Central Maine BBQ Competition


International BBQ coming to Skowhegan, with judges coming from from all across the world. Let’s show them how it is done in our region!

LOCATION: Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, 33 Constitution Ave, Skowhegan, Maine

CHECK-IN TIMES: Friday, June 24th, 2pm–8pm, and Saturday, June 25th, 7am–9am.
If you can’t set up at these times, please contact us.

CONTACT: Julia Turner (BBQ Event Director) Cell: (207) 474-3621, julia@skowheganregion.com

A brief outline of the weekend:


2:00 p.m.: Competitors arrive and set up

5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.: Getting to know everyone and the area event on-site. Appetizers & dinner will be available. Social time, a fire, and music!


Family fun activities: Bounce House, Burrow’s Farm & Petting Zoo & more!

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Competitors arrive and setup (no driving on the fairgrounds after 9:00am) for BBQ teams

10:00 a.m.: KCBS reps to inspect meat and cooking stations for KCBS contest

1:30 p.m.: Kids Q team meeting

2:15 p.m.: Kid’s Q judges meeting

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: People’s Choice judging

2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Live music
with River Botton Funk

3:30 p.m.: Kids Q turn-in

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: SCA Judging class

5:00 p.m.: SCA cooks meeting

5:30 p.m.: Kids Q awards

6:00 p.m.: KCBS Cooks meeting

6:30 p.m.: SCA Judging meeting

7:30–8:00 p.m.: SCA turn-ins

9:00 p.m.: SCA and People’s Choice awards


10:00 a.m.: KCBS judges’ meeting

12:00 p.m.: KCBS chicken turn in

12:30 p.m.: KCBS pork ribs turn in

1:00 p.m.: KCBS pork shoulder turn in

1:30 p.m.: KCBS Beef Brisket turn in

3:00–4:00 p.m.: KCBS awards

Cookoff Payouts

SCA Steak Cookoff

THE PAYOUTS: 1st $500 / 2nd $300 / 3rd $200 (Trophies for 1st-3rd.)

Kids Q – Gourmet Hotdogs

Trophies and ribbons will be awarded to the teams along with your own grill and utensils.

First Responder’s Challenge

Trophies and ribbons will be awarded to the teams.

One Meat Challange: Ribs

Prize money and trophies will be awarded to the teams.


Prize money will be awarded for the winner of this category.

KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society)

Prizes for KCBS as follows:

Grand Champion: $3,900 + Trophy

Reserve Champion: $1,800 + Trophy

1st Place/Categories: $400 + Trophy
2nd Place/Categories: $300 + Trophy
3rd Place/Categories: $200 + Trophy
4th Place/Categories: $100 + Trophy
5th Place/Categories: $75 + Trophy

Total Purse for KCBS: $10,000