More than 100 Teams, 7 Competitions, $25,000 in Prize Money . . .
1 Grand Champion
Every year, teams travel from throughout the country to compete in one of the largest barbecue contests in America, The Barbecue Championship and Hog Wild Festival. This KCBS-sanctioned contest was named "The 2005 Barbecue Event of the Year" by the readers of the National Barbecue News, and has quickly become one of the premier cooking events in the South.
In addition to the BBQ Championship, The Hog Wild Festival features six additional competitions. The BankTrust Backyard Q-off offers two levels of competitions for teams who aren't quite ready to compete in one of the most challenging contests in the USA. Also, all teams are invited to vie for top honors in both Sauce and Dessert, and can compete in The Seafood Spectacular and The People's Choice Award.
The BBQ Championship
This nationally-recognized, sanctioned contest offers spacious cooks sites, free water and power, two chances to qualify for the Jack Daniels and American Royal Contests, a bountiful cooks' dinner, generous gift bags for teams and judges, and of course $25,000 in prize money. Organizers of this award-winning contest are hopeful that after being placed in the spotlight by a special on the Food Network, that the 2008 contest will be the biggest one yet. Already this contest draws most of the top teams from the Southeast, as well as teams from as far away as Washington and Wisconsin. In fact, teams from 20 states have competed in the BBQ Championship, so far. Judges, too, come from around the country to participate in The BBQ Championship. Since they are all active, KCBS-certified judges, they'll know exactly what to look for in every entry.
Teams entered in this contest will compete in four mandatory meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, and beef brisket. All entries are rated based on their appearance, taste, and tenderness. Each category is scored separately with prize money being awarded to the top 15 teams. Then, scores from the four meat categories are combined to determine which team will be crowned the Grand Champion, and take home the $3000 top prize.
Also as one stop on the Alabama Barbecue Trail, all points earned at the BBQ Championship count towards the prestigious Alabama's Governor Cup.
For their $250 entry fee, teams in the BBQ Championship will receive: A) spacious sites of at least 30' x 30', B) 4 Cooks-access Armbands, which grant entry to the festival and to the Swine & Dine Affair, C) 4 Weekend Passes 1 Cooks/Judges Parking Pass.
The BankTrust Backyard Q-Off
For the first time ever, the Hog Wild Festival is offering cooking contests for both novice and intermediate barbecue competitors.
The Pro-Am Division
This contest is for teams not quite ready to make the jump to the BBQ Championship, and for teams who've competed in sanctioned events but have never finished higher than 30th place overall. Teams in the Pro-Am Division will cook chicken, ribs, and pork, with winners sharing $2500 in prize money.
For their $175 entry fee, teams will receive: A) 2 Cooks-access Armbands, which grant entry to the festival and to the Swine & Dine Affair, B) 15 Weekend Passes, which can be given away or sold for their $10 face value, C) A 20' x 20' site at the festival with power and water available and D) 1 Cooks/Judges Parking Pass.
The Shade Tree Division
For teams simply looking to have some fun and cooks who are new to competitive barbecue, we offer the Shade Tree Division. Teams entered in this contest will compete in two meat categories: ribs and chicken, and the winners will share $500 in cash and prizes.
For their $125 entry fee, teams will receive: A) 2 Cooks-access Armbands, which grant entry to the festival and to the Swine & Dine Affair, B) 10 Weekend Passes, which can be given away or sold for their $10 face value, C) A 20' x 20' site at the festival with power available and D) 1 Cooks/Judges Parking Pass.