8th Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest

Saturday, April 13th 2019, 11am to 4pm.

The place to be on the second Saturday in April is at the Pig Cookin’ Contest at Spencer Penn Centre! For the 8th Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest, an even larger crowd is expected, topping the 1,400-1,700 in previous years, from all over Virginia and North Carolina.

The Pig Cookin’ Contest is the only BBQ competition in the area that is sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Association. The winners will use their points to qualify for the annual N.C. Barbeque Championship.

Cookers will receive their pigs at 9:00pm Friday night after being recognized at Music Night and then the secret work begins. Each competitor has his or her own secret spices and method of cooking but all using gas heat. After cooking all night, hopefully without any catching fire, the pigs and area are prettied up and waiting for the judges to arrive at 9:00am.

The three judges are sanctioned by the NC Pork Association and have strict rules on how to judge the meat and presentation. As soon as the judges leave a cooker’s tent, the cooker immediately begins stripping the meat and chopping it to take to the kitchen for processing and selling to the public.

Trophy and monetary awards are presented at 11:00am: first prize- $500; second prize-$300, third $200, and a blind taste test $100

Food sales begin at 11:00 in the Alumni Hall.

Handicap parking spaces will be available in the lower parking area (between SP and the Ruritan building).

Menu:  Eat in or carry out plates/sides, sandwiches, BBQ by the pound, homemade desserts, 11am until 4pm

Pig Patty Bingo

Schedule of events for the day will be updated once available.



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There are many volunteer opportunities for this event. We are in need of 50 desserts so if baking is your specialty sign up for a dessert donation. We'll need prep help on Friday the 7th to get ready for the big day and many jobs to fill on the day of. Click on the link below and check out all of the volunteer spots available.

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Help Us Plan For Next Year

Planning for the 7th Annual Pig Cookin' has begun. We can use all the help we can get! Sign up for our monthly updates or check back on the site or our facebook for the planning committee meeting date soon. We hope you can join us!