 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

What are the ticket prices for the public tasting?

$10 for 10 tickets

1 one oz. BBQ taste = 1 ticket

1 rib bone = 2 tickets

What are the People’s Choice Awards?

A panel of celebrity judges (residents from the Town of Waxhaw) and the public cast ballots during the Public Tasting Event on Saturday afternoon to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Awards for Butts and Ribs.

First, second and third place awards and cash prizes are given to the winning BBQ teams.

People’s Choice Awards Information and Voting Rules

A panel of 7 celebrity judges picked from the Town of Waxhaw will judge each cooking team’s Butts and Ribs entry separately on a scale of 1-10. The judges’ scores will be added together to give each team two subtotals - one for Butts and one for Ribs. The public will also vote for their favorite taste of Butts and Ribs. The top 3 teams receiving the most public votes will receive additional points to be added to the celebrity judges subtotals. The team with the most public votes will be awarded 4 additional points; second most votes will receive 3 additional points; third most votes will receive 2 additional points. The combined totals of the celebrity judges and the public vote will determine the Public Tasting Winners in Butts and Ribs (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). The celebrity judges rankings will be the deciding factor in the event of a tie.